Who are we?

Opportunity Knocks is an Illinois non-profit organization that serves young people who have developmental disabilities in the Oak Park, Forest Park and River Forest communities through social, recreational and life skills programming.

 

What is a Warrior?

The people that we serve are warriors and it is our belief that their place in the community is both valuable and essential. Perseverance and strength through challenge brought us to endearingly dub our program participants as Warriors.

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After Opps

After Opps is an after school/after work program that offers social and recreational activities. Opportunity Knocks holds 4 After Opps program seasons (winter, spring, summer and fall) consisting of one 5-week session and one following 4-week session per season. Opportunity Knocks aims to stimulate the interest of various leisurely activities, participation within the community, and the continued engagement of these activities outside of programs.

Life Shop

Presently, The Life Shop is limited to serving 10 participants. In the near future, we hope to expand the program to be able to serve more individuals. The Life Shop strives to maximize opportunities for the older than 22 adult with developmental disabilities. The program is focused on the Warrior in three phases: health & wellness, improving life skills and community integration.

Morning Opps

Morning Opps is a new Opportunity Knock’s program, launched in 2012, providing activities for the students in Oak Park River Forest High School’s TEAM (Transitional Education with Access to the Mainstream) classrooms. Morning Opps is offered on late arrival Wednesdays throughout the school year when the OPRF faculty and staff participate in professional development training.

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Inside Out Emotion Club

In the Inside Out Emotion Club, the Warrior’s performed skits using different emotions they drew from index cards. The rest of the warriors had to guess the emotion the performer was feeling and then we discussed a “Recipe for Success” using coping skills. A big thank... read more

The Life Shop’s 2nd Anniversary

Thursday was the Life Shop’s second birthday and what a day it was.  In the morning everyone worked hard to prepare the birthday cards and balloons they delivered to their awesome Board Of Directors.  Also, the Life Coaches celebrated all of the Warriors by handing... read more

Life Shop Returns from Summer Break!

This Tuesday was our first day back from summer break!  We were all very excited to see each other after our two-week break. A few of us had a chance to finish up our Danny Town board games and write questions for them.  After lunch we all were able to visit Sugar... read more

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"This morning Inside Out Emotion Club we talked about what makes us happy and what makes us sad. The next time we feel sad we are going to do something that makes us feel happy. I'm going to read a book." -Jackie, Social Media Warrior #nonprofit #lifeskills #insideout #emotionclub ...

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"My original chair broke so we are sanding chairs to make them look new and I'll have a new chair for the Life Shop!" - Jackie, Social Media Warrior #nonprofit #lifeskills #diychair ...

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The Recreating Masterpieces program started off the session last week by recreating the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover! Stay tuned to see which masterpiece they'll recreate next! #nonprofit #recreation #interests #thebeatles #sgtpepperslonelyheartsclubband #recreatingmasterpieces ...

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In the Inside Out Emotion Club, the Warrior’s performed skits using different emotions they drew from index cards. The rest of the warriors had to guess the emotion the performer was feeling and then we discussed a “Recipe for Success” using coping skills. A big thank you to Juliet for coming in and teaching us about improv and helping us explore our emotions! #nonprofit #lifeskills #copingskills #skillz #improv #emotions #insideout
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Juliet KibbeSo so so much fun getting to be apart of life shop this session! Can't wait for next week. #improv #opportunityknocks

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Don't forget to stop by the Warrior Wash car wash tomorrow, August 21st, at 7319 Madison Street in Forest Park between 11am and 3pm! Washes are $10 and come with a coupon for a free smoothie at The Juice Joint!
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