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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The Life Skills Shop

Last Tuesday the Warriors went to tour Lake Street Family Physicians and Dr. Sassetti taught us all about a physical exam. She helped calm our nerves by answering questions, and walking us through a typical doctor visit! This week we reviewed the past 6 weeks of... read more

Life Shop swims at the Y…M…C…A!!!!

It’s fun to swim at the Y.M.C.A!!! It’s fun to swim at the Y.M.C.A!!! Thursday afternoons Life Shop puts on our swimsuits and participates in water aerobics with our CITE I friends. Each week our instructor Erin has the Warriors water running, splashing, lifting... read more

Life Shop Says Goodbye

This week the Life Shop celebrated Coach Dan’s last day before he starts his new adventure in Asheville NC. We revisited a favorite Nature Club spot at the Lake View Nature Center to fish, grill out, play games and enjoy our time with Dan! Our CITE I friends joined us... read more

Warrior Spa Day 2015

Many thanks to the stylists, family and friends that who volunteered for spa day, to everyone that donated supplies/products, and special thanks to the Carleton of Oak Park! The Warriors were certainly looking fly at this year’s Night for Opportunities Gala.... read more

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The Life Shop participated in Red Nose Day on May 21st to help raise money for children in poverty! #rednoseday #rednose #lifeshop
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At the end of the first After Opps Spring Session, the Warriors showered friend and staff member since 2011, Katie, with fond OK memories and warm wishes for the next chapter in her life. Best of luck, Katie! ...

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Katie McKayThank you! I already miss everyone!5 days ago   ·  1

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March or roll with Opportunity Knocks and WSSRA at this year's River Forest Memorial Day Parade! Family and friends are all welcome to join! #memorialday #parade Look for parade numbers 46 and 47!!!
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Sometimes an OK Pic doesn't fit into an OK Album. This is where it goes if that's the case! Enjoy the randomness.

Sometimes an OK Pic doesn't fit into an OK Album. This is where it goes if that's the case! Enjoy the randomness.

Happy Chicago Craft Beer Week! We are proud to announce the local craft brews that our friends at The Kinderhook Tap have recruited to join us at this year's OK BBQ Block Party on Saturday, June 20, in Forest Park. Get excited for: Flesk Brewing Co., Exit Strategy Brewing Company, Imperial Oak Brewing, Marz Community Brewing, BuckleDown Brewing, Begyle Brewing, and Noon Whistle Brewing! Cheers :-) ...

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Katherine June ValleauSo excited to be a part of such a wonderful event!!6 days ago   ·  2
Phil CarmodyKatherine June Valleau we are very excited to see you guys doing so well and even more excited to be connecting with Exit Strategy Brewing Company!5 days ago   ·  1

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"We took pictures of hand washing for a poster. We emailed questions to Dr. Villari for our tooth brushing video. Good day!" ---Charlie, Social Media Warrior #lifeshop #socialmediawarrior #health #wellness ...

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Jeni PierceCourtney Villari we are getting prepared for next week!!!6 days ago   ·  1

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Walk, run or roll with us tonight at Walk to Run Club! Meet at the RFCC at 5:45pm and head out at 6pm for a 1-2 mile workout in the neighborhood. Please contact Jeni at (616) 283-8433 if you'd like to join or have any questions. Hope to see you there!
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Camping 101 finished off the first Spring After Opps session this past Friday with a lesson from camping enthusiast, Brad Harrison! The Warriors learned about maps, what to wear, what to pack, what to eat/drink, how to keep food safe from bears, and other important camping basics. Thanks for the tips, Brad! #camping #nature #woods #bears #travel #wilderness #wild #afteropps #hobbies ...

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Here's to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them. Thank you for everything you do and happy Mother's Day to all of the mothers out there! #mothersday ...

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Jules BassoGreat picture, happy Mother's day to all the beautiful Moms2 weeks ago   ·  1
Kathleen NewshamThank you opportunity knocks! Billy the clown and I both appreciate the fine job you do with our warriors2 weeks ago   ·  1

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