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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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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.

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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 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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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.

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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!

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Warrior Spotlight: Joe Hines

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!

OKtoberfestThe 2nd Annual OKtoberfest Lemonade & Cider Stand

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! 

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Coleman Foundation Double Down Donations for #GIVINGTUESDAY

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!

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Join us this evening at 5:45pm for our last Warrior Walk to Run Club of the season! We've had some great times and great workouts. Check out what one Warrior mom had to say about the club!

"Thanks to the weekly Warrior Wellness - Walk to Run Club my daughter Ryan is now beginning to jog, which is a shock to all who know her. The positive motivation from the staff has paid off, Ryan just completed her first 5K.- "Makin' Tracks" last month. This is such an accomplishment, and I am so proud. Thank you OK, you all are so awesome!

I am so grateful, now the entire family's pounding the pavement."
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Check out some shots from our Friday programs, followed by the Annual Halloween Party on October 24th. Peer-leaders worked on their plans for next session, while other groups prepped for the party, and one group did an awesome Halloween craft with Jessica Knight Milburn! Then we had a little farewell party where we said see you later to long-time Warrior Lena and her brother, long-time volunteer Fillipo, who are moving to North Carolina. After that, we put our costumes on and partied the night away with our friends from the RFCC and Hepzibah! It was a great day!

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Check out some shots from our Friday programs, followed by the Annual Halloween Party on October 24th. Peer-leaders worked on their plans for next session, while other groups prepped for the party, and one group did an awesome Halloween craft with Jessica Knight Milburn! Then we had a little farewell party where we said see you later to long-time Warrior Lena and her brother, long-time volunteer Fillipo, who are moving to North Carolina. After that, we put our costumes on and partied the night away with our friends from the RFCC and Hepzibah! It was a great day!

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Check out some shots from our Friday programs, followed by the Annual Halloween Party on October 24th. Peer-leaders worked on their plans for next session, while other groups prepped for the party, and one group did an awesome Halloween craft with Jessica Knight Milburn! Then we had a little farewell party where we said see you later to long-time Warrior Lena and her brother, long-time volunteer Fillipo, who are moving to North Carolina. After that, we put our costumes on and partied the night away with our friends from the RFCC and Hepzibah! It was a great day!

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Check out some shots from our Friday programs, followed by the Annual Halloween Party on October 24th. Peer-leaders worked on their plans for next session, while other groups prepped for the party, and one group did an awesome Halloween craft with Jessica Knight Milburn! Then we had a little farewell party where we said see you later to long-time Warrior Lena and her brother, long-time volunteer Fillipo, who are moving to North Carolina. After that, we put our costumes on and partied the night away with our friends from the RFCC and Hepzibah! It was a great day!

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Life Shop traveled up to South Barrington for some fall fun at Goebbert's Farm & Garden Center! We visited and fed some exotic and farm animals, saw a pumpkin-eating dinosaur, went for a hayride, had a picnic lunch, spectated a pig race, conquered a corn maze and more! We had a blast!

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Life Shop traveled up to South Barrington for some fall fun at Goebbert's Farm & Garden Center! We visited and fed some exotic and farm animals, saw a pumpkin-eating dinosaur, went for a hayride, had a picnic lunch, spectated a pig race, conquered a corn maze and more! We had a blast!

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Janet Arey WrightSuch a fun day for the Warriors! Thanks OK Life Shop!4 days ago   ·  2

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We took advantage of the beautiful fall day in After Opps in our Go Fly a Kite and Flag Football programs! #fallfun #afteropps ... See MoreSee Less

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Yesterday we said see you later to a longtime Warrior, Lena (left). She is moving to North Carolina with her fam. Good luck Lena! We'll miss you! ... See MoreSee Less

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Lakisha LoftonAwwwww I love to seeing her7 days ago
Laura Voigtoh no, I had no idea! We'll miss you Lena!7 days ago   ·  1
Andrew BacalaoIm gonna miss you Lena.7 days ago   ·  3
Mike White Jr.Good luck7 days ago
Patricia BraunHave a safe trip and maybe start a branch of Warriors!6 days ago
Julie Gancer DowneyTwo beautiful girls! Happy trails Lena6 days ago
Lisa De LisleBest wishes to Lena and her family!6 days ago

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