In early February, we were pleased to welcome fellows from the OPRF Community Foundation Leadership Lab for the second consecutive year. The 2019 group of community leaders visited Opportunity Knocks to learn about how we’ve used creative partnerships and social enterprises to expand our mission and support our organizational growth. 

According to their website, the Leadership Lab “brings together committed citizens and emerging and current leaders, to build and practice transferable, valuable leadership skills, and to explore and assess the strengths and opportunities in our community, in a unique, hands-on curriculum.”

We chatted with Leadership Lab fellows about the OK history and mission and the two primary functions of our social enterprises (Knockout Farm, Knockout Pickles, Knockout Catering Company):

  1. To augment the revenue stream from our programs so that we would become more financially self-sustaining; and
  2. To provide opportunities for Warriors to practice important vocational skills in a meaningful employment setting.

Next, our Knockout Pickles team led a pickling demo before the Leadership Lab broke off into their morning workshops. The visit was capped by a taco bar lunch prepared and served by our Knockout Catering Company. Thanks so much to all the passionate and energetic community leaders for coming by and sharing some time with us!

For more info on the Leadership Lab, contact program coordinator Carrie Summy (

It was amazing. We did a show with the pickles for the people. We showed them how to cut the cucumbers and make Knockout Pickles. I liked helping out. I helped make the corn and the carrots and seasonings. I served the salad. I love my jobs a lot. I like making people happy and seeing them try the pickles and food and love it. I hope they come back again to do it with me and Zoe.

Katrina Jeffries

Caterer, Pickler, Knockout Catering Company, Knockout Pickles

We were honored to be asked to participate and have the chance to share our story with such an engaged group of emerging leaders. Any time we can raise awareness of what we are doing and make some new friends in the process, we will jump at the chance. We are grateful especially to Carrie Summy and John Housseal for putting us in the spotlight and continuing to support the Warrior Mission.

Phil Carmody

President, Opportunity Knocks