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Opportunity Services at the Golfer’s Choice Tournament!

July 20, 2017– Opportunity Services, a local nonprofit that helps adults with disabilities find employment, will be celebrating their 12th year of participation in the Golfer’s Choice Golf Tournament at the Somerby Golf Club benefitting The Arc Southeastern Minnesota in … Continue reading



Why diversify my workforce: making a hearing impairment work for you and your business

  Mary Kelash is an Opportunity Services Supported Employment client who is independently employed at the Hilton Garden Inn. Two days per week, Mary works in the laundry department: folding clean laundry, loading the washing machine and reloading the housekeeper’s … Continue reading



Business Partner Highlight: TJ Maxx

TJ Maxx has been an amazing business partner with Opportunity Services since 2013. We started working with TJ Maxx in St. Cloud, MN and have since expanded to 7 other locations across Minnesota! We now have work teams at TJ … Continue reading



Pam’s Success in Group Supported Employment

Meet Pam, a Group Supported Employment client who works at Centennial Hall at the University of Minnesota. Pam has worked at the U for over two years now! Typically she spends her day cleaning tables, helping in the dish room … Continue reading



Continued Success at Walmart!

  Walmart South in Rochester, Minnesota has been a great business partner for Opportunity Services over the last 3 years. There are 6 clients who are independently hired at Walmart under the supervision of an Opportunity Services job coach.  Zach … Continue reading



Brand new job site at Cintas in St. Paul, MN

Opportunity Services newest job site is Cintas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Cintas is company that provides uniforms and facility products for rent or purchase. The OS team started working at Cintas on May 9th and have really been enjoying it! … Continue reading



Meet Kelly: enjoying her job and team in Rochester, MN

Meet Kelly, a 26 year-old Supported Employment Client in Rochester, MN. Kelly has been collaborating with Opportunity Services for 3 years with her job at the School Aged Childcare Program (SACC) at Elton Hills Elementary School. Kelly graduated with her … Continue reading



Rockstar Clients in St. Cloud, MN!

Meet Theresa and Sandy, two Opportunity Services clients who have Quantum Leaped to independent employment at Ridgeview Place Senior Living in Sauk Rapids, MN. Both Theresa and Sandy were members of Opportunity Services work teams for several years, where they … Continue reading



Client Highlight: Cassie Cares, Celebrating Four Months As A Personal Care Attendant

  Cassie, a Supported Employment Client from Coon Rapids, is celebrating 4 months working as a Personal Care Attendant. In her position, she is responsible for the daily care of her clients. With her current client, she spends time chatting, … Continue reading



Client Highlight: Marshall Shines at New Job Site

When Marshall began working with Opportunity Services a little over a year ago, he was working 10 hours a week over the course of 4 days. Now, he is working 5 hours a day, 5 days a week. Marshall is … Continue reading



Supported Employment Client Scott Retires After 15 Years With Opportunity Services

Scott encompasses all of the qualities of an ideal employee: hardworking, dedicated, and excited to work. After 15 years of hard work, Scott has decided to retire. When Scott began working with Opportunity Services, he was a member of the … Continue reading



Opportunity Services Featured On Fox47 in Rochester, MN

On Monday, July 25th, Opportunity Services sponsored a hole at the annual Golfer’s Choice Tournament in Byron, Minnesota benefiting The Arc of Southeastern Minnesota. A group of our clients representing various programs, cities, and job sites, came together to spend … Continue reading



Mission, Vision, Values Quarter Two Award Winner: Lisa L. from Rochester, MN!

Congratulations to our third Mission, Vision, Values Quarter Two Award Winner in Supported Employment: Lisa Lundquist! Lisa is an Employment Specialist in Rochester, MN. We will be highlighting the MVV winners in monthly newsletters and Shared Stories throughout the year so … Continue reading



Quarter Two Mission, Vision, Values Winner: Josh Ertle

Mission, Value, Vision Award Winner: Josh Ertle Congratulations to our second Mission, Vision, Values Quarter Two Award Winner in DT&H for Anoka, Savage, St. Cloud and Woodbury: Josh Ertle! Josh is a member of the DT&H Team in Woodbury, MN. We will … Continue reading



Meet Josh: Celebrating 5 Years at Best Buy!

