We are so grateful for our generous Gala sponsors in 2020 like Spotlight on sponsor Thiel, Anderson, Kukla, P.L.L.P., even though we weren’t able to meet this year. Our next Gala is scheduled for May 2021.


Thiel, Anderson, Kukla firm logoCan you tell us a little about your business?

I am a partner at a small law firm that serves clients in estate planning, guardianships, residential and commercial real estate transactions and small business management. Our estate planning has a particular emphasis on the issues that are critical to people with special needs, including complex planning for Medical Assistance and Social Security eligibility. Despite our small size, our firm has been in continuous business in the Twin Cities since 1886 and we have been serving the special needs community as a primary focus for nearly 40 years.

Joe Kukla, esq. Thiel, Anderson & Kukla, PLLP

Joe Kukla, esq. Thiel, Anderson & Kukla, PLLP

What moves you to support Opportunity Partners? And how did you first learn about Opportunity Partners?

My initial connection to OP was through my youngest brother, who has developmental disabilities and has been a person served by OP for about 10 years. I supported OP as a family member by attending events and contributing as I could. When I joined my current law firm, there was already an established history of our partners supporting OP as board members and advocates, which I have continued by serving on the board of directors since 2016. I support OP because the organization makes such a positive impact on the lives of people with disabilities. It truly enhances the quality of life of its persons served by providing purpose, community and support 365 days a year, and I want to support that effort myself as much as possible.

How can people learn more about you? (social media, website, etc)

We have a website at www.thielfirm.com. I am also on LinkedIn. You may also find me around town doing free workshops and seminars, as I routinely present on legal topics related to special needs for organizations like PACER, Fraser, Arc of MN and the Down Syndrome Association of MN, among others.

 

 

 

At OP, we know that celebrating our skills and talents is so important to the people we serve. Join us as we show off the talents of our entire OP community!

This year, we had a critical need to raise $300,000 from our annual Gala, which was unfortunately cancelled. But with our incredible sponsors, donors and friends, we’ve raised $270,000 toward that goal. We’re now just $30,000 away and excited to announce a $5,000 matching gift!

We had to cancel our annual talent shows this year as well, and we think now is the perfect time to show off the amazing talents we all have – including our persons served. From singing our hearts out to growing a beautiful garden, talents come in all forms. And for over 65 years, Opportunity Partners has celebrated talents, provided opportunities and grown the confidence of so many.

Because of you, we can continue to provide the important services so people with disabilities can truly thrive.


Help us reach our goal of raising $300,000.
Check out the many talents of OP below!
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Thank you to our generous sponsors for 2020!

 

We are so grateful for our generous Gala sponsors in 2020 like Stairway Partners, LLC., even though we weren’t able to meet this year. Our next Gala is scheduled for May 2021.


Can you tell us a little about your business?

Stairway Partners is an SEC-registered Investment Advisor providing comprehensive investment advice and industry-leading portfolio management solutions with offices in Chicago and Minneapolis. Our firm was created to provide institutions and individual investors with transparent and cost-effective stewardship of their assets. Our sophisticated investment capabilities and a steadfast commitment to the industry’s best practices have allowed us to serve as a valued advisor and trusted fiduciary to clients throughout the United States.

Jamie Jackson, CFA
Managing Principal

What moves you to support Opportunity Partners? And how did you first learn about Opportunity Partners?

I am proud to support OP because I believe that it is important to share my own good fortune and expertise with people in the community that need a helping hand.

How can people learn more about you? (social media, website, etc)

Visit stairwaypartners.com for more information.

 

We are so grateful for our generous Gala sponsors in 2020 like Kraus-Anderson, even though we weren’t able to meet this year. Our next Gala is scheduled for May 2021.


Can you tell us a little about your business?

Kraus-Anderson is a family of companies providing a variety of services related to the built environment. Our services include construction management, facilities assessment, real estate development, property management and leasing, financial services, and risk management expertise. Our professionals work with a wide variety of clients and business partners, including public schools, healthcare, office, multifamily housing, government, retail and many more, addressing their needs and becoming valued consultants to clients as they strategically plan for growth. Headquartered in the Twin Cities, we operate regional offices in Duluth, Bemidji, Rochester, MN; Madison, WI and Bismarck, ND. KA’s strongest presence is in the Upper Midwest, and we also serve our clients coast to coast to deliver their construction needs. Our employees hold Valuing People as one of our core principles, and each day they live our Core Purpose of Together, Strengthening the Communities We Serve. These deeply held beliefs are well aligned with the work of Opportunity Partners.

