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Opportunity Village was founded in 1954 by a small group of local families seeking to improve the lives of their children with intellectual disabilities. Since then, Opportunity Village has grown to become Nevada’s largest private, not-for-profit community rehabilitation program, serving more than 3,000 people annually through vocational training, community job placement, advocacy and social-recreation programs.
Opportunity Village’s work centers are located in the cities of Henderson and Las Vegas and serve hundreds of people with intellectual and related physical disabilities. Through diligence, commitment and continued community support, Opportunity Village has helped Southern Nevada’s most vulnerable citizens integrate into society, offering a paycheck, a feeling of achievement and a sense of independence.
Opportunity Village is almost entirely self-funded. This is a reflection not only of the organization’s credibility and track record of professionalism but also mirrors the community’s on-going commitment to helping those living with intellectual disabilities. Opportunity Village has consistently strived to distance its clients from the “can’t do” stigma associated with disability, encouraging them to follow their dreams, whether they include community or sheltered employment, social recreation, music, art or just the chance to be independent.
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