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Opportunity Foundation has just opened Lagniappe Cafe on the COCC Redmond Campus! This is a picture of our opening day! Come on by and start out your day with a cup of coffee and muffin!  We are serving SIsters Coffee!

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We have teamed up with COCC, who is offering a class for those starting out in the work force, teaching soft skills, i.e. how to interview, what is acceptable attire, what questions to ask, etc. After the semester, students will get the chance to do an internship in the kiosk!

Opportunity Foundation

Receives Large Donation

The Opportunity Foundation of Central Oregon announced it recently received a generous donation from the Estate of Horace C. “Bud” and Kathryn J. “June” Nachand in the amount of $32,000.

The Nachands were longtime residents of Bend, having moved from Portland to this area in the early ’70s. After serving in World War II, Bud married June in 1951, who had worked as a civilian chief clerk in supply for the Quartermaster Corps at the Portland Air Base during the war. Bud went on to own and operate a contracting business where he was instrumental in the early planning and development of Sunriver as well as other local projects. Bud passed away in 1998, with June passing in November 2015 at the age of 98.

Throughout their years in Central Oregon, the Nachands were quiet philanthropists, giving generously to several organizations over that time. Their niece, Colleen Dumont, summed up their gift by stating, “They would be very happy to know this money is going to such a wonderful organization, which helps so many people in this area.”
Seth Johnson, executive director for the Opportunity Foundation, along with staff and supported individuals, expressed his surprise and gratitude for this generous donation. “This came out of the blue. We are so thankful for the Nachands’ gift and all the things they did for this community. We are truly grateful.”

About Opportunity Foundation
For 51 years, Opportunity Foundation has proudly supported people with diverse abilities throughout Central Oregon. They envision a world where all people live, learn, and work together. Learn more about Opportunity Foundation at www.opportunityfound.org.

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OPPORTUNITY FOUNDATION’S SETH JOHNSON RECEIVES AWARD

 

REDMOND, Oregon – (July 18, 2016) – Seth Johnson, Executive Director of the Opportunity Foundation of Central Oregon, was awarded the “Shaping the Future” Award by the Oregon Resource Association (ORA) at their quarterly meeting in Klamath Falls on July 14, 2016. This award is given to the person who has taken a leadership role in advocating and moving the agenda forward at the local and state level for people with diverse abilities. Johnson was nominated for this award by members of his senior staff who noted his passion and determination in seeing that all individuals with developmental disabilities have the same opportunities in life as those who face fewer challenges.

In just three short years as Executive Director, Seth has successfully guided the Opportunity Foundation during a time when monumental changes were occurring at the federal and state levels in funding, programming, and services. He integrated himself in a variety of roles to promote understanding and inclusion for individuals with disabilities. Some of Johnson’s accomplishments include serving on the Governors Employment First Stakeholder Committee, ORA Board Member, and as a member of the Deschutes County Mental Health Advisory Board. In 2013, the Opportunity Foundation was named Business of the Year by the Redmond Chamber of Commerce, and the following year, Seth was a recipient of the Cascade Business News “Accomplished Under Forty” award.

There are around 301,000 people in the state who have a form of work disability, and around 126,000 people with disabilities in Oregon who are employed.

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