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Fundraiser to Support One for Everyone Project

VALPARAISO | Club Wonder, a program of Opportunity Enterprises, is hosting a fundraiser for the “One for Everyone” project on August 30, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, at the Oasis Splash Pad, 100 E. Michigan Blvd. in Michigan City. Admission is $6 for adults and $5 for children, and includes free parki…

August 23, 2013 3:25 pm

Hungry, Inc. Food Truck to visit OE

VALPARAISO | The Hungry, Inc. Food Truck will be parked at OE’s main facility at 2801 Evans Avenue in Valparaiso Friday, August 23 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. OE will receive 10% of sales proceeds for the day.

August 21, 2013 11:09 am
Cyrena Porzel and Pam White

Cyrena Porzel and Pam White

Cyrena Porzel works with Adaptive Technology Instructor Pam White

August 20, 2013 3:01 pm
JobSource helps Valparaiso Woman after vision loss

JobSource helps Valparaiso Woman after vision loss

VALPARAISO | It was a beautiful, sunny day in June 2007 for Cyrena Porzel and her family of Valparaiso. The Porzels enjoyed lunch at an Amish cafe, shopped, and had a bonfire. As evening set in and the neighborhood kids gathering around the fire, Cyrena, who had suffered with migraines for m…

August 20, 2013 2:54 pm
Clinton Welton

Clinton Welton

Aspiring Eagle Scout Clinton Welton poses on the garden swing he built for OE’s Annabelle Group Home

August 14, 2013 8:24 am
Aspiring Eagle Scout completes project for OE

Aspiring Eagle Scout completes project for OE

VALPARAISO | Clinton Welton, a junior at Valparaiso High School, recently completed his final Eagle Scout project at Opportunity Enterprises’ Annabelle Group Home, where he built a work table for the garage, raised flower beds, and a garden swing.

August 14, 2013 8:22 am
Opportunity Enterprises Names New President/CEO

Opportunity Enterprises Names New President/CEO

VALPARAISO | Opportunity Enterprises has named David Stupay as its new President/CEO. Stupay begins in this role August 5, and replaces Ellen DeMartinis, who has been serving as Interim President/CEO since July, 2012. DeMartinis will return to her position as OE’s Vice President/Chief Operat…

August 08, 2013 1:03 pm
Marcie Reisinger

Marcie Reisinger

July 03, 2013 2:15 pm
Woman Thrives in OE’s Supported Living Program

Woman Thrives in OE’s Supported Living Program

VALPARAISO | Marcie Reisinger started her special education at Vale Day School in 1967. At that time, 5-year-old Marcie attended classes with teacher Lorrie Woycik at Vale Day School in Valparaiso. When special education became law and SELF School was built, she attended classes there. The y…

July 03, 2013 2:12 pm

A Few Spots Remain for 2013 Opportunity Enterprises Marathon Team

VALPARAISO | Runners of all ability levels interested in running the sold out Bank of America Chicago Marathon can still register with the OE Marathon Team through July 15. There are a limited number of spots available, and they will be sold on a first come, first served basis.

July 03, 2013 2:05 pm

Campbell Street Café Tips to Benefit OE

VALPARAISO | During the month of July, Campbell Street Café will be accepting tips on behalf of Opportunity Enterprises. The café, owned and operated by Pines Village Retirement Communities, will donate a month's worth of patrons' tips to Opportunity Enterprises. As a nonprofit, Pines Villag…

June 26, 2013 4:26 pm
David Evans

David Evans

June 07, 2013 8:20 pm
Man Thrives in OE’s OutSource Solutions Program

Man Thrives in OE’s OutSource Solutions Program

VALPARAISO | David Evans began working at Opportunity Enterprises in the Outsource Solutions industrial services division in May, 2012, and currently works five days a week assembling piece work. David also participates in enrichment programs at OE including Community Integration and Assisti…

June 07, 2013 8:19 pm
Denim and Diamonds

Denim and Diamonds

Attendees peruse the large silent auction at least year’s Gala

May 16, 2013 7:19 pm
Denim and Diamonds Gala tickets now on sale

Denim and Diamonds Gala tickets now on sale

VALPARAISO | Tickets for the 21st Annual Denim and Diamonds Gala to benefit Opportunity Enterprises are now on sale, and may be purchased on-line at www.oppent.org or by contacting Heidi Radford at 219-464-9621, ext. 240 or heidi.radford@oppent.org. Tickets are $90 per person.

