Opportunity Foundation to Dedicate New Facility in Redmond, Oregon


Opportunity Foundation of Central Oregon announces the public dedication of the Wilson House, its new facility in Redmond, on September 30 from 4-5:30pm. The Wilson House is the first home of its kind in Central Oregon for children with intellectual/developmental disabilities and is currently home to three young men, ages 13-15.

With 24/7 support, residents learn skills that will help them become fully engaged in their communities, leading to healthier, more fulfilling lives. Previously, when parents or guardians made the decision to put their children in a more structured environment, those kids were placed in homes outside of Central Oregon. That meant, on top of having to make an extremely difficult decision, parents had to travel hours to visit their children. Now, young people who need 24 hour support can remain close to their loved ones and in the community that is familiar to them.

The Wilson House is named after Darrel Wilson, who served as Opportunity Foundation’s Executive Director from 1990 to 2013. According to current Executive Director, Seth Johnson, “Wilson House fills a void that has existed in Central Oregon for decades. Children with intellectual/developmental disabilities, like all children, are much more successful when they are in regular contact with their families. Without a program like the Wilson House in the region, those nurturing bonds were difficult to maintain. Darrel recognized that void, had a vision and laid the groundwork to make this home a reality. We are so pleased to open the doors of this facility and to provide a safe, caring home that keeps families closer together and helps children thrive.”







The public is invited to the Wilson House dedication, which will also include a ribbon cutting sponsored by the Redmond Chamber of Commerce.

September 30, 2014
910 NW Quince
Redmond, OR 97756

About Opportunity Foundation of Central Oregon
The Opportunity Foundation started as a school for kids with developmental disabilities in 1965 and began services for adults with disabilities shortly thereafter when new Federal laws mandated that all children have a right to a public education. Today, it offers vocational and residential programs serving over 200 individuals in the tri-county area. Employment opportunities include jobs in document destruction services, product assembly, custodial, recycling, wood mill products, and work in its three thrift stores. The Supported Employment Program is designed to identify and match employers with potential employees who are seeking integrated employment opportunities in their respective communities. Opportunity Foundation staff works with employers to train, job coach, and provide additional resources resulting in a positive experience for everyone involved.

Opportunity Foundation residential services provide homes for 38 individuals with disabilities while other programs assist people with disabilities in semi-independent and independent living situations. Through all its programs, the organization works diligently with community partners in the fulfillment of its mission to provide life improvement services in respectful and supportive settings for Central Oregonians with disabilities. For more information, please visit www.opportunityfound.org.


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