Meet Josh: An independent employment client who is celebrating 5 years at Best Buy! After wrapping up high school, Josh became a participant of Project SEARCH, a year-long high school transition program that immerses participants into an assortment of classroom … Continue reading



Quarter Two Mission, Vision, Values Winner: Jessica Mealy

  Congratulations to our first Mission, Vision, Values Quarter Two Award Winner in DT&H: Jessica Mealy! Jessica is a member of the DT&H Team in Kasson, MN. We will be highlighting the MVV winners in monthly newsletters and Shared Stories … Continue reading



Opportunity Services marks 11th Anniversary of Participation in the Golfer’s Choice Golf Tournament benefitting The Arc of Southeastern Minnesota

June 28th, 2016 — Opportunity Services, a local nonprofit that helps adults with disabilities find employment, will be celebrating their 11th year of participation in the Golfer’s Choice Golf Tournament at the Somberby Golf Club benefitting The Arc of Southeastern … Continue reading



Cole: A Manager at Walmart in Rochester, MN!

Cole began his journey at Walmart 3 years ago as a Grocery Associate, a position he held for two years. As his time at Walmart went on, he became friends with the Department Manager of the Frozen Food section and … Continue reading



Discovering Opportunities: A Walk Benefiting The Arc Southeastern MN in Rochester, MN!

Discovering Opportunities: A Walk Benefiting  The Arc Southeastern MN Join Opportunity Services for the Discovering Opportunities Walk benefiting The Arc Southeastern MN. The Arc is a nationwide organization that provides services, programs, advocacy, and support for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. … Continue reading



Meet Kibambi: From Central Africa to Central Minnesota

Meet Kibambi: A member of the Community Work Program based out of the Savage Opportunity Services Site. Kibambi moved to Carver County about a year ago from Zaire, now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in Central Africa. His … Continue reading



Opportunity Services Work Team at University of Minnesota Middlebrook Hall

  An Opportunity Services work team has been on-site at Middlebrook Hall at the University of Minnesota since September 2015. Last week they had a special visitor stop by: Senator John Hoffman! As a member of the Health, Housing and … Continue reading



Ashley: a Quantum Leap Success in Kasson, MN

Meet Ashley, a 25 year-old Opportunity Services client in Kasson, Minnesota. Ashley has an amazing story: she “quantum leaped” from an Opportunity Services work team to independent employment. After her high school graduation she wanted to work and gain employment … Continue reading



Steven: Supported Employment Success in Rochester, MN

Meet Steven, a 29 year-old Opportunity Services client who works at The Homestead in Rochester, Minnesota. Steven has been on-the-job as a Certified Nursing Assistant since November 2015. Steven moved to Rochester several years ago and held different jobs in … Continue reading



Quarter One Mission, Vision, Values Winner: Susan Slappey

Congratulations to our final Mission, Vision, Values Quarter One Award Winner in Supported Employment: Susan Slappey! Susan is our Sales and Marketing Manager and Supported Employment Supervisor in Tallahassee, FL. We will be highlighting the MVV winners in monthly newsletters … Continue reading



What is Talahi Senior Campus and why is it an important model of community integration at Opportunity Services?

Talahi Senior Campus is a nursing home facility in St. Cloud. The work team at Talahi is a great example of community integration for people with disabilities. Opportunity Services clients provide housekeeping to three different wings of the facility in … Continue reading



Quarter One Mission, Vision, Values Winner: Jessica Lipke

Congratulations to our Mission, Vision, Values Quarter One Award Winner from Red Wing, Byron, Kasson or Rochester: Jessica Lipke! We will be highlighting the MVV winners in monthly newsletters and Shared Stories throughout the year so we can get to … Continue reading



Quarter One Mission, Vision, Values Winner: Sarah Cameron

Congratulations to our Mission, Vision, Values Quarter One Award Winner from Anoka, Savage, St. Cloud or Woodbury: Sarah Cameron! We will be highlighting our MVV winners in monthly newsletters and Shared Stories throughout the year so we can get to … Continue reading



Client Highlight: Alex in Fort Myers, FL!

Alex, an OS client in Fort Myers, FL started at Publix as a front service clerk March 2014 with the goal of becoming a cashier and getting to wear the cashier uniform. He has been filling-in during his shifts as … Continue reading



Finnegan’s Story- a dog making a difference at Talahi Senior Campus!

