BENEFITS FOR PEOPLE WE SERVE
Long Term Work Experience
Unlike many short-term job placements that are here today and gone tomorrow, the procurement of goods and services with local businesses provides long-term, stable employment for people who choose to work in a more sheltered environment as well as the procurement of service contract work in the community.
Learning Marketable Job Skills
Through the vocational training and employment programs, the individuals with disabilities that we serve have the chance to develop job skills that offer opportunities for individual advancement. By expanding their scope of experience and enhancing their work knowledge they are able to tackle new assignments at increasingly higher levels of difficulty. This experience prepares them for a wider variety of jobs, either within Opportunity Village Employment Resource Centers and campuses or in community-based jobs throughout the valley.
Many of the people served by Opportunity Village live either with their families or in supported living arrangements in the community. Most of the income received from disability insurance goes for basic room and board and medical costs, meaning the income earned while working at Opportunity Village is often their only source of disposable income.
People with disabilities are human beings, just like you and me. They want to live the same kind of lives we do; living, working, playing and learning in an inclusive, community environment. The unemployment rate for people with disabilities continuously exceeds 60 percent and access to community-based social opportunities, cultural options and living choices are few and far between. Opportunity Village helps each individual find employment and participate in activities that broaden their community experiences.