Okaloosa Walton Homeless Continuum Of Care Opportunity, Inc.

Rating: 4.92 stars   13 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing

Location: 203 Cloverdale Boulevard Fort Walton Beach FL 32547 USA

Mission: Our organization is pivotal in assisting homeless persons in becoming both sheltered and self-sufficient.
Results: We house over 250 family members per year at Opportunity Place, providing up to 90 days of food, shelter and programs designed to enable self-sufficiency. Almost 87% transition to permanent housing and employment. We helped an additional 500 families using federal stimulus dollars to keep near-homeless families housed and homeless families rehoused. Our employment program serves 50 veterans and their families each year, with an 80% success rate in gaining occupational skills,employment, and housing. Each case manager provides resources to 100 clients per year.
Target demographics: Homeless and precariously housed families and individuals
Direct beneficiaries per year: 500 clients
Geographic areas served: Okaloosa and Walton Counties, Florida
Programs: Opportunity Place: shelter for women and families Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program: employment program for female veterans and veterans with families Satellite Offices: Outreach and case management to rural areas Lead Agency of Continuum of Care - forge partnerships, mutual support, service coordination among community stakeholders Homeless Management Information System: web-based computer database system for collecting data, facilitating case management for 2-county region
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

Opportunity Inc. is dedicated to serving those in need in our area. Those in the community feel comfortable referring anyone to the organization for a variety of needs and they work hard to ensure the needs are met. They work closely with all the other agencies and churches in the community to coordinate services and provide resources to both clients and partners.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

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Opportunity, Inc. is an exceptional program. The social workers and members of this organization truly care about the people they are helping. They have made it a personal goal to help get people back on their feet and into their own home. I know several of the social workers personally, and they continually impress me with their empathy and passion to create a better world. Long days and nights are spent negotiating with landlords, and employers in the hopes of getting homeless families into a home. This program empowers the homeless to lead better lives by giving them hope that they will have a place to sleep and live.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Friends of family members who were able to find a better living situation after being helped by Opportunity, Inc.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase their budget and encourage them to pay their social workers (and give them health benefits!) more for their long hours and hard work. It would also be wonderful if they had a 'pay it forward' program where people who have been helped by Opportunity, Inc, would return the favor by volunteering their time.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

Family

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been struck by the depth and breath of activities that Opportunity, Inc have done to help the community- including helping children and young families get off the street and directed towards self sustaining employment and housing. They assist and coordinate with multiple other charitable organizations in the county including transition housing for the homeless and/or children leaving foster homes. Opportunity, Inc helped the local board of health find funding for health care for the homeless.

The residents that graduate from Opportunity place leave with more than just a job and a direction. They leave with a sense of pride.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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