Social Enterprises

OUR SOCIAL ENTERPRISES

In 1995, OE established its first social enterprise to employ individuals with disabilities, provide goods and services to our community, and generate additional earned income to provide services for our clients. We now operate five social enterprises delivered by our amazing people, so please click through the menu of our social enterprises to learn more about how we can serve you!

 


 

If you walk into a fast food restaurant, grocery store, local healthcare facility or university, you may find an Opportunity Enterprises JobSource client at the checkout or helping a customer, patient, or student. Our JobSource staff has over 20 years of experience placing and supporting qualified individuals with disabilities in community employment in a wide range of careers, from entry-level to professional positions. With offices in Porter, Lake and Laporte Counties, JobSource serves all of Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland. JobSource’s 97% placement retention rate has earned it the distinction of being the preferred employment agency for more than 100 businesses in our service area.

 

JobSource helps employers and ensures that the people that we place for employment are successful by providing:

  • Pre-employment activities to ensure an employee is prepared for their first day of work

  • A thorough screening process to ensure that an individual will apply for the position that best fits their skill sets and capabilities

  • On-site support and job coaching from our staff that ensures ongoing employee success and productivity

  • An assistive technology program that features computer adaptations for clients with physical, visual, developmental and/or learning disabilities

 

JobSource opens so many doors to careers for people with disabilities, finding employment that fits with individual vocational goals and aspirations.  Examples of employment opportunities and our preferred supporters are as follows:

  • Computer programmers

  • Certified public accountants

  • Nursing

  • Nursing home aids

  • Assembly/industrial workers

  • Restaurant managers

  • Food service

  • Teaching

  • Daycare assistants

  • Custodial service

  • Mechanics

  • Dietary aids

  • Information technology

  • Burger King

  • Courtyard by Marriot

  • Cracker Barrel

 

 

  • Fairfield Inn & Suites

  • Family Express

  • Hartsfield Village

  • Help at Home – Michigan City

  • McDonald’s

  • Metro Recycling

  • Sears

  • Strack and Van Til

  • Strongbow

  • Target

  • Valparaiso University

  • Walgreens

  • Walmart

 

For more information on our JobSource program, please contact us.

Make a Purchase, Make a Difference

Simply Amazing Market is more than amazing gourmet popcorn and fudge. Our treats are hand produced and each gourmet indulgence is packaged by some amazing people, the clients of Opportunity Enterprises.

With every purchase of a Simply Amazing Market gift set, you will not only be purchasing a delectable delight but also supporting adults and children with disabilities through employment, services, and enrichment programs. Come visit us at our 2801 Evans Ave. location in Valpo, Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. or Click here to Shop Now

 
 


 

 

If you’ve been lucky enough to take a tour through the Opportunity Enterprises main building, you might remember the contagious smiles and exuberant greetings from our clients in the OutSource Solutions program. Our capable and dependable workforce of adults with disabilities is ready to work for you onsite at Opportunity Enterprises. In 2016, our clients, adults with disabilities, produced over 7 Million pieces of work for our customers.  Whether your production plan needs two people or 60, Outsource Solutions is here to help.  Our clients specialize in packing and packaging, labeling, retail order fulfilment, light mechanical assembly and more.  Our Line Supervisors meticulously inspect each order to ensure high quality standards and customer expectations are met.  We offer material pickup and delivery within a 60 mile radius.

How does Outsource Solutions help its customers? Take a look!

  • Poly bag filling: binding, packaging and sealing components in bags for retail, manufacturing and medical supply products

  • Kitting: filling poly bags with parts, heat sealing, packing in labeled containers

  • Online retail order fulfilment

  • Assembling conveyor track

  • Custom part fabrication

  • Clamshell packaging

  • Filling large scale event participant goodie bags

  • Assembly: parts/repair kit assembly, consumer goods packaging, light mechanical assembly, stuffing media kits, event goodie bags, packaging event giveaways and more
     


 

We are THE SOLUTION for companies who:

  • Demand high quality performance and results

  • Lack manpower or production space

  • Strive to save time and money on production

  • Desire to build social capital through local employment options

 

The most endearing part of our OutSource program is the group of wonderful clients who work on the floor. They work to make sure our customers are 100% satisfied with their product. Not only do they work hard, but the clients in OutSource take pride in doing this work. By choosing to use OutSource for your company, you are making an active decision to help change the life of others.