  Meet Finnegan, one of the Opportunity Services Team Members at Talahi Senior Campus in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Finn has become an integral part of the team and the entire environment at Talahi, but it wasn’t always an easy journey … Continue reading



Announcing the Mission, Vision, Values Annual Winner of 2015

  Congratulations to our Mission, Vision, Values Annual Winner for 2015: Carrie Haines! Carrie is the Manager of Florida Services in Jacksonville, Florida. She oversees all three Opportunity Services locations in Florida and ensures teamwork and collaboration between all staff … Continue reading



Meet Tyric- the latest employment success in Springfield, MA!

Tyric is an Opportunity Services client in Springfield, Massachusetts. He’s been successfully employed at Smith & Wesson for over 4 weeks! Since 1852, Smith & Wesson has been the lead manufacturer of pistols and revolvers that have become the standard … Continue reading



Meet Paula: one of the best cashiers at Kmart!

Meet Paula, an Opportunity Services Client in Rochester, MN who’s been working at a local Kmart for almost 12 years. Paula started working with Opportunity Services through the Extended Employment Grant, where clients can receive long-term counseling and guidance on … Continue reading



Diane Wilcox, Supervisor of Client Recruitment retires after 17 years with OS!

Diane Wilcox, Supervisor of Client Recruitment in St. Cloud, Minnesota (pictured above center) will be retiring after 17 years of service with Opportunity Services. Diane started as a part-time job coach a few months after the St. Cloud site opened … Continue reading



Brand-new Work Team at St. Ben’s in St. Joseph, MN!

  A brand-new Opportunity Services Work Team has been on site at the Gorecki Dining and Conference Center at the College of St. Benedict since early January. The work team manages the dish room every day, Monday- Friday. Usually there … Continue reading



Opportunity Services Work Team at the U of M Fresh Food Company

  An Opportunity Services team from Coon Rapids, Minnesota has been working with Aramark and The Fresh Food Company at the University of Minnesota since Fall 2014. Opportunity Services is a nonprofit organization that helps people with disabilities find meaningful … Continue reading



Don’t forget- you’re invited to the Byron Ribbon Cutting and Open House January 13th!

Please join Opportunity Services to celebrate our newest location in Byron, Minnesota! Next Wednesday, January 13th you’e invited to a Ribbon Cutting Event at 11:30am and an Open House from 3-6pm. We hope you can join us to learn more … Continue reading

Meet Kayte: an OS client giving back to her community in countless ways!

Meet Kayte, a 41-year-old Opportunity Services client from Woodbury, Minnesota. Kayte currently works independently at Lifeway, a Christian Bookstore and spends a few days a week at the Opportunity Services site, spending time with friends and participating in volunteer outings. … Continue reading



Byron, Minnesota Ribbon Cutting and Open House Set for January 13th, 2016!

Opportunity Services Announces New Location in Byron, MN with a Ribbon Cutting and Open House Event This will be the 3rd Opportunity Services location in Olmsted County in 6 Years ROCHESTER, MINNESOTA– Opportunity Services, a nonprofit organization that helps adults … Continue reading



Mission, Vision, Values Winner: Bill Lentulay

Congratulations to our Mission, Vision, Values Quarter Four Award Winner from Florida: Bill Lentulay (pictured above left with a client). Here is Bill’s MVV nomination from Darlene Free: “Bill goes above and beyond for all our clients. He works tirelessly … Continue reading



Success is success no matter how big or how small!

  Peter is a 23 year-old client in the Opportunity Services Enhanced Behavioral Program in Blaine, Minnesota. He’s been a part of the program for over a year now, after making the transition from the Bridges School in Anoka. Peter … Continue reading



Meet Ramon: a Springfield, Massachusetts Employment Success!

Meet Ramon, a 35 year-old Opportunity Services client in Springfield, Massachusetts. Ramon is originally from Puerto Rico but has spent the last 23 years as a Springfield resident. Ramon currently works at Landmark Senior Living Communities, a local assisted living … Continue reading



Meet James, a NDEAM success in Jacksonville, FL

James is a 26-year-old Opportunity Services client in Jacksonville, Florida. Currently James is a Food Service Worker with Sodexo and works at the Mayo Clinic. He has been successfully working part-time for over 3 months now. James values his job … Continue reading



Mission, Vision, Values Winner: Jerome Glass

Congratulations to our Mission, Vision, Values Quarter Three Award Winner from Southeast MN: Jerome Glass. Here is Jerome’s MVV nomination from Brie Thompson: “We just had a client’s meeting recently. Their mom/guardian couldn’t stop gushing enough about Jerome.  She had … Continue reading



NDEAM Success- Walter in Rochester, MN

Did you know October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month? The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. Opportunity Services … Continue reading



You’re Invited- Red Wing Open House!

