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OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS

Opening doors, creating opportunities and changing lives.

aka Opportunity Knocks Inc.   |   River Forest, IL   |  www.opportunityknocksnow.org

Mission

Opportunity Knocks is dedicated to enriching life and community. We exist to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities as they live, work, learn, grow and connect within their community. We believe in a dynamic, person-centered and community-based approach to programming that engages the voice of all Warriors, thrives on interdependent connections, encourages exploration, centers on holistic wellness and fostering healthy relationships.

Ruling year info

2010

Principal Officer

Michael Carmody

President

Phil Carmody

Main address

8020 Madison Street

River Forest, IL 60305 USA

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EIN

26-4758403

NTEE code info

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

A few months ago our marketing team worked with a local university's marketing class for a project on our organization. It was beneficial to learn more about ourselves on what worked and did not. As many organizations shift toward online and virtual platforms we have seen communication become a bit more complicated. It is our goal to improve communication on all social media and email platforms in the upcoming months

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

After Opps

After Opps is an after school/after work program offering a wide variety of activities that are developed in collaboration with the Warrior participants. Program activities are embedded with a focus on peer leadership, health and wellness, social interaction and community connections.

Programs operate three days per week from 3:30pm til 6:30pm. Participants may register for 1 day per week, 2 days per week, or 3 days per week (the full session).

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
Young adults

The Life Shop is an adult day program that takes a Warrior-centered approach to life in the community. The program is designed for Warriors older than age 22, focusing on building life skills, health and wellness, community integration and vocational skills.

This program serves young adults in the Oak Park, River Forest, & Forest Park communities who are 22 years and older and have an intellectual or developmental disability.

The Life Shop programming takes an individualized approach to goal-setting for our Warrior participants. Warriors work with OK staff to develop strategies to achieve specific goals around independence, health and wellness, vocational training and more. Our activity offerings are built to identify the Warrior’s personal interests, preferences, strengths, and capabilities.

The Life Shop expanded to the third day of programming (Wednesday) in September 2017, resulting in 138 program days and up to 18 hours of programming each week for Warriors. The Life Shop is offered Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:30-2: 30 pm, year-round.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
Young adults

With 3 initiatives under the Knockout Brand of social enterprises, we aim to sustain meaningful and gainful vocational skill-building opportunities, while also producing a revenue stream to support OK operations. We produce and distribute our own line of artisan pickles, we operate a high-quality catering business and we connect both to an urban farm where we grow our own from seed to harvest, embedding the harvest into the production of both pickles and catering menus.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
People with intellectual disabilities

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Opportunity Knocks is helping to create a more diverse and inclusive community where people of all abilities can live, work and maintain a social connectedness.

Like many businesses and organizations, this pandemic has caused a whirlwind of changes to many strategies. With a majority of our events being in person, we have had to adjust our strategies to become effective on a digital platform. We are finding ways to host galas, charity events, cook-offs, and pop-up meal venues while maintaining human safety at all times. Being closer to our community while not being physically close has been a top goal.

Our organization has done everything to weather the storm. The ability to act quickly and communicate efficiently on platforms like social media, email, and zoom has allowed us to make the necessary adjustments to survive this unprecedented time. Our warriors, sponsors, employees, and everyone in the community have offered their hands and hearts in cooperating while we get through this time together. We also have made CDC information as well as program info readily updated so everyone around OK knows what's happening globally and in their neighborhood. We set up precautions, provide documents and ensure everyone feels safe and comfortable!

We have made the leap into virtual programs and events with good results. For the past year, we have created on-site programs with social distancing and other COVID-related precautions as well as virtual Zoom programs. In the upcoming months, we hope to continue the success as well as prepare for hopeful comebacks of more physical events as we see the vaccines distributed across the country.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS

Board of directors
as of 11/16/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Karen Hunter

Retired

Term: 2021 - 2023

Claudia Marciniak

Thomas McShane

Karen Hunter

Michelle Anderson

Terry Brown

William Finn

Mike McGarry

Jim Lencioni

Greg Ignoffo

Mike Al Karaki

Tara Harper

Zoe Philpotts

Jonas White

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/26/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability