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Reflections on my first year

April 6, 2015 

By Armando Camacho, President & CEO –

ArmandoCamacho croppedJanuary marked my one-year anniversary at Opportunity Partners. What an honor it has been to captain this remarkable organization over the last year. I’ve learned so much – and I’m still learning – and, most of all, I have been inspired by the talents of the people we serve, the commitment of our staff and the generosity of our caring community.

As a former teacher and school administrator, here are a few classroom lessons that hit home to me after my first year leading one of Minnesota’s largest human service organizations.

Make new friends
A key to our success at Opportunity Partners is building partnerships. The more people who know our mission, the more friends we will make, and the more doors we can open for people we serve. Tell your friends about us, take a tour, invite us to speak at your business or club. We want to get to know you better! Let’s partner and help more people with disabilities reach greater independence.

Use your imagination
Opportunity Partners has 600 incredibly talented, resourceful employees. I am proud to lead an organization that encourages our staff to think outside the box, dream big and never give up on people with disabilities and what they can achieve. P.S. We’re hiring! Check out our openings at

Work hard
We operate high quality programs that are efficient, measurable and exceed the expectations of our customers. I’m happy to share we recently earned another three-year accreditation from CARF. This measure of excellence only challenges us to keep doing better.

In order to succeed, we must share best practices and collaborate with other disability organizations. We will continue our excellent legislative advocacy work, which involves staff, people served and families. Together, we’ll speak up for disability issues and share stories about our work in order to gain more support for our cause. Won’t you join us?

Say thank you
Many individuals, groups, volunteers, foundations and businesses supported Opportunity Partners in 2014. Thank you! We cannot achieve our mission without your generosity and commitment to our cause. We look forward to another successful year, made possible only with your support.

In closing, I plan to take the year 2015 as an opportunity to keep learning, so I’d appreciate learning from you on ways we can collaborate, friends you’d like me to meet, and opportunities for us to connect. Let’s see how working together can help even more people with disabilities achieve their goals and dreams.

(Republished from Opportunities newsletter Winter 2015)

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