Opportunity Services in Red Wing, Minnesota is hosting an Open House on Tuesday, October 27th from 2-6pm. Please join us to learn more about OS and how we could help you find employment! Who: Opportunity Services, a local nonprofit that … Continue reading



Mission, Vision, Values Award Winner: Carrie Haines

Congratulations to our Mission, Vision, Values Quarter Three Award Winner from Florida: Carrie Haines! Carrie is the Employment Specialist Supervisor for the Opportunity Services location in Jacksonville, Florida. Here is Carrie’s MVV nomination from a client: “I met with Carrie … Continue reading



October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month!

Opportunity Services Joins Broad Effort to Observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month Nationwide campaign will take place in October (Minneapolis, Minnesota) —  October 1, 2015 — Opportunity Services today announced its participation in National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an annual awareness campaign that takes … Continue reading



The Pride! Put it to Work Walk a success in Red Wing, MN!

  Our Pride! Put it to Work Disability Awareness Walk was a complete success in Red Wing, MN last weekend! Over 50 Opportunity Services staff, clients and community members joined together to spread the word and we raised close to … Continue reading



Client gains confidence in the community with the assistance of OS!

  Paige is a 22-year-old client in Blaine, Minnesota. She joined Opportunity Services in June 2014 as part of the Enhanced Behavioral Program. Prior to working with OS, Paige had a lot of reoccurring behaviors. It was very difficult to … Continue reading



Opportunity Services is awarded one-year grant in Chaska, MN

Earlier this year, Opportunity Services responded to a request-for-proposal for 1-year grant in Carver County, Minnesota. Opportunity Services was awarded the grant and in July, Jennie Meuwissen started as the new Job Placement Coordinator in Chaska, Minnesota. For the first … Continue reading



Special Visitors in Coon Rapids!

Our Coon Rapids and Blaine clients were in for a real treat yesterday when they got to visit with two horses. Alex, one of our Direct Care Staff organized the visit and even brought one of her own horses along! … Continue reading



Student overcomes disability in first-ever OS supported internship in Springfield, MA

This summer, Opportunity Services in Springfield, Massachusetts is assisting students with disabilities during internship programs. Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) contacted Opportunity Services for this exciting possibility, as MRC is working with a variety of employment agencies to help students with … Continue reading



Pride! Put it to Work Disability Employment Awareness Walk in Red Wing, MN!

  You’re invited… Pride! Put it to Work Disability Employment Awareness Walk Saturday, September 12th in Red Wing, MN Did you know Opportunity Services is hosting a community event on September 12th in Red Wing, MN? And you’re invited! Join … Continue reading



Oscar’s Success at Handz-On Inc!

Oscar is a 57 year-old Opportunity Services client in Springfield, Massachusetts who has found success with his employer: Handz-On Inc. Oscar is originally from Puerto-Rico and moved to the US following a near-fatal accident while working in the construction industry. … Continue reading



Opportunity Services marks 10th Anniversary of Participation in the Golfers’ Choice Golf Tournament benefitting The Arc Southeastern Minnesota

Opportunity Services will be celebrating the 10th Anniversary of participation in the Golfers’ Choice Golf Tournament, benefitting The Arc Southeastern Minnesota in Byron, Minnesota on Monday, July 27. For 10 years, Opportunity Services clients have been greeting golf tournament participants … Continue reading



Mission, Vision, Values Award Winner: Brittney Domeier

Brittney Domeier is our latest Mission, Vision, Values Award Winner! Here is her nomination from a co-worker: Brittney is an intern with OS here in St. Cloud. Even though she hasn’t been with us long, the times I have interacted with … Continue reading



Mission, Vision, Values Award Winner: Melissa Hodge

Congratulations to our Mission, Vision, Values Quarter Two Award Winner from the metro area: Melissa Hodge! Melissa is a learning coach in Coon Rapids, Minnesota and has recently assisted the beginning of two new work teams: the University of Minnesota … Continue reading



OS client is Walgreens Employee of the Month Award in Cape Coral, Florida

  Michael Nelson, an Opportunity Services client in Cape Coral, Florida was Walgreens Employee of the Month for May 2015! Michael has been working at Walgreens for almost a year and a half. He enjoys stocking shelves throughout the store … Continue reading



July marks the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

  The ADA gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. The ADA also ensures equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities for … Continue reading



Believe in Aria Benefit Walk in Rochester August 8th!