May 16, 2013 7:17 pm
Nelson’s Port-a-Pit Chicken Fundraiser to Benefit OE

Nelson’s Port-a-Pit Chicken Fundraiser to Benefit OE

VALPARAISO | Opportunity Enterprises will be hosting a Nelson’s Port-a-pit chicken fundraiser on Friday, June 7, from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. Sales will take place in three locations. There are two Valparaiso locations – Opportunity Enterprises, 2801 Evans Avenue, and Walgreen’s on US Highway 30…

May 16, 2013 6:40 pm
OE fundraiser

OE fundraiser

OE staff and volunteers enjoy the day at last year’s Nelson’s fundraiser.

May 16, 2013 6:42 pm
JobSource Receives $5,000 from Fifth Third Bank

JobSource Receives $5,000 from Fifth Third Bank

Michael Sobeck, Fifth Third Retail Regional Executive, and Craig Pratt, Fifth Third Senior Vice President, OE Grants & Funding Coordinator Liz Metts, JobSource Adaptive Technology client Cyrena Porzel, JobSource Program Director Kathie Savich, and JobSource Assistive Technology Professio…

May 10, 2013 3:53 pm
JobSource Receives $5,000 from Fifth Third Bank

JobSource Receives $5,000 from Fifth Third Bank

VALPARAISO | JobSource, the community employment division of Opportunity Enterprises, has received a $5,000 grant from Fifth Third Bank to purchase iPads for its staff.

May 10, 2013 3:51 pm

Opportunity Enterprises Seeking Volunteers for Mudathlon

VALPARAISO | Opportunity Enterprises is seeking volunteers to work at the Mudathlon 3-mile race on July 20 at Graeber Family Farms in Boone Grove in Valparaiso, and will receive $10 for every volunteer who works at the event on behalf of OE.

May 09, 2013 8:55 pm
The Arc of Indiana Representative visits Opportunity Enterprises

The Arc of Indiana Representative visits Opportunity Enterprises

VALPARAISO | Melissa Justice, Trust Director for The Arc of Indiana, visited OE recently as part of a series of “We are The Arc” visits throughout the state. Eleven staff from The Arc of Indiana and Self-Advocates of Indiana traveled to Arc chapters and member organizations throughout the st…

May 08, 2013 6:39 pm
The Arc of Indiana Representative Visits Opportunity Enterprises

The Arc of Indiana Representative Visits Opportunity Enterprises

Melissa Justice from The Arc of Indiana (holding basket) accepts a Simply Amazing Market gift basket from OE Self Advocates Paul Harris (back left), Ellen Spellar (front left), and Steve Dowdle

May 08, 2013 6:41 pm
Local man thrives at OE Respite House

Local man thrives at OE Respite House

Mark DeJesus enjoys a recent visit to OE’s Respite Home.

April 29, 2013 7:34 pm
Local man thrives at Opportunity Enterprises Respite Home

Local man thrives at Opportunity Enterprises Respite Home

VALPARAISO | Mark DeJesus has participated in several different programs at multiple organizations during his 48 years, but has found a true home with Opportunity Enterprises’ Enriching Possibilities Program and Respite Home.

April 29, 2013 7:32 pm
Eagle Scout Completes Project for OE

Eagle Scout Completes Project for OE

VALPARAISO | Landon Davison, a senior at Valparaiso High School recently completed his final Eagle Scout project at Opportunity Enterprises’ Appletree Group Home, where he built a 21 foot long wheelchair ramp leading from the back deck of the home into the backyard.

