Warrior Response Fund

PRESERVE | SUPPORT | PERSEVERE

We are establishing the Warrior Response Fund so that we can preserve, support and persevere as an organization and a community. We hope you find this purpose motivating. We hope you can support our efforts with a donation.

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THE OK COVID-19 RESPONSE PLAN & INFO HQ

We are actively and continuously responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. It has affected all of our operations, from programs to events. Follow this link to find out how we are responding and how you can help us get through these challenging times.

Knockout Catering's Greatest Hits

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Join the Warrior Nation

We need great humans!
Volunteers, Interns, Boards & Staff

WARRIOR RESPONSE FUND

PRESERVE | SUPPORT | PERSEVERE

We are establishing the Warrior Response Fund so that we can preserve, support and persevere as an organization and a community. We hope you find this purpose motivating. We hope you can support our efforts with a donation.

LEARN MORE

THE OK COVID-19 RESPONSE PLAN & INFO HQ

We are actively and continuously responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. It has affected all of our operations, from programs to events. Follow this link to find out how we are responding and how you can help us get through these challenging times.

Knockout Catering's Greatest Hits

A series of pop-up events featuring the most popular items on our menu prepared for delivery or curbside pickup. Take a break and let us cook for you

 

Join the Warrior Nation

We need great humans!
Volunteers, Interns, Boards & Staff

OUR MISSION

A COMMUNITY OF WARRIORS

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.

WHO WE SERVE

Perseverance and strength through challenges have led us to nickname our participants Warriors. We are dedicated to providing support and resources for teens and young adults.

WHERE WE SERVE

We are currently serving the communities of Oak Park, Forest Park, and River Forest. Due to our current space constraints, we are limited to serving only those communities.

WHY WE SERVE

Opportunities for young people with I/DD are terribly limited. The state of Illinois ranks 49th in the nation in supporting community-based programs. More than 12,000 are currently awaiting state services.

State of Illinois

National rank in supporting community-based services

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Awaiting Services

Local Warriors requesting state support, who are still waiting

 

Warrior Families

Supported by OK programs on an annual average

OUR PROGRAMS

WARRIOR FOCUSED, WARRIOR DRIVEN

We listen to our participants and collaborate as equal architects in developing programs. Specific activities vary throughout the year and across programs, but common to all programs is some combination of a focus on wellness, vocational skills, life skills, leadership, social recreation, and community connection.

AFTER OPPS

After Opps is an after-school/after work program that offers social and recreational activities of all kinds. Each session’s activities are determined through a collaborative partnership between Warrior participants and OK Staff.

Life Shop

An alternative-style day program that takes a Warrior-centered approach to adult life in the community. Designed for Warriors older than age 22, focusing on building life skills, health and wellness, community connections and vocational skills.

Enterprise

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.

OUR COMMUNITY

A COLLECTIVE EFFORT

As a grassroots organization, operating outside of the abysmal state funding structure, we have built OK on a foundation of community support. We rely heavily on a vast network of donors, volunteers, and partners to help support, sustain and grow our mission. We have a great network, but it is paramount that it continues to grow. Want to get involved?

FEATURED PARTNER

The Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park Township (CMHB) is a branch of Oak Park Township. The CMHB is comprised of nine residents appointed by the Township Supervisor with the approval of the Township Trustees.

Opportunity Knocks is proud to be among the agencies that the CMHB supports. The CMHB is a significant source of support for the Warriors participating in OK’s Life Shop.

We are grateful to have such strong partnerships with the local townships!

DONATE

We are 94% privately funded. Without your support, we would not exist. Please consider supporting the Warriors today.

VOLUNTEER

From program support members to event staff volunteers, corporate groups and internships, opportunities to connect abound.

PARTNER

Corporate sponsorships, program partnerships and all sorts of ways in between to connect your group with our group in mission.

Big Thanks to our OK Classic Sponsors

Upcoming Events

Each year, Opportunity Knocks hosts 4 major events, that while are designed to be a great time for all, are crucial in funding the day to day operations. But, there are a lot more! Stay informed of ALL our events by following our events page.

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Come check out our blog to keep up with the latest events and stories happening here at Opportunity Knocks!

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