Join Opportunity Services for the Believe in Aria Walk, with all proceeds going to assist the family of OS staff member, Julie Splittstoesser. Julie’s granddaughter Aria was born with Downs Syndrome and also has a heart defect. To help her … Continue reading



Mission, Vision, Values Award Winner: Darlene Free

Congratulations to our Mission, Vision, Values Quarter Two Award Winner from Florida and Massachusetts: Darlene Free! Here is Darlene’s MVV nomination from Pat Schuyler, the mother of a current Opportunity Services client: “I have to say Darlene has went way … Continue reading



Increasing Disability Employment in the Workplace

Why increase awareness about disability employment in the workplace? Besides the altruistic, “just because” answer; hiring disabled people makes practical business sense. Not only do employers gain dedicated and passionate employees, they often receive tax credits or breaks from the … Continue reading



Opportunity Services Internship Program Summer 2015

Did you know Opportunity Services has a brand new internship program this summer? Interns have started working with OS in Rochester, Kasson, Blaine, Coon Rapids and Savage, MN over the past few weeks. We are excited to have this talented … Continue reading



Ann Korecky: 25 Year Milestone with Opportunity Services

     Last Friday we celebrated Ann Korecky’s 25 Year Milestone with Opportunity Services at the Rochester, MN site! Ann spent the afternoon celebrating with clients, staff and members of the leadership team, including Jake Schuller and Nancy Gurney, pictured … Continue reading



Successful Ribbon Cutting Event in Springfield, Massachusetts

    On May 21st, Opportunity Services office in Springfield, Masachusetts opened their doors for a Ribbon Cutting event to introduce OS to the community. The Ribbon Cutting was a huge success bringing in over 30 people to the Opportunity … Continue reading



Client success at Walmart!

Jim is a 36-year-old client with Opportunity Services. Currently he is working at Walmart in Eden Prairie with the assistance of Opportunity Services following a successful work evaluation. This is quite incredible for a young man who couldn’t walk until … Continue reading



MVV Quarter One Winner: Ezekiel

Every month we will be highlighting our Mission, Vision, Values Quarter Award Winners. This month we will learn more about one of our Quarter One winners: Ezekiel Mose, Site Supervisor in Savage! How long have you been working at Opportunity Services? 8 … Continue reading



Business Partnership Success Story: Comfort Inn Rochester, MN

  The Comfort Inn located in Rochester, MN has been an amazing business partner for Opportunity Services for almost 20 years! Currently the Comfort Inn employs a supported employment client and two work teams. For almost 6 years, Jeff (pictured … Continue reading



Opportunity Services Ribbon Cutting in Massachusetts!

Opportunity Services, a local nonprofit that helps disabled adults find meaningful employment, will be hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony and reception for the general public on Thursday, May 21st at 11am in the Opportunity Services office in Springfield, Massachusetts. As … Continue reading



Rochester, MN Client Finds Employment Success at Noodles and Company

Meet Gabriel, a 33 year-old Opportunity Services client working at Noodles and Company in Rochester, Minnesota. Gabriel is on the road to success now that he has maintained employment at Noodles since last October! Currently he works 5 days a … Continue reading



MVV Quarter One Winner: Rachael

Congratulations to our Mission, Vision, Values Quarter One Award Winner from Goodhue/Dodge/Olmsted Counties in Minnesota: Rachael Stenzel! We will be highlighting the MVV winners throughout the year so we can get to know these amazing representatives of our organization! How … Continue reading



April is Autism Awareness Month

  Did you know April is National Autism Awareness Month? Across the nation, people are encouraged to promote autism awareness, autism acceptance and draw attention to the tens of thousands facing an autism diagnosis each year. At Opportunity Services, a … Continue reading



OS on the news in Springfield, MA!

