The Opportunity Center

Welcome to The Opportunity Center, a year round day program for adults with developmental disabilities in Fair Lawn New Jersey. We are a non-sectarian private not-for-profit organization.

Founded by parents and concerned citizens over 40 years ago to provide meaningful interaction and skill sets to an underserved community, today we are a flourishing sheltered workshop, recreation center and respite giver to our extended families.

Programs at The Opportunity Center focus on clients’ continued personal growth, promotion of self-esteem, and the enhancement of abilities to encourage each individual to achieve his or her highest potential.  A typical day includes segments of vocational training, life enriching recreational experiences and academic studies.

Vocational Skill Building - Participants gain work experience in a safe, controlled environment at the Opportunity Center by participating in tasks we subcontract from various companies.  Projects include labeling, counting and packaging small health care and grooming products such as combs, hairpieces, barrettes, and shampoo bottles.  While these projects generate some income, the real value of the program lies in the participants’ satisfaction that comes from knowing that they are capable of being productive and helpful to others.

Academic Studies - Depending upon a client’s skills and abilities, staff members work to further develop the clients’ intellectual skills.  Studies range from basic reading and writing skills to the arts, history, geography, current events and independent living.  Participants’ interests and skill levels are taken into account in developing appropriate subject matter for study.