We have attended all of the annual O-Vino events to benefit people with
disabilities. We could not think of a better way to give back to the Las Vegas
40 wine vendors , a silent auction , great food prepared by the Chefs and
students of Le Cordon Bleu , original artwork from Opportunity Village’s
talented artists and live entertainment provided the guests, families and people
of Opportunity Village a great way to spend an
Village is a not-for-profit organization that serves people in the Las Vegas
community with intellectual disabilities, to enhance their lives and the lives
of the families who love them. Opportunity Village is dedicated to helping
people with severe intellectual and related disabilities become the very best
they can be.
Through vocational training, community employment, day services, advocacy, arts and social recreation, people with severe disabilities are able to find new friends, realize future career paths, seek independence and community integration and unleash creative passions.
Village was founded in 1954 by a small group of local families seeking to
improve the lives of their children with intellectual disabilities. Since then,
Opportunity Village has grown to become Nevada’s largest private, not-for-profit
community habilitation program, serving more than 3,000 people annually through
vocational training, community job placement, art & life skill enrichment,
advocacy, and social recreation programs.
Village gives back to the business’s in Las Vegas by stimulating the economy .
The majority of programs offered by Opportunity Village to people with severe
intellectual disabilities are funded by the work-related activities of those
individuals and by the charitable donations of local individuals and
In the absence of Opportunity Village, state
and local governments would be required to provide similar services that would
increase public cost by more than $17 million annually.
Village helps the people it serves in a variety of ways.
Unlike many short-term job placements that are here today and gone tomorrow, the procurement of commodities and services with local businesses provides long-term, stable employment for people with severe disabilities.
Through the vocational training and employment programs, people with severe disabilities have a chance to develop job skills that offer opportunities for individual
By expanding their scope of experience, and enhancing
their abilities, some workers with disabilities are able to tackle new
assignments at increasingly higher levels of difficulty. This experience
prepares them for a wider variety of jobs, either within Opportunity Village
Work Centers or at a variety of jobs throughout the community.
of the people served by Opportunity Village live either with their families or
in supported living arrangements in the community. Most of the income received
from disability insurance goes for basic room and board costs, meaning the
income earned while working on contracts at Opportunity Village is often their
only source of disposable income. People with severe disabilities are human
beings, just like you and me, and they want to live as normal a life as
possible. Most adults usually go to work, but the unemployment rate for people
with disabilities continuously exceeds 60 percent.
years O-Vino was held at The Ralph and Betty Engelstad campus Opportunity
Village’s newest . This state-of-the-art campus houses the Kitty Rodman
Multi-purpose Center for Arts & Life Skill Enrichment and the Thomas &
Mack Employment Training Center and was a great venue for the
We look forward to the 5 O-Vino and having the chance
to help people with disabilities help the community. With Opportunity Village
everyone in the community benefits. To find out more about Opportunity Village
please visit http://www.opportunityvillage.org/
you next year !