Who are we?

Opportunity Knocks is an Illinois non-profit organization that serves young people who have developmental disabilities in the Oak Park, Forest Park and River Forest communities through social, recreational and life skills programming.


What is a Warrior?

The people that we serve are warriors and it is our belief that their place in the community is both valuable and essential. Perseverance and strength through challenge brought us to endearingly dub our program participants as Warriors.

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After Opps

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 session and one following 4-week session per season. 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.

Life Shop

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

Morning Opps

Morning Opps 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 is offered on late arrival Wednesdays throughout the school year when the OPRF faculty and staff participate in professional development training.

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Life Shop Warrior Charlie Builds It!

Life Shop Warrior Charlie is learning how to build a picnic table thanks to our friend and teacher of the CITE 2 classroom, Tom Tarrant.  Stay tuned to see how Charlie paints and designs his bench in honor of his beloved Chicago... read more

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Take time on this special day to understand what independence means to you. Happy July 4th!

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Warriors, family, friends - march with Opportunity Knocks and WSSRA this Saturday for this year's Oak Park 4th of July Parade!

Wear a WSSRA or Opportunity Knocks T-shirt and come join the fun. We need people who can walk or wheel in the parade, carry banners and handout candy. We ask that a family member accompany participants.

Line up @9:45am. Look for the OK and WSSRA vehicles on Cuyler between Jackson and Adams (East side of street). We are lineup #41. The parade begins @10:00am and ends @11:30am. Pick up @Cuyler & Augusta.

For more information or to let us know you’re coming, please call Sam Kehoe: 708.341.5537

We hope to see you there!

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For the past several weeks Life Shop and CITE 1 students have been very busy planning and preparing their summer community service project, #HarmonsUnstuck. This week all their hard work officially went public as they promoted their #HarmonsUnstuck dance challenge and Go Fund Me crowd funding webpage at www.gofundme.com/HarmonsUnstuck. It’s only been a little more than 24 hours and they are already halfway to their goal of $1000!!

The momentum for the #HarmonsUnstuck campaign began when CITE 1 student Larry Harmon and his family entered a challenge to receive a wheelchair accessible van. The students of CITE 1 and the Warriors of the Life Shop wanted to also help their friend Larry raise money towards a van and awareness about their family and their mobility challenges. Both groups came together and created a dance challenge to use to promote the #HarmonsUnstuck campaign. CITE 1 student, Ben came up with the campaign tagline #HarmonsUnstuck. To find out more about Larry and his family please watch our video posted on www.gofundme.com/HarmonsUnstuck. You can also see all of our dance challenge videos posted by visiting our webpage.

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