 

For more information on our OutSource program, please contact us.

Founded in 2003, SecureShred is a division of Opportunity Enterprises (OE) that is dedicated to confidential data and documentation destruction. OE's SecureShred is certified through the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID). SecureShred has valued clients throughout Northwest Indiana, Chicagoland, South Bend, and Lafayette. Options for your company include:

  • On-site shredding: We will pick up or you may drop off materials (as listed above) for destruction at our Valparaiso facility.

  • Off-site shredding: Our state-of-the-art mobile shredding truck is equipped with an on-board camera to let you observe the destruction of paper documents resulting in particle sizes as small as 3/8″; e-destruction of CDs and DVDs also available on request.

  • Secure consoles: We provide our customers with professional, lockable consoles to facilitate the secure storage of confidential materials. Consoles are perfect for business and public spaces and hold 35 gallons of paper.

  • Secure industrial totes: For the collection and transportation of confidential materials, we provide top-locking totes in 50, 64, and 96-gallon sizes, each with a top-feed slot.

The best part about SecureShred is the amazing people who work hard to assist in the data destruction process. As part of the award-winning OE Team, our mission is to provide the most effective, efficient service, while creating job opportunities for individuals with disabilities. You will find our employees to be exceptionally well trained and dedicated to their work, and our managers completely focused on your satisfaction.

 

For more information on SecureShred, please contact us.

 
 
 


 

Braille printing is available for any type of simple text communication, such as meeting minutes, announcements, brochures, special greetings, etc.

Fees

Microsoft Word Document: $50.00 per hour Braille format/set-up

$1.00 per page printing fee, plus shipping and handling.

 

Other Formats

$50.00 per hour Braille format/set-up ($150 minimum)

$1.00 per page printing fee, plus shipping and handling

 

Reorders with changes: $50.00 per hour to format changes

$1.00 per page printing fee (10-page minimum), plus shipping and handling

 

Reorders per document:  $1.00 per page printing fee (10-page minimum), plus shipping and handling.

 

The printing will be on both sides of 9 1/2 x 11 Braille paper.

If possible, please submit files in Microsoft Word. Other formats can be transcribed but will require an additional fee.

 

To order or for more information contact us at 219-464-9621 ext 339.

BRAILLE PRINTING SERVICES

Dating back to the 1980's, Opportunity Enterprises' Clean Team has been working to keep Northwest indiana's offices looking their best and earning a strong reputation of reliable and thorough services. Our amazing staff takes pride in their jobs, and it shows in the outcome – a job done right the first time, every time.

We specialize in carpet cleaning, dusting, trash removal, sweeping and mopping floors, stripping wax floors, tile and grout cleaning and sanitizing restrooms. Detail work includes pictures, window frames, doors, phones, light switches and much more.

 

For more information on the OE Clean Team, please contact us.

How can you partner with OE to create time-saving services for your business while providing important job training for our clients? Do you have small jobs, side work for an employee, or things that just never get done because there’s not enough time in the day?

 

We’re specifically looking for repeat projects that take up to 4 hours to complete and can be done up to 3 times a week. Typical jobs include folding and stuffing letters, filing, janitorial, and all things in-between.

 

A member of our Discovery Team will accompany a client at all times while we assess our clients’ abilities. This is non-paid work experience while accomplishing these tasks for your business following your protocols covered under OE’s insurance and made possible through Vocational Rehabilitation Services of Indiana.

 

For more information contact us at 219-464-9621 ext. 213.

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