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Review for Handicap Village dba Opportunity Village, Clear Lake, IA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

I have come to know many of the Village's clients through my daughter's association with Opportunity Village. I have seen first hand what a wonderful organization they are and the difference they make in the lives of people with disabilities.

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

I would continue to try to find additional funding sources in order that the Village could carry on their very important mission. The need is great and the services they provide are crucial for so many individuals. Hopefully Opportunity Village can expand their services beyond the current range of care.

Role:  Donor & We have actively partcipated in fund raising effrots such as Festival of the Trees and the annual Village Walk. We continue to try and donate our time and dollars to Opportunity Village.