About Us

 

OUR VISION

It is the vision of Opportunity Enterprises to create a fully integrated community where life for
persons with developmental disabilities is valuable, purposeful and fulfilling.

OUR MISSION

Opportunity Enterprises works to maximize self-sufficiency and enrich the quality of life for individuals with disabilities.

OUR VALUES

  • We believe it possible to make a positive difference in the lives of the individuals we serve;

  • We accept people as they are and support and challenge each person to achieve their fullest growth and development;

  • We will listen and act when our clients speak for themselves;

  • We believe in servant leadership;

  • We know that well-trained and motivated staff make a difference in the lives of our clients;

  • We support innovation and embrace change.

OUR STORY

Founded in 1967, Opportunity Enterprises is a non-profit organization that strives to help individuals with developmental disabilities reach their fullest potential and live a full, enriching life.

Recognized as one of the premier agencies serving those with disabilities, Opportunity Enterprises provides children and adults with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, cognitive delays, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), severe physical and mental disabilities, Alzheimer’s, dementia, loss of limbs and other delays and disabilities a supportive environment where they can learn, continually increase their skills, and reach their maximum potential. At OE, we understand that every one of our clients has their own unique strengths and challenges.  As such, our staff works one-on-one with each client and their family to develop a comprehensive plan for care, support and growth that ensures that your loved one makes continual progress year after year.

 

Simply put, we help people of all abilities live, learn, and grow. We’re in the business of Amazing People!

 
 

CEO WELCOME

Welcome, and thank you for visiting Opportunity Enterprises’ website. Whether you are considering services for yourself or a loved one, are a current or future staff member, supporter, donor, or customer of one of our business services, thank you for taking time to learn about our amazing people.

Opportunity Enterprises is a premier agency, providing educational, vocational, and residential services to more than 1,000 youth and adults with physical and developmental disabilities. We continue to provide services focused on goals and choices through a variety of day service programs, curricular activities, and enrichment programs like art and assistive technology.

With the care of our dedicated employees, amazing people are making grand strides towards self-sufficiency and independence every day.

Our services provide hope to not only a family, but a community. Our commitment is to uphold this hope daily because of the incredible support from community leaders, families, businesses, and sponsors who support our mission.

We are an option for many families in our community, and we are honored to be promoting more purposeful and enriching lives for individuals with disabilities in Northwest Indiana.

I invite you to continue your journey with Opportunity Enterprises. Follow us on social media and invite your friends to do the same. Volunteer at one of our events or for one of our programs; the experience will change your life. Donate to our mission; you will change the lives of children and adults with disabilities right here in your community. Find your own unique way to become a part of our mission. Thank you for taking the time to learn about the amazing people we serve.

Thank you,

Neil Samahon

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Marc Ruiz
Chair
Oak Partners
John Freyek
Vice Chair
First Merchants Bank
Rick AmRhein
Secretary
Valparaiso University
Michelle Gonzalez
Treasurer
Laciak CPA
Nicole Alcorn
Teachers Credit Union
Rod Gayda
Gayda Properties, Inc.
James Keilman
Urschel Laboratories
Natalie Krivas
AM Stabilizers
Mary Liggett
NIPSCO
Patrick Lyp
City of Valparaiso
Lori Moulton
1st Source Bank
Rick Rondinelli
In Touch Pharmaceuticals
Chris Runnion
CATSI, Inc.
Kathleen Smith
Portage Township School Corp.
Kevin Steele
Burke, Costanza, & Carberry
Lanie Steinwart
Valparaiso University
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EXECUTIVE TEAM

Neil Samahon
CEO
Valerie Thill
CPO
Mark Fisher
CFO
Stephanie Anderson
CHRO
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MANAGEMENT TEAM

Lisa Barrios
Daily Living Skills Director
Lisa Cole
Senior Director of Day Programs
Carol Dattolico
Social Services Director
LaShanta Downs
TREND Director
Kacie Ensign
Development Director
Mickey Fajdich
Enriching Possibilities Director
Jennifer Fine
Retail Director
Tina Foreman
Director of Nursing
Joe Hogan
Director of Business Services
Marie Kubina
Curriculum Director
LaTosha Knight
Financial Controller
Suja Pati
Respite Director
Julie McKean
Director of Facilities
Kathleen Parks Savich
Community Employment Dir.
Jamie Ramirez
Director of Supported Living
Kate Ramirez
Agency Training Director
Rebecca Scott
Senior Director of Residential
Cassie Stanley
Renewed Horizons Director
Claudia Taylor
Transportation Director
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OUR FINANCES

FINANCIALS (July 2018 - June 2019)

REVENUE

State Funding

Public Support

Sales Revenue

Miscellaneous

Total Revenue

14,080,409

2,065,649

1,838,251

342,699

$18,327,099

EXPENSES

Programs

Fundraising

Social Enterprises

Home Office

Total Expenses

13,763,008

513,105

1,951,871

1,913,586

$18,141,570

Public Support Breakdown

Programs Breakdown

 
 
 

OUR HISTORY

                                     HOW WE SERVE
Residential Programs
   Group Homes
   Supported Living
Respite Care
   Respite Activity Calendar
Curriculum-Based Day Programs
   Daily Living Skills
   Enriching Possibilities
   Renewed Horizons
   QUEST
   TREND
Employment Programs
   JobSource Community Employment
   Social Enterprises
   Discovery
   Transition Services
 
Additional Programs
   Aktion Club
   Book Club
   Client Dances
   Community Integration
   Self Advocates
Resources for Families
   Disability Resources
   Program Eligibility
   Social Services
Transportation
   Customer Service Form
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