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.
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.
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.
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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.
Follow the progress of Life Shop, Opportunity Knock’s new day program, that just celebrated its first year! From Warrior-planned outings and volunteering in the community to health and wellness activities—you’ll find it here!
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 a 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 Joe is!
On October 17 from 3:30 to 5:30 pm at the corner of Thatcher Ave. & Vine St. in River Forest, Friend-of-the-Warriors and budding entrepreneur/philanthropist, Kate, will be hosting her annual lemonade and cider stand to benefit Opportunity Knocks! Her Nonno’s famous bread, cupcakes from Sugared Sweets, One-of-a-Kind American Girl doll clothes, Knock Out Pickles and and fried Knock Out Pickles will also be available. Come check it out!
Want to make a significant contribution to Opportunity Knocks? Please consider making a donation on the global day dedicated to giving back, #GivingTuesday! All online donations on December 2nd will benefit our Warriors. In addition, the Coleman Foundation has generously offered to match donations on this day up to $15,000. As always we thank you for your support!