Diane Toll, Director, Human Resources

What moves you to support Opportunity Partners? And how did you first learn about Opportunity Partners?

We first learned about Opportunity Partners through an employee of ours (who was a parent of a person served by Opportunity Partners). I was sharing with the employee that we were specifically seeking ways to diversify our workforce and he told me about Opportunity Partners. I reached out to Opportunity Partners to learn more and that led to our hiring a person from OP to come work for our organization, which led to additional hires and a partnership with Opportunity Partners since 2006.

How can people learn more about you? (social media, website, etc)

Check out the KA blog, KA’s Build Me Up! Podcast; or go to our website at krausanderson.com. We are also active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube.

 

Dear Friends of Opportunity Partners,

The first half of 2020 has been incredibly challenging for us all as we’ve navigated the unknowns of a pandemic, as well as economic and emotional unrest throughout our communities.

Through this time, all of us at Opportunity Partners have been encouraged by your ongoing support as we meet our mission of advancing the quality of life for people with disabilities.

Thanks to our hard working staff, dedicated families and our caring community, OP experienced a strong and successful year in 2019, which positioned us well to meet the new challenges of 2020. Our 2019 Report to the Community highlights that year’s successes and milestones made possible because of you.

With your help, we know we will continue to be here for you and our community now and in the future.

We are stronger together!

With gratitude,


Greg Keane
Board of Directors Chair

View 2019 Report to the Community

 

July 28, 2020

Thank you to CCX Media for sharing a story about our day programs reopening slowly and carefully! See the joy that working brings to individuals including Laura!

Read the full story here: ccxmedia.org/news/pandemic-causes-hardships-for-workers-with-developmental-disabilities/

 

Armando Camacho, who has led Opportunity Partners with energy and wisdom for the last six years, has transitioned to a new role leading the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation. Watch his video farewell and a brief message from Interim President & CEO Bill Schultz. Best of luck to Armando!

 

OP’s leader President & CEO Armando Camacho has accepted a new position as President & CEO of Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, providing services to support mental health, housing stability, early childhood development, and healthy aging for thousands of people throughout the Greater Saint Paul community.
Armando’s last day with Opportunity Partners will be June 26. While we are very sad to see him leave OP, we know this is an amazing opportunity for Armando.
Armando has led OP with great energy and wisdom since January 2014. He worked with team members to develop a new organizational mission, vision and values that everyone embraced, and created a person-centered, collaborative organization with mission at the core. Armando has demonstrated compassion and positivity throughout the challenges of the pandemic, leaving OP well-positioned financially and with a strong leadership team to continue moving forward in the years ahead.
Per our succession plan, Bill Schultz, Executive Vice President, Business Development and Operations, has been named Interim President & CEO. Bill joined Opportunity Partners in 2015, bringing more than 20 years of experience including several years as a CEO.
We wish Armando the best in this new opportunity!

May 9, 2020
Thanks to the Uptake for sharing this important story about our critical services for people with disabilities!
Even during a pandemic, our essential work continues!
Read full article here: https://theuptake.org/2020/05/09/caregiving-during-a-pandemic-its-apples-and-eggplants/

 

Our annual gala has been rescheduled. We will be so excited to see you all again, and we want to sincerely thank everyone who continues to show us such kindness and support during these challenging times.

It warms our hearts to have such an amazing community all around us. If you would like to make a gift, please go to opportunities.networkforgood.com. Money raised will go toward the added costs of staffing and supplies in serving people in their residences during the stay-at-home orders.


We are incredibly grateful for our many gala sponsors who are so generous with their support. 


For questions contact events@opportunities.org

We are stronger together!

Thank you for your generosity!

Thanks to you, we exceeded our fundraising goal and raised more than $85,000 as of May 5.

