About Opportunity Partners

History of Opportunity Partners

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  • 03 Aug 2017

    2017:

    Our 2017 Gala drew more than 400 guests and raised nearly $300,000. Your generous contributions help us carry out our mission of advancing the quality of life for people with disabilities.

  • 03 Aug 2017

    2016:

    We purchased a new residence on Pleasant Avenue in Richfield to replace our Webster house. The new home is larger and more accessible for the four residents.

  • 31 Dec 2015

    2015:

    Opportunity Partners’ Committee of Advocacy & Leadership (COAL) earned statewide recognition by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits in the area of Advocacy.

  • 30 Oct 2014

    2014:

    Armando Camacho was hired on as President & CEO. Armando came into the position with a strong background in nonprofit management, education and special education.

  • 30 Oct 2013

    2013:

    Opportunity Partners celebrates 60 years of success in helping people with disabilities live, learn and work more independently.

  • 30 Oct 2012

    2012:

    Opportunity Partners expands hoMEbase to Coon Rapids, and hits a new milestone: 1,700 people served annually.

  • 30 Oct 2011

    2011:

    Opportunity Partners opens two new programs: hoMEbase apartment living in Hopkins, and community-based Spectrum, which serves people with autism and other disabilities in a community model.

  • 30 Oct 2010

    2010:

    Opportunity Partners launches its first Certified Learning Platform program in partnership with Dunwoody Customized Training. Professional Cleaning was the first platform. It would later be followed by Retail Training and Network Support.

  • 31 Oct 2008

    2008:

    Minnetonka location is dedicated Koch Technical and Training Campus after long-time supporters David and Babs Koch.

  • 30 Oct 2008

    2008:

    Opportunity Partners now services nearly 1,500 people at 32 vocational and residential sites.

  • 30 Oct 2007

    2007:

    Opportunity Partners opens Golden Opportunity, a day program for seniors with developmental disabilities. Minnetonka location undergoes a major renovation and expansion, including bright, new classroom areas and expanded office space.

  • 30 Oct 2003

    2003:

    Opportunity Partners starts a Day Training and Habilitation (DTH) program in Anoka County, joining the Semi-Independent Living Services (SILS) residential program already in place.

  • 30 Oct 2000

    2000-2003:

    Opportunity Partners provides personalized education, housing and employment opportunities to more than 1,200 people served with developmental disabilities, brain injury, autism and other special needs. Opportunity Partners has 31 vocational and residential sites throughout the Twin Cities.

  • 30 Oct 1999

    1999:

    Four new group homes are established: Ensign, Hampshire, Vincent and Penn. Opportunity Partners continues its expansion of employment services in the community, opening new supported employment sites. To date, eight homes have been purchased.

  • 30 Oct 1996

    1996:

    Opportunity Workshop changes its name to Opportunity Partners to better reflect its diverse array of services. Karlins Center opened.

  • 30 Oct 1995

    1995:

    Opportunity Partners Brain Injury Services opens a Community Integration Services office in South St. Paul. Semi-Independent Living Services expands services into Anoka County.

  • 30 Oct 1993

    1993:

    Opportunity Workshop became Minnesota’s largest organization serving the vocational and residential needs of adults with developmental disabilities or brain injury. 227 staff, 152 volunteers, and thousands of families and supporters worked to serve over 800 people with disabilities.

  • 30 Oct 1989

    1989:

    Opportunity Partners Brain Injury Services began assisting survivors of brain injury with employment services, opening offices in downtown Minneapolis.

  • 30 Oct 1985

    1985:

    The Autism Program was established to provide community and on-site work for those with autism.

  • 30 Oct 1984

    1984:

    Fifty new clients were added to the two Work Activity Center programs. This brought the total number of people served to 300, making it the largest adult day activity program in Minnesota.

  • 31 Oct 1977

    1977:

    Senator and Mrs. Hubert H. Humphrey attended Opportunity Workshop’s open house.

  • 30 Oct 1977

    1977:

    Opportunity Workshop’s main facility was moved again to its present location in Minnetonka from Richfield. There was now space to serve 500 people under one roof – a major milestone in Opportunity Workshop’s history.

  • 30 Oct 1972

    1972:

    Opportunity Workshop’s residential services began with the opening of Clara Doerr residence.

  • 30 Oct 1967

    1967:

    Opportunity Workshop’s facilities were expected to serve 200 people.

  • 30 Oct 1961

    1961:

    More space was needed as there were twice as many applicants as could be enrolled! People from all over Minnesota were seeking out Opportunity Workshop.

  • 30 Oct 1959

    1959:

    Seven Opportunity Workshop trainees were placed in competitive community jobs. The positions filled included messenger, dishwasher, maintenance worker, nurse’s aid, greenhouse worker and factory worker.

  • 30 Oct 1953

    1953:

    Opportunity Workshop was founded in a small house in Richfield on November 3, 1953. 15 people were served with the help of eight volunteers and one staff person. Operating budget was $8,500.

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