At the Opportunity Foundation, we prefer to focus on possibilitites, not disabilitites. Possibility thinking is about maximizing freedom and responsibility. From group living settings to semi-independent apartment or home living, the adults with disabilities served by the Opportunity Foundation of Central Oregon, learn, live, and work, gaining confidence and independent living, while receiving the support and assistance they need to be safe, happy and productive.
Each person has a unique combination of strengths and needs as the Opportunity Foundation develops support plans based on their interests, choices and capabilities. From room decor to employment options, each person’s personality and needs are valued and encouraged. Moreover, each person has the support they need to contribute to their home and to their community.
The Opportunity Foundation prides itself in providing meaningful work for individuals with disabilities and continually looks to create new employment opportunities for the people we serve. Offering vocational services to over 200 individuals in Deschutes, Jefferson, and Crook counties; we have thrift stores and assembly operations in Bend, Redmond, and Madras, the wood mill in Redmond, and custodial services throughout the tri-county area. Every day, our workers deliver excellent customer service to shoppers and donors at our stores, clean buildings in the community, manufacture wood survey products and wine boxes, provide assembly and packaging services, and shred confidential documents.
Our Life Skills program provides individuals with a comprehensive and hands-on learning experience that enhances business skills, social proficiency, and independent living practices. As in our other activities and inclusion programs, Life Skills participants are engaged in learning activities designed to expand and increase their abilities to experience the world around them. We focus on practical subjects including money management, basic reading and comprehension, vocabulary building, nutrition, and world awareness. Class interactions with fellow students form bonds and friendships while fostering positive interactions and listening practices. The program encourages our students to strengthen their independence through fun and engaging classes and projects.
In all of our Opportunity Foundation Vocations Services programs, people with disabilities are supported to find their place as important, contributing members of our community, adding value to all of our lives, with their work, their volunteerism, and their friendship. The common goal for many of these individuals is to earn a living and live on their own.
The Opportunity Foundation has stores in Bend, Redmond, and Madras. You will find great bargains on clothing, furniture, household items, appliances, books, and videos. More importantly, in an Opportunity Foundation thrift store, you will find people with disabilities merchandising, cashiering, and providing first rate customer service. Our thrift stores are places where people with disabilities are meeting life’s challenges head on, taking pride in their contributions, and building their place in the world. Come on in and check us out, or call to schedule a pick up.
Our business services include product assembly, confidential shredding, wood mill products, janitorial services, and computer and component parts recycling. Call 541-548-2122 for more information about what we can do for you.