Opportunity Village celebrates the Grand Opening of Betty's Village, an inclusive residential housing community!
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Photo Caption: Kris Engelstad McGarry, with the help of future Betty’s Village resident Cory Blythe, cuts the ribbon at the grand opening of Betty’s Village. They are joined on stage by Governor Steve Sisolak, Opportunity Village President and CEO Bob Brown, Commissioner Michael Naft, and several future residents, board members, and employees of Opportunity Village.
LAS VEGAS — On Wednesday, June 9th, Opportunity Village officially celebrated the Grand Opening of Betty’s Village, an inclusive residential housing community for people of diverse abilities. Betty’s Village is a unique and thoughtful community for residents to live, grow, and recreate in an integrated neighborhood.
“Betty’s Village is not the bricks and mortar you see here. It’s the people that you see here, the volunteers, staff, it’s the people who made this possible,” said Governor Steve Sisolak. “It gives people a chance at independence and a future. It gives their family members peace of mind because of this remarkable facility.”
More than an apartment complex, Betty’s Village will be a model community for inclusive residential sites throughout the United States.
“After a long journey, we are finally here at the opening of Betty’s Village. This is the greatest project in the history, the long history, of Opportunity Village. This project was not done for money, power, or prestige. It was done for the betterment of mankind,” said Bob Brown, Opportunity Village CEO and President. “The need to be in a home is deep in the human heart, and that dream becomes a reality today.”
Photo Caption: Bob Brown, President and CEO of Opportunity Village, gives opening remarks at the grand opening of Betty’s Village.
The Engelstad Family Foundation provided significant funds for the community to be built and operate. Their incredible contribution is what made Betty’s Village possible and why the community was named in honor of Betty Engelstad.
“This project was described to us as one of love, security, and warmth. That’s the personification of my mother,” said Kris Engelstad McGarry, daughter of Betty Engelstad. “We hope that this becomes a national model. We hope that compassion and love isn’t limited to the Las Vegas Valley.”
While Opportunity Village will serve as the property owner, Stout Property Management Company will manage the community. Residents will each independently choose a provider for direct support services, as needed.
Photo Caption: Opportunity Village performance group, The Village Blend, sings and dances through a mash up performance including “Our House” by Crosby, Stills and Nash and Flo Rida’s “My House.”
Betty’s Village is a true community collaboration with involvements that benefit residents and the wider community. BlindConnect will house its brail library within the Clubhouse, while simultaneously offering the resource to their clientele and Betty’s Village residents. The private clubhouse, the focal point of Betty’s Village, offers residents and their invited friends to exercise in the gym, swim or lounge in the pool and spa, use the game or hobby rooms and watch movies in the multipurpose room. Onsite concierge services will be available seven days a week to assist residents in understanding and accessing their options within Betty’s Village and the surrounding community.
Photo Caption: John, Blake, Lia, and Ryan take a moment to smile for a picture in what will soon be the roommates’ living room.
All of the residences will include Cox Homelife Automation, as well as the company’s Gigablast internet, telephone and cable. A longstanding supporter of Opportunity Village, Cox’s partnership will enable each resident of Betty’s Village to tailor technology to meet their diverse needs.
In addition, Best Mattress and Sealy teamed together to provide the future residents of Betty’s Village a complete bed set. The donation includes 89 Sealy mattresses with coordinating box springs and Knickerbocker bed frames.
About Betty’s Village
Betty’s Village is a welcoming, inclusive community for people of diverse abilities. Thanks to tremendous support from the Engelstad Foundation and other community partners, construction broke ground on the $35 million residential housing project in September, 2019. Betty’s Village will welcome residents seeking both independent and semi-independent living. It consists of 70 units, 6 of which are fully ADA accessible, a Clubhouse, multi-purpose spaces, and more.
Betty’s Village is owned by Opportunity Village, a not-for-profit organization that serves people throughout Southern Nevada with intellectual and developmental disabilities, to enhance their lives and the lives of the families who love them.
About Opportunity Village
Mission: Opportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization that serves people throughout our community with intellectual disabilities, to enhance their lives and the lives of the families who love them.
Seven families who were determined to give their children with disabilities the best lives possible founded Opportunity Village in 1954. Now, more than six decades later, Opportunity Village is one of the most recognized and respected organizations of its type in the United States.
Nevada’s largest employer of people with disabilities, Opportunity Village serves over 3,000 individuals annually, providing vocational training, employment, habilitation and social recreation programs and services that improve their lives.
People supported in Opportunity Village’s Prevocational Training Programs and in jobs provided by the organization throughout the community, have collectively earned wages amounting to more than $3.7 million in 2020. They are hardworking and diligent, proudly paying taxes and happily leading fulfilling lives.
Primarily a self-funded organization, Opportunity Village generates the majority of its operational funding through its employment contracts, multiple business lines, fundraising efforts such as the Magical Forest and Great Santa Run, and grants on the federal and state level, saving Nevada taxpayers more than $37 million annually.
Erin Mowry, R&R Partners
Marty Wood, Opportunity Village
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