Did you see Opportunity Services on WGGB-TV in Springfield, MA today? You can watch Kat Mangiafico, Supported Employment Supervisor discuss OS and the changes we are bringing to the Pioneer Valley here. Don’t forget- you can read about Waleska, our … Continue reading



Supported Employment Success Story from Red Wing, MN

  What does it take to juggle school, a job and volunteer work? Determination- and that is exactly what Karla, a 21 year-old Opportunity Services client in Red Wing, MN has! Karla recently started working part-time at Target as a … Continue reading



Opportunity Services picks first annual Mission, Vision, Values Award Winner!

  Kristine Hollingsworth is Opportunity Services’ first annual Mission, Vision, Values Award Winner. The Mission, Vision, Values Award is presented quarterly to staff that go above and beyond the job description to provide excellent service to Opportunity Services clients, families … Continue reading



Client Enjoys Dream Job in Tallahassee, FL

Kevin Graham, a 24 year-old Opportunity Services client in Tallahassee, Florida has been employed in his dream job with Lucy and Leo’s Cupcakery since February 2011. Lucy and Leo’s Cupcakery is a one-of-a-kind bakery in Tallahassee that opened in 2009. … Continue reading



OS client uses her own poetry to overcome mental health issues

“I want to help people understand mental health issues through my poetry,” says Laura Swift, an Opportunity Services client. “Social anxiety is more than fear in the moment, it’s the over-analysis of what happened later, again and again in my … Continue reading



Opportunity Services Welcomes Gary Klein to the Board of Directors

Opportunity Services Names Gary Klein to the Board of Directors ROCHESTER, MINNESOTA (February 25, 2015)– Opportunity Services, a nonprofit organization that helps disabled adults find meaningful employment, has named a new board member from Rochester, Minnesota. Gary Klein joins the … Continue reading



St. Cloud, MN Quantum Leap Success Story

James Klinkner, a 26-year-old Sauk Rapids native, is definitely an Opportunity Services success story! James started working with Opportunity Services in 2012 when he became a member of a community work team in St. Cloud, MN.  Over the years he … Continue reading



Life Time Fitness Success in Coon Rapids, Minnesota

   An Opportunity Services work team from Coon Rapids, Minnesota has been working at Life Time Fitness for nearly 12 years! The six-person work team is on-site at Life Time every day of the week for three hours. The team … Continue reading



Fort Myers, FL Client highlighted in The News-Press

Do you remember our story about PJ last fall? He received his 10-Year Award from Walmart and rose to the occasion when a child was lost in the store. He is quite the success story! Amy Bennett Williams, a reporter … Continue reading



Volunteer Work Team at Channel One Food Bank

                              An Opportunity Services work team from Rochester, Minnesota has volunteered at Channel One Food Bank every Monday for over 5 years. The work team consists of … Continue reading



Client Success Story: John Barnes in Fridley, Minnesota

John Barnes, a 21-year-old Opportunity Services client, works part time at Lorenz Bus Company in Fridley, Minnesota. As a Bus Paraprofessional, John rides along on two routes during his workday, where he assists children with disabilities so the bus driver … Continue reading



Opportunity Services Milestone Achievements for 2014

As we take a moment to reflect on 2014, let’s congratulate those staff members who reached a milestone this year. There were several individuals that have been with Opportunity Services for 3, 5, 10 years and more! Thank you for … Continue reading



Successful Work Team at Culver’s in West St. Paul, Minnesota

   An Opportunity Services work team from Woodbury, Minnesota has worked at the West St. Paul Culver’s Restaurant for over seven years. The team of four individuals continues to impress Culver’s owner, Amanda Braml. Katie (pictured above right), continues to … Continue reading



Angelo, a Supported Employment Client, featured in The Post-Bulletin

Angelo, a Supported Employment Client in Rochester, Minnesota was featured in The Post-Bulletin newspaper. The story highlighted Angelo’s success working with Sodexo at the Mayo Clinic. The strong business relationship between Sodexo and Opportunity Services was also featured! You can … Continue reading



Happy Holidays from Opportunity Services!

On behalf of everyone at Opportunity Services, we wish you a wonderful holiday season! We’ve been busy celebrating the holidays with clients and their families. Every site hosts its own party, some parties invite a live band or Santa Claus … Continue reading



Opportunity Services expands to Springfield, Massachusetts!

