BENEFITS FOR THE COMMUNITY
Benefits for the Community
According to an independent Community Impact Assessment performed by Las Vegas-based Applied Analysis, Opportunity Village reduces the demand for Public Health and Human Services. The majority of programs offered by Opportunity Village to people with intellectual disabilities are funded by the work-related activities of those individuals, by special event fundraising and by charitable donations from individuals and organizations. The report states that, in the absence of Opportunity Village, state and local governments would be required to provide similar services that would increase public cost by more than $22 million annually. The Community Impact Assessment also states that Opportunity Village reduces the demand for other state and local services. State and local governments would have increased costs for homelessness, poverty, health care and criminal justice in the absence of Opportunity Village. While it is difficult to measure with any level of precision, the report anticipates these costs to be tens of millions annually.
To see the full Community Impact Assessment, click here.
Benefits to Tax Payers
Nevada taxpayers also realize important benefits. Opportunity Village’s Vocational Training and Employment Programs are not another welfare program for individuals with disabilities. Rather, these programs enable them to work, to experience the same social and creative opportunities we all have as citizens of Nevada. The contracts Opportunity Village supports – just like any competitive business - must be completed on time at prices agreed upon with the contracting businesses. We must meet the appropriate quality requirements because if we do not, the customer will simply find another source to fill the need. Opportunity Village operates its services and packaging & assembly contracts as would any other business.
Employment generated through Opportunity Village business contracts helps to reduce dependence on government benefits and increases tax revenues. Opportunity Village pays wages that permit people with disabilities to reduce their need for other government benefits. Work at Opportunity Village’s four Employment Resource Centers is often the first, and sometimes the only, employment option available for the people the Centers serve. Both Employment Resource Center and Community Employment opportunities allow individuals to become productive members of society and to join the ranks of the taxpayers of Nevada.