April 12, 2013 2:09 pm
Landon Davison

Landon Davison

Eagle Scout Landon Davison poses on the wheelchair ramp he built for OE’s Appletree Group Home.

April 12, 2013 2:11 pm

Opportunity Enterprises Holding Open Interviews for DSPs

VALPARAISO | Opportunity Enterprises will hold open interviews for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) at its main facility at 2801 Evans Avenue in Valparaiso, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm on April 20, 22, and 23. Full and part time positions are available for 3-11, midnight, and weekend shifts.

April 12, 2013 2:03 pm
JobSource Helps WWII Veteran After Vision Loss

JobSource Helps WWII Veteran After Vision Loss

VALPARAISO | In October of 2012, Clelia Ginay, a 91-year-old World War II Navy nurse, began working with Pam White, Assistive Technology Instructor with JobSource, the community employment division of Opportunity Enterprises. Having lost her vision to macular degeneration, Ginay was anxious …

April 09, 2013 11:59 am
Clelia Ginay

Clelia Ginay

April 09, 2013 12:01 pm
OE Easter Open House

OE Easter Open House

March 21, 2013 1:34 pm
Simply Amazing Market to host Easter open house

Simply Amazing Market to host Easter open house

VALPARAISO | The Opportunity Enterprises Simply Amazing Market will host an Easter Open House on Saturday, March 23 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Visitors will be able to enjoy free photos with the Easter Bunny and product samples. Guests can also purchase a variety of pre-made Easter baskets, ch…

March 21, 2013 1:26 pm
Rachel Candace

Rachel Candace

March 15, 2013 5:15 pm
Valparaiso Barnes & Noble hosts book fair fundraiser for OE

Valparaiso Barnes & Noble hosts book fair fundraiser for OE

VALPARAISO | Barnes & Noble of Valparaiso, 150 Silhavy Road, Suite 120, will host a Book Fair Fundraiser for Opportunity Enterprises March 20. OE will receive a percentage of sales for qualifying purchases when customers present an OE voucher, which is available at www.oppent.org. Vouche…

March 15, 2013 5:13 pm
Erdei Christmas

Erdei Christmas

March 14, 2013 7:31 pm
Club Wonder helps parents of children with disabilities

Club Wonder helps parents of children with disabilities

VALPARAISO | Founded in 2010, Club Wonder began as a support group for parents of children with special needs who enjoyed spending time together and sharing information. As time went on, the group decided it wanted to start providing programming for kids like theirs, who are often discourage…

March 14, 2013 7:29 pm Photos

Photos

Harry in the stroller

Harry in the stroller

Leslie Nuss-Bamesberger’s son Harry

March 14, 2013 7:31 pm

Opportunity Enterprises is PhilanthroPint Charity at Figure 8 Brewing for March

VALPARAISO | Figure 8 Brewery has chosen Opportunity Enterprises as its designated non-profit for the month of March through its Philanthropint program. OE will receive a portion of every sale of pints of Where Lizards Dare between March 1 and March 31.

March 01, 2013 2:13 pm

Volunteers needed for Mini Pack-a-thon

VALPARAISO | Volunteers are needed for the Annual Shamrock Shuffle Mini Pack-a-thon at Opportunity Enterprises, 2801 Evans Avenue, Valparaiso. Packing of 39,000 runner bags for the Chicago Shamrock Shuffle will take place from March 11 through March 29, weekdays only (no weekends), from 8:00…

February 27, 2013 11:35 am

Tickets now available for Opportunity Enterprises Celebration of Achievement

VALPARAISO | Tickets are now available for the 2013 Opportunity Enterprises Celebration of Achievement Breakfast, to be held on Thursday, March 7 at Strongbow Inn in Valparaiso. Doors will open at 7:30 AM with breakfast and a program from 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM.

