When Opportunity Village closed its doors on March 19 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, departments across the entire organization were impacted.
LAS VEGAS – When Opportunity Village closed its doors on March 19 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, departments across the entire organization were impacted. Business contracts with community partners were either paused or canceled; the cancellation of HallOVeen and the Magical Forest resulted in a major setback for the Fundraising team; and there was a lot of uncertainty from a programmatic standpoint.
Opportunity Village reopened its doors again in June at 25% capacity. Since then, we were authorized to increase program occupancy to 50% capacity. We have been safely increasing the number of participants coming back. And while we are not at full capacity, and these changes are only temporary, we are excited to gradually welcome individuals served back to campus.
Opportunity Village is keeping the health, safety, meaningful programming, and connections a top priority. That means doing things for the first time in the not-for-profit’s 66-year history, including:
- Adjusting the in-person program structure to accommodate social distancing
- Implementing in-home care for high-risk individuals
- Turning to virtual offerings to maintain constant contact with those previously served on campus
- Switching traditional in-person signature events like Camelot and the Las Vegas Great Santa Run to virtual events
- Fundraising almost exclusively from afar
- Utilizing virtual volunteers
In an effort to serve as many families and people with disabilities as possible, we are continuing our adjusted program structure. The changes help make sure our group sizes are smaller, that spaces can accommodate social distancing, and provides staff ample time to thoroughly sanitize between programs. N95 masks are worn as appropriate for clinical, custodial, or screening personnel. Properly fitted cloth face masks are worn as (medically) advised by all others on campus. All staff frequently, and between relevant contact, practice recommended hand washing protocol (to wash hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds and/or utilize hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol).
Most day habilitation services operate from 7:00 am – 1:00 pm and Employment Training services operate from 1:30 pm – 7:00 pm.
Upon entry to our campuses, all staff and individuals served undergo daily COVID-19 screening protocols which include temperature checks and answering the CDC recommended symptom screening questions. Prior to re-opening our on-campus programs, all OV staff were tested for COVID-19 by UNLV School of Medicine.
We are continuing to provide in-home support with direct care staff to serve the individuals who would like additional support. Oftentimes, these clients will require bathing, toileting, and feeding needs. Another major component is social interaction.
Opportunity Village also is continuing to provide daily virtual activities and resources that clients can take part in, such as dance and art classes. Other programing includes advocacy lessons, social and life skills, and virtual meetings with other families. At the end of the month, Opportunity Village will host our first virtual dance for individuals served.
Many Opportunity Village team members are continuing to provide essential services to the Las Vegas community during this time, including the Paper Pros, Custodial Crew, and Security & Safety divisions. Paper Pros is one of the state’s largest media management and document destruction companies. Opportunity Village’s Custodial Crew is a group of training professional and OV clients that provide cleaning services at places, such as: McCarran International Airport, North Las Vegas City Hall, and Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada. Betty’s Village, the future home of people of diverse abilities has continued to undergo construction and is slated to be complete by the spring of 2021.
The Opportunity Village Thrift Store, located at 390 S. Decatur Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89107, is open for shopping and actively accepting donations.
At the Opportunity Village Thrift Store, there are safety guidelines in place for shoppers and staff:
- All OV staff and shoppers will follow social distancing guidelines.
- OV staff will clean and sanitize shopping charts regularly.
- Plexiglas (sneeze guards) have been installed at our new checkout counter.
- 6 feet spacing markers have been added on the floor in check out lines.
- Maximum store occupancy guidelines are being followed.
- OV staff will clean and sanitize the store regularly throughout the day.
- OV staff is provided masks and gloves and wear them throughout the day.
Questions and donation pick up requests can be made at (702) 383-5911.
For more information on the Walters’ $1 million gift, or to find ways to get involved with Opportunity Village, please visit OpportunityVillage.org.
About Opportunity Village
Mission: Opportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization that serves people within our community with significant intellectual disabilities, to improve their lives and the lives of their families.
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 nearly 2,000 individuals annually, providing vocational training, employment, habilitation and social recreation programs and services that make their lives more purposeful and interesting.
Opportunity Village clients – individuals who were previously considered unemployable – work at Opportunity Village’s Employment Resource Centers and in jobs throughout the community, collectively earning wages amounting to more than $3.6 million in 2018. They are hardworking and diligent, proudly paying taxes and happily leading more fulfilling lives.
Jenna Greene, R&R Partners
702.228.0222 / 702.318.4289
Marty Wood, Opportunity Village
702.880.4041 / 702.234.5322