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Handicap Village dba Opportunity Village

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Group Homes, Human Services

Mission: Opportunity Village commits to excellence in service to individuals with disabilities.

Results: People with disabilities have experienced personal growth in their lives. Some have gained employment others now live without any support services.

Target demographics: All age groups of Iowans with permanent disabilities.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 600

Programs: Vocational training, job readiness, daily living skill development, social skill development, community involvement.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Opportunity Village has been providing services to our special needs son and daughter for the past 5 years. The day that we moved the kids to an apartment was one of the hardest of our lives. I knew we had found the perfect Supported Community Living (SLC) staff supervisor - Ann Hoefer - when she shed as many tears as I did. "Angel Ann" (as we call her!) and her staff go above and beyond to support our kids. Opportunity Village has made living life as independent as possible for special needs kids because they truly care about each person that they work with. We have been blessed to have them as part of our "family"!

Client Served

Rating: 5

After the death of our parents my sister Sandra moved to Opportunity Village in 2003. Opportunity Village has given Sandra a new life plus a new home. They provide so much for her for example Swimming, baseball games, boat rides, fairs, bowling, movies, learned to play bells. I am so proud of her and Opportunity Village has given this all to her. The staff and other clients are like family to her.

Carol F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Opportunity Village is such an AMAZING place with AMAZING people!!!:) My sister, Mary, moved into Opportunity Village in the Fall of 1985; during which I went off to college too. It was called "Handicap Village" then, but Mary called it "Handicap College", because that is where you go when you finish high school, she is just adorable:) Everyone was going through adjustments, but Opportunity Village so eased the transition for Mary and our family. She has an extraordinary life there. It is so much better than if she would have stayed home with my parents or even with one of her siblings, because she has her own life and is given experiences that she would have missed other wise. I know it makes my mom sad at times when Mary says she is ready to go home, but I know it gives all of us peace knowing that Mary has this spectacular home with such an incredible family that loves her at Opportunity Village. Our family feels so blessed by Opportunity Village.


Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has been a client at Opportunity Village for going on eight years. Lauren has a condition called San Felipo Syndrome. Mental retardation and increased loss of physical abilities. The staff at Opportunity Village treat her with love, dignity, respect and honor. Annual reviews are followed up on throughout the year to be certain the objectives and goals are being accomplished as well as communicated to any new members of the care team. Physical therapy along with community experiences keep her active and alert. We are very thankful to have such a wonderful facility and group of heros to see her through the challenges she faces daily.