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Morning Opportunities is a new Opportunity Knock’s program, launched in 2012, providing activities for the students in Oak Park River Forest High School’s TEAM (Transitional Education with Access to the Mainstream) classrooms. ‘Morning Opps,’ as we like to call it, is offered on late arrival Wednesdays throughout the school year when the OPRF faculty and staff participate in professional development training.

Life Shop GREENLife Shop

Presently The Life Shop is in the midst of the pilot phase and is limited to serving 10 participants. In the fall of 2014, we hope to expand the program, serving more individuals. The Life Shop strives to maximize opportunities for the older than 22 adult with developmental disabilities. The pilot is focused on the Warrior in three phases: health & wellness, improving life skills and community integration.

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After Opps is an after school/after work program that offers social and recreational activities. Opportunity Knocks holds 4 After Opps program seasons (winter, spring, summer and fall) consisting of one 5-week and one following 4-week session. Opportunity Knocks aims to stimulate the interest of various leisurely activities, participation within the community, and the continued engagement of these activities outside of programs.

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Summer 2014 Registration BrochureAfter Opps Summer Session 1 Registration Now Available

What does After Opps have in store for the first summer session? Pool Party, Fabric Fun, gardening, Ettiquette 101, Bikes and Trikes, A Bug’a Life, Backyard Games License to Grill and Photography have all made it on the schedule of activities. Download the Summer 2014 After Opps Registration Brochure or register online.

IMG_0288The Life Shop Blog

Follow the progress of the Life Shop, Opportunity Knock’s new day program in its pilot phase. From Warrior-planned outings and volunteering in the community to health and wellness activities—you’ll find it here!

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Warrior Spotlight: Maddy Gancer

Each session, we will put the spotlight on one of our Warriors who has best exemplified the Warrior 5-Point Code. The five point code is the set of expectations that we have for our Warriors throughout our programs. Those five points are safety, leadership, communication, teamwork, and respect. Click to learn more about what an incredible role model Maddy is!

DSC_0103The Weekly Warrior Blog

This winter session launched the second coming of Warrior blogging. Visit The Weekly Warrior blog to learn about fun happenings at After Opps and about what the Warriors find interesting or important. While given the opportunity to flex their creative muscles, the Warriors are also able to practice planning, organization, editing, internet safety and other essential computing skills. Comments welcomed!

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Letter from the Director: Health & Wellness

Health and Wellness Director, Jeni Pierce, and Executive Director, Mike Carmody, report about the different ways Opportunity Knocks participants in all three programs are working to improve their health and well being! This past year marked the addition of at least two new fitness-based events including the Warrior Dash obstacle course and the Chilly Dash run that preceded the Chili Cook Off fundraiser.

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Life Shop took a trip out to Libertyville and visited Lambs Farm. We played mini golf, had lunch, visited their Animal Rescue center, saw our friend Stephen, and explored their Farmyard!

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Life Shop took a trip out to Libertyville and visited Lambs Farm. We played mini golf, had lunch, visited their Animal Rescue center, saw our friend Stephen, and explored their Farmyard!

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Life Shop Visits Lambs Farm (92 photos) ... See MoreSee Less

Life Shop took a trip out to Libertyville and visited Lambs Farm. We played mini golf, had lunch, visited their Animal Rescue center, saw our friend Stephen, and explored their Farmyard!

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Life Shop took a trip out to Libertyville and visited Lambs Farm. We played mini golf, had lunch, visited their Animal Rescue center, saw our friend Stephen, and explored their Farmyard!

Sue Hoyer, Rachel Graham and 8 others like this

greenline wheelsI truly enjoy D's smile :)4 hours ago
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Teams and players went above and beyond in their fundraising for this year's #okclassic. Collectively, tournament participants raised more than $65,000 for the Warriors, compared to just over $50,000 last year!

Special shoutout to our top fundraisers: "Pitches Be Crazy" raised $8,355 for the cause, which was only topped by "Get Involved," who totaled $11,905 (pictured bottom)! On the individual side, the top three fundraisers were Tiffany Fustar ($3,785), Donnie Biggins ($4,295.01, pictured top left), and Carolynn Powers ($5,285, pictured top right)! Kudos to all of you amazing folks for your unbelievable contributions to the OK mission and the true purpose of the event!
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Uh O LucasSo amazing. Congrats and all deserved!22 hours ago   ·  1
Janet Arey WrightFanastic!22 hours ago
Mike McGarryI am so proud of our community members who have been so generous to Opportunity Knocks. It was a great day!7 hours ago
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Big congrats to "Pitches Be Crazy," winners of the 8th Annual OK Classic! And a huge thank you to all the Warriors, players, volunteers, planning committee members, sponsors, vendors, bands, chefs, and the endless list of people that made this year's tournament the biggest and best yet! We'll see ya next year! ... See MoreSee Less

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#showdownattheokcorral was a great success! Thanks to WSSRA for comin out! Lots of fun still in store at the #okclassic so come on out to the FP Softball Fields! We'll be here til 10. ... See MoreSee Less

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The sun is setting over the FP Fields on a beautiful OK Classic Eve. All systems are go for a legendary day tomorrow. Be sure to catch our two new events: The "Showdown at the OK Corral" exhibition game between the OK Warriors and the WSSRA Bobcats at noon followed by the Restaurant Wars at 1:30! The Warrior squad had practice yesterday and are looking sharp! Also a big THANK YOU to Mariano's in Elmhurst for donating all the food for the #restaurantwars #okclassic #showdownattheokcorral ... See MoreSee Less

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#okclassic setup is poppin at the FP Fields right now! Shouts out to Milburn LLC, the OPRF CITE program, and everyone who has come out for the cause! See ya tomorrow ladies n gents! #itsgotime ... See MoreSee Less

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