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Opportunity House elects new board at annual meeting

Published: Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Nick Lee of DeKalb was elected chairman of the Opportunity House Inc. Board of Directors at its recent annual meeting.

Other officers elected were Tom Matya, first vice chairman; Chad Jewett, second vice chairman; Jeff Richardson, third vice chairman; Kayte Hamel, secretary; Jim Bohlig, treasurer; and Keith Foster, past chairman.

Directors elected to another term were Jim Dombek, Betty Clausen, Linda Heinisch, Karen Simmons and Tom Sullivan. Two new directors were elected. They are Sarah Tobias and Lisa Becker.

The board recognized and thanked retiring directors Marvin Barnes, Mary Lou Eubanks and Doug Reifsteck. Directors also expressed their gratitude to Keith Foster for his service as board chairman during a very busy and productive year.

The annual report was given by Executive Director Bob Shipman. Opportunity House served 254 people in day, residential and recreation programs.

Services provided in the day programs include development of work skills and employment in community settings and/or OH Industries, and development of daily living skills.

The Community Support and Residential Services include support and development of independent living skills for people living in their own homes or their family’s home, group homes for those needing 24-hour care and support, and respite services. Opportunity House also offers a variety community-based recreational programs and activities as well as Special Olympics programs.

Shipman also reported that through their day programs, 16 individuals were placed in community jobs, 75 individuals were employed in OH Industries, and 62 individuals were provided programs that enhance skills needed for independence in daily living. Residential Services provided a home to 57 individuals and the Community Supports program supported 23 individuals in their own or their family’s home.

A number of accomplishments were reported and include; the purchase of two houses in Sycamore that will be home to seven local adults with developmental disabilities, graduation of nine individuals from the adult education program with Kishwaukee College, enhanced programming to meet the needs of young adults, and accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

For more information, call 815-895-5108 or visit www.ohinc.org.

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