February 18, 2013 10:42 am
OE Receives Inclusion Project Grant

OE Receives Inclusion Project Grant

Standing left to right, Deb Koeppen, YMCA VP Chief Development Officer, Liz Metts, OE Grants and Funding Coordinator, Christi Brooks, OE Respite Services Manager, Shannon Spratley, YMCA Senior Program Director of Child Care; Seated left to right, Colleen Rhoades, OE VP of Client Services, Bo…

February 07, 2013 11:28 am
Opportunity Enterprises receives Inclusion Project Grant

Opportunity Enterprises receives Inclusion Project Grant

VALPARAISO | Opportunity Enterprises has received a $10,000 grant from the National Inclusion Project to partner with the Valparaiso YMCA to make their summer day camps inclusive for children with special needs. The camps, which will be held during the summer of 2013 at the Valparaiso YMCA, …

February 07, 2013 11:25 am
OE grant

OE grant

Pat McGinley, Vice President/Sr. Commercial Loan Officer with Horizon Bank (center) presents a check for $2,500 to OE representatives Linda Hazen, Director of Development, (left) and Ellen DeMartinis, Interim President/CEO (right)

January 25, 2013 2:31 pm
Opportunity Enterprises receives grant from Horizon-Cares Charitable Grant Program

Opportunity Enterprises receives grant from Horizon-Cares Charitable Grant Program

VALPARAISO | Opportunity Enterprises, Inc. is the recipient of a $2,500 grant from the Horizon-Cares Charitable Grant Program. Currently, Opportunity Enterprises is in the midst of constructing the first apartment building at its Lakeside campus, and the grant funding will be used to support…

January 25, 2013 2:27 pm
Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest

January 24, 2013 2:12 pm
Opportunity Enterprises receives Oktoberfest proceeds

Opportunity Enterprises receives Oktoberfest proceeds

VALPARAISO | Opportunity Enterprises was the recipient of nearly $400 in proceeds from the 2nd Annual Oktoberfest event held this past fall by the Northwest Indiana Association of Health Underwriters (NIAHU). Fagen Pharmacy coordinated the beer and wine for the event, and Professional Benefi…

January 24, 2013 1:32 pm

JobSource Program expands to LaPorte County

MICHIGAN CITY | JobSource, the Community Employment division of Opportunity Enterprises, has opened an office in LaPorte County. The program is now sharing space with Barker Woods Enrichment Center, 3200 S Cleveland Avenue in Michigan City, and provides Community Employment and Adaptive Tech…

January 21, 2013 1:38 pm
2013 OE Marathon Team

2013 OE Marathon Team

Members of the 2012 OE Marathon Team on race morning

January 18, 2013 4:45 pm
2013 Opportunity Enterprises Marathon Team callout dates announced

2013 Opportunity Enterprises Marathon Team callout dates announced

VALPARAISO | Callout meetings for the 2013 Opportunity Enterprises Marathon Team will be held on Saturday, February 2, 9:00 am at Omni 41 Health & Fitness Connection, 221 US Highway 41, in Schererville, and on Wednesday, February 6, 6:30 PM at Opportunity Enterprises, 2801 Evans Avenue i…

January 18, 2013 4:41 pm

JobSource Program to Offer Free Workshops for Veterans With Disabilities

VALPARAISO | JobSource, the Community Employment division of Opportunity Enterprises, is offering free job readiness and technology skills workshops for veterans of all ages with disabilities.

January 08, 2013 2:16 pm
Eagle Scout completes multi-faceted project for OE

Eagle Scout completes multi-faceted project for OE

VALPARAISO | Jacob Korba, a senior at Chesterton High School and member of Chesterton Boy Scout Troop 929, recently completed his final Eagle Scout project at Opportunity Enterprises’ Respite Home. His overall project was multi-faceted and extensive, involving several smaller projects includ…

December 18, 2012 3:50 pm
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