On December 1st, Opportunity Services expanded to Springfield, Massachusetts. This spring the Director of Vocational Rehabilitation in Massachusetts heard Opportunity Services President, Nancy Gurney give a keynote speech at a conference. He then approached Nancy and suggested Opportunity Services submit … Continue reading



Employee Spotlight: Beth in Coon Rapids, Minnesota

Beth, an Opportunity Services staff member with the Community Living Program in Coon Rapids, Minnesota has been with the company for over seven years. Beth brings a unique communication tool to the team in Coon Rapids: American Sign Language. Because … Continue reading



Success Story: Rachel, a Supported Employment Client

  North Metro TV highlighted Rachel during their Holiday Broadcast. You can watch her interview here! Rachel has been with Opportunity Services since 2009. She’s currently independently employed at Herberger’s in Northtown Mall as a member of the Sales Support Team, … Continue reading



Fort Myers, Florida client receives 10 year award from Walmart

  PJ Deguzman, an Opportunity Services client in Fort Myers, Florida recently received an award from Walmart celebrating his 10 years of service. PJ has been a Garden Center Attendant since 2004 at the Cape Coral Walmart. He enjoys working … Continue reading



Access Press highlights OS Sodexo Work Team in St. Cloud!

Access Press, Minnesota’s Disability Community News Source, highlighted the Opportunity Services work team at Sodexo in St. Cloud this month. You can learn about the OS team and how they contribute to Sodexo at St. Cloud State University in the … Continue reading



Roseville Review Highlights OS Client, Chelsea!

Roseville Review published a great article on OS client, Chelsea and her journey with autism in the workplace that you can read here. A big thank you to the Roseville Review and Johanna Holub who took the time to meet with OS … Continue reading



Happy Halloween from Opportunity Services!

We hope you had a wonderful Halloween celebration filled with sweet treats and fun costumes! We had a great day at Opportunity Services- many clients dressed up in their favorite costumes and participated in activities at the sites. Look through … Continue reading



Jacksonville, Florida clients love working at Earth Fare!

       Opportunity Services continues to celebrate October and National Disability Employment Awareness Month with this story in Florida. Three Opportunity Services clients: Derrell, Rennard, and Ishmael began working at Earth Fare in Jacksonville, Florida during the first part … Continue reading



OS clients live on KROC-AM in Rochester, Minnesota

Did you hear: three OS clients were on KROC-AM this morning with host Brent Ackerman. Jamey, Darrin and Savannah shared some insight on their jobs at Walmart and job coach, Jill spoke about National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The interview … Continue reading



Opportunity Services featured in Granite City Magazine

Did you hear the news? Granite City Magazine is a brand new publication in St. Cloud, Minnesota and Opportunity Services was lucky enough to be featured in their first-ever issue! Thanks for your support, Granite City Magazine! You can read … Continue reading



Opportunity Services on-air at WJON Radio in St. Cloud, Minnesota!

This morning Opportunity Services participated in an interview at WJON Radio Station in St. Cloud, Minnesota to promote National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October. OS job coach, Kristine and client, Johanna were interviewed. Johanna works at St. Cloud State … Continue reading



October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month!

Opportunity Services Joins Broad Effort to Observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month Nationwide campaign takes place in October Opportunity Services today announced its participation in National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The … Continue reading



OS Work Team at Culver’s in Plymouth, MN, Josh gets special compliment from a customer!

The Opportunity Services work team at Culver’s in Plymouth, Minnesota love coming to work every day! The five OS clients that work at Culver’s spend time cleaning the restaurant, bringing food out to guests and stocking condiments and other supplies … Continue reading



Fort Myers, Florida clients give back to the community

Opportunity Services has been volunteering once a week at the Food Bank at Tice United Methodist Church for over three years! Located in Fort Myers, Florida, the food bank has rapidly grown over the last year. They’ve nearly doubled the … Continue reading



Meet Charlie: A Woodbury Client Success Story

Charlie is an Opportunity Services client in Woodbury that started working with OS when he was forty years old. Previously, he had lived at the Cambridge Regional Center for most of his life. Following the disestablishment of institutions in Minnesota, … Continue reading



Meet Jamey: Walmart’s Service Always Matters Award Winner!

