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 Gets Inside Out with Emotions

During Thursday’s Inside Out Emotion Club, Warriors discussed what makes each of them happy and sad. Social Media Warrior Jackie reports, “the next time we feel sad we are going to do something that makes us feel happy. I’m going to read a... read more

Life Shop’s Library Club

This week in Library club we explored the Oak Park Library. The warriors enjoyed looking through stacks of fun books, movies and, music. We ended the group by hanging out in the lounge while Max read us Dr. Seuss stories .... read more

Inside Out Emotion Club

In the Inside Out Emotion Club, the Warrior’s performed skits using different emotions they drew from index cards. The rest of the warriors had to guess the emotion the performer was feeling and then we discussed a “Recipe for Success” using coping skills. A big thank... read more

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Check out some Warriors in the adaptive sports program! Last week they played some soccer and frisbee! #nonprofit #recreation #fitness #adaptive #sports #soccer #frisbee ...

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"Today we colored pictures with hearts and flowers." -Claire, Life Shop Social Media Warrior #nonprofit #recreation #leisure #artsandcrafts ...

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To all you folks out there playing and fundraising in this year's OK Classic Softball Tournament, Jarvis has a reminder about next week's deadlines! Please get your team going, if you've not already. We need team fee and roster registration by September 4th! Happy Friday! ...

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"This morning Inside Out Emotion Club we talked about what makes us happy and what makes us sad. The next time we feel sad we are going to do something that makes us feel happy. I'm going to read a book." -Jackie, Social Media Warrior #nonprofit #lifeskills #insideout #emotionclub

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"My original chair broke so we are sanding chairs to make them look new and I'll have a new chair for the Life Shop!" - Jackie, Social Media Warrior #nonprofit #lifeskills #diychair ...

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