This is an amazing place that began with a Christ-driven vision to provide a place for people with handicaps to recieve care with dignity and compassion. Opp Village serves "the least of these" as Jesus commanded us to do and does so with excellence in every way! With many personal ties to Opp Vill, I had the opportunity to work there over a summer in college and still maintain relationships with some of the clients there. What a wonderful place that has been a blessing to me and continues to be to so many others! I am now honored to support them!
When I was growing up there was a Widow who lived next door to to us who had a son with mental illness. During the summer months she would put him outside on a chair and he would do nothing but twist and turn a little belt he held in his hands. I had to baby sit (or adult sit as he was a young man) and even in the house he would do very little but twist that belt. As time passed, the Mother could not care for Willard any longer and she placed him at Opportunity Village. I did not see him for a couple of years and then one day, when I was at the Village on business, I saw Willard and could not believe the transformation. The man who could do nothing but twist that belt was helping in the Kitchen. After that it seemed like everytime I saw him he was doing more and seemed so proud. This man now had a real life. I do not believe you can ask more of an organization than that. They are miracle workers.
Opportunity Village is what we've searched for in every state we've resided in throughout my daughter's life. Since the day she was diagnosed we knew we had to find a place that would provide her with caring, dignity and purpose in her adult years. It's been a 20 year search. From California, Illinois, Florida, New York, to Iowa we have searched for this place. Now in a tiny community in the northern part of Iowa we found Opportunity Village. My daughter attends daily and paticipates in the varioius employment areas, craft areas, volunteer opportunities, and social networking the Village offers her. Her life is full of laughter, friends, and most importantly opportunity. We have watched as this organization continues to support large numbers of disabled people throughout the community with constant budget cuts from state and federal funding. They actively search for revenue streams while continuing to organize fund raisers and community outreach to supplement the shrinking dollars. The Village is dedicated to the services it provides each and every client. While implementing cost saving measures their remaining goal is it to continue to serve their clients at the same level of care they are known for throughout the surrounding communities. While continuing to battle the budget crunches it remains a haven of kindness, caring, and a belief in every person's ability to contribute. Our child has found her place in a community of friends who have her best interests at heart. Opportunity Village continues their service to disabled individuals with "privacy, dignity, and purpose" and most importantly with caring.
This facility aids mentally and developmentally handicapped individuals learn skills in self help and to become more functioning in society.
I feel confident that my gifts to Opportunity Village are used wisely and for the good of those dependent on the Village. I receive an immediate acknowledgment of my gift with a handwritten note so I know my gift is appreciated. The newsletters and other mailings help me see how my gift is used and give me confidence in the organization. Seeing how this agency has impacted lives is heartwarming. Not only has the Village changed lives for people with disabilities, it has changed the lives of many who live in North Iowa.