Now as we look ahead to our rescheduled gala on October 2, we are grateful to have the support of so many friends like you. If you would still like to make a gift, please go to opportunities.networkforgood.com.

 



We are less than $1,000 away from reaching our goal!

While we wish we were together at our gala today, we have a special message from our event co-emcees!

Last day to donate! 



We are so close to reaching our goal!

We are now just $3,975 away from raising $60,000! We are so grateful. Watch this special thank you message.



This week your support is needed now more than ever!

Learn why your gift is so important from OP board member Ann Yekaldo.


Your support means Lori is healthy and safe, thanks to you!

Watch her special message of gratitude for you during this critical time.

We’ll share more stories from around OP in the coming weeks, and watch for ways you can help. We are better together!


Your support means we can still have fun in the kitchen!

Watch as program manager, Josiah, and the Girard house residents stay safe at home cooking and learning new recipes.


Watch this special message from President & CEO Armando Camacho. 

We are so grateful for all who have reached out to see how the recent events have impacted the people served at OP. Although our day services have temporarily closed (60 percent of our annual revenue), we continue to provide support to 400 individuals at home and in select community jobs. As many families are increasingly separated from their loved ones at this time, it is imperative that we continue to provide vital supports. We also must be ready to serve the community that counts on OP in the future.

May 2, 2020

The Star Tribune included Opportunity Partners in this important story about how the pandemic is impacting fundraising and events at organizations like ours.

We are so grateful for the community’s support during these trying times!

Read full article here: https://www.startribune.com/minnesota-nonprofits-are-in-survival-mode-shifting-galas-and-fundraising-online-during-covid-19/570146971/

April 24, 2020

Thanks to the Sun Sailor for sharing news about how the pandemic is affecting Opportunity Partners and ways the community can help.

Thanks to everyone who is rallying around OP in so many ways!

Read the full article: https://www.hometownsource.com/sun_sailor/free/opportunity-partners-postpones-may-gala-launches-online-fundraiser/article_1a645fd6-8647-11ea-871a-3b8f0158bf0b.html

April 15, 2020

Thanks to CCX Media for showcasing how the pandemic is impacting Opportunity Partners. We are all in this together! 

The novel coronavirus has impacted nearly every aspect of society, and many social service agencies have been hit especially hard.

Read the full article: https://ccxmedia.org/news/opportunity-partners-helps-people-with-disabilities-despite-covid-19-challenge/

 

Latest Update
September 23, 2020

We hope you are doing well and staying healthy! We wanted to reach out and provide you with the latest updates at OP.

Please watch the 2-minute video from our CEO, Bill Schultz; you can also read the summary in the bullets below.

  • We were delighted to reopen our Koch Campus in Minnetonka on Monday and our Karlins Center in Plymouth today! These locations joined our Asplin and Bren sites which opened this summer. All of these locations are operating under limited capacities at this time. It was so fun to greet individuals this week with “Welcome Back” and “We Missed You” signs as they exited their vans! Even behind masks, I could see many smiles.
  • Although our on-site services so far have focused on employment since reopening, we’re starting to resume some of our enrichment activities now. We are also continuing the very popular virtual services, and have started community activity classes.
  • All questions regarding returning to services should be directed to the email services@opportunities.org or you can leave a message at our main phone at 952-938-5511 and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
  • Throughout this time, our Residential Services (group homes and community living programs) and our Vocational programs have been working tirelessly to ensure the people we serve are staying safe and happy at home, and are receiving the supports they need to succeed in their community jobs.
  • Health and safety continue to be our top priority at OP. You can see our comprehensive COVID-19 preparedness plan on our OP website at opportunities.org. We continue to follow all requirements for capacity, group sizes, face coverings, duration of shifts, health screening protocols, social distancing and other measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
We want to thank you again, our OP families and friends, who have remained patient as we’ve navigated the pandemic. And we’re so proud of our amazing staff who are keeping things running smoothly. Again, please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.
Thanks again for your ongoing support, and please stay well!

 

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If you would like to learn more about COVID-19, please see the following web sites:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Minnesota Department of Health: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html

As always, if you have questions please contact your OP representative or email info@opportunities.org. Thank you!

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