  Last week Jamey was spotted by a secret shopper in the Walmart South Store in Rochester, Minnesota. The secret shopper was so impressed with Jamey’s positive attitude that Jamey was presented with a Service Always Matters Award! Jamey has … Continue reading



The Arc Celebrity Mulligan Golf Tournament

OS clients from Rochester and Kasson, Minnesota had a wonderful time managing hole 10 at The Arc Celebrity Mulligan Golf Tournament on Monday, July 28. Over 25 OS clients visited the hole thoughout the day to cheer on the participants … Continue reading



Florida Times-Union Highlights First OS Client in Florida

The Florida Times- Union in Jacksonville highlighted OS client Carl in a news article. Carl enjoyed being interviewed and is very happy working at Ruby Tuesdays. Thanks for your support, Times-Union! You can read the article below: Carl Muirhead has … Continue reading



OS and the Celebrity Mulligan Golf Tournament in Byron, Minnesota

Opportunity Services will be celebrating the 9th Anniversary of participation in the Celebrity Mulligan Golf Tournament, benefitting The Arc of Southeastern Minnesota in Byron, Minnesota on Monday, July 28. OS clients will be assisting tournament participants at one of the … Continue reading



OS Special Olympian, Travis!

Let’s put the spotlight on OS Client, Travis Dzwonkowski from Rochester, Minnesota! He recently returned from the Special Olympics Nationals in New Jersey with a Gold Medal for Basketball. Travis has been playing basketball since he was 4 years old, … Continue reading



Jacksonville, Florida Client Success Story

OS Job Coach, Rashawn Thomas with OS client, Loretta Loretta began her journey with the Jacksonville, Florida Opportunity Services Office in October of 2013. During her initial meeting with Job Coach Rashawn Thomas, Loretta explained that she wanted to find … Continue reading



NorthMetroTV at Xperience Fitness

Last week NorthMetroTV visited our work crew at Xperience Fitness in Blaine, Minnesota. They interviewed Jake Schuller, Alexus Kolstad (from Xperience Fitness) and Nicolas, an OS client. Our clients work at three different Xperience Fitness locations around the metro, three days … Continue reading



OS Special Olympian, Maxx!

  Maxx, an OS client in St. Cloud, is off to compete at Special Olympics Nationals in New Jersey today! Maxx “swims like a fish” and will be participating in the 100 Yard Freestyle, 50 Yard Freestyle, 25 Yard Backstroke … Continue reading



Woodbury Site Remodel

      Opportunity Services hosted an Open House on Wednesday, June 28 to show off the newly renovated basement in Woodbury, Minnesota. We were excited to show clients and families the brand new space. The basement is open with plenty … Continue reading



Opportunity Services and Rochester Walmart South

Yesterday, KTTC stopped by Walmart South in Rochester, Minnesota to chat with Opportunity Services clients and Store Manager, Bob Fligge. Last month, Walmart hired six Opportunity Services clients. Not only are they filling a void at Walmart, management is also … Continue reading



St. Cloud Times: OS and Talahi Care Center

Have you heard the news? The St. Cloud Times shared an article about Opportunity Services and Talahi Care Center. The story focuses on our expanded partnership with Talahi and how much our clients value working there. Everyone enjoyed meeting the … Continue reading



Rochester Open House

  Last Thursday, Opportunity Services celebrated Rochester’s 5th Anniversary with an Open House. We had a great time sharing stories with clients and their families, while enjoying cake and ice cream. We even got some of the clients to dance! … Continue reading



Celebrating Jan Klinger’s Retirement

Jan Klinger, a longtime staff member of Opportunity Services in Kasson County, recently retired. Jan had been with OS since the creation of the Kasson site in 1989. She’s seen many changes: from updated procedures to new clients to renovated … Continue reading



Autism 5K

  On May 17, Opportunity Services staff participated in the Autism 5K around Lake Calhoun in Minnesota. Over 20 staff members walked or ran to support Autism Awareness. We had a great time, supporting such an important cause. Of course, … Continue reading



The first OS client in Florida

Carl was the first client for Opportunity Services in Jacksonville, Florida. OS staff Carrie Haines and Mandy Barnes helped Carl update his resume and obtain an interview at Ruby Tuesday during their first week on the job. Carl’s dad works … Continue reading



Autism Awareness Month

Did you know April is National Autism Awareness Month? Autism now affects 1 in 68 children Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S. Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average Boys are nearly five times … Continue reading



Fort Myers and The Dolphin Key Resort Success Story

In fall 2013, a gentleman walked into the Opportunity Services office in Fort Myers, Florida looking for job placement assistance. During the client’s first meeting with his job coach, Darlene Free, he expressed interest in the hotel industry. Even though … Continue reading



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