"Capable People. Quality Work.
week we were visited by the Leadership Benton County
Class of 2014. Each year they visit several
non-profits to learn about their missions and how
they serve the people of Benton County. It was a
large group this year and some in the group knew
about Open Avenues but surprisingly, a few in the
group were unfamiliar with us and really didn't know
what we do or to whom we provide services. Even
those who were familiar said it meant so much more
to see first-hand, how productive our clients are
and to learn more about the people we serve. One
participant said she always thought we only provided
services to people with intellectual disabilities.
The criteria for admission to Open Avenues is you
must be 16 years of age or older and you must have a
diagnosed disability. So we do serve people with
intellectual disabilities, as well as other
developmental disabilities such as cerebral palsy,
epilepsy, and autism. But we also provide services
to people with mental illness, people with physical
disabilities, and people who have a head injury as a
result of a fall or an automobile accident, for
example. We open avenues to learning and success to
people with all types of disabilities and we believe
Open Avenues contributes to the good life in
Northwest Arkansas. We hope that's what the
Leadership Benton County Class of 2014 learned when
they visited last week.
Neal is the Executive Director at Open Avenues.
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folks love doing new jobs and the Northwest Arkansas
Business Women's Conference is a happy diversion
from the ordinary. For the last several years Open
Avenues has put together the goody bag for the women
who attend the conference. It always has lots of
neat and useful items and a lot of questions and
statements from our clients like "I wonder what this
is for," or "wow, there sure are a bunch of these."
At Open Avenues we love in and out jobs just like
these goody bags. They are a great break for the
daily grind. To see our great workers in action,
stop by Open Avenues some time. No appointment
required and the coffee is always on.
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approached the group working on sealing the Ring
Snuggies' packaging, I couldn't help but hear
Joyce's contagious laughter and see how easily it
spread to her coworkers. Without missing a beat, she
continued to work as we talked about what led her to
Open Avenues. After an injury in 2003 left Joyce in
chronic pain, she thought she would never have the
opportunity to work again. She battled depression
with the pain and "almost lost hope", she told me.
And, then in January of this year, she found Open
Joyce has excelled at assembling Jotto Desk's laptop
mounting stations for use in emergency vehicles. She
enjoys the multi-layered steps required to assemble
each desk top that keep her mind busy and finds it
keeps her from aggravating her injury.
"Open Avenues gave me a chance to get back out, to
be part of the real world again." Joyce has found a
place where she can work, build friendships and be a
part of the community again. Her bright smile says
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is time to Sponsor A Ride!
year around this time, we begin raising money for
our transportation program at Open Avenues. A $35
investment, provides a client a ride to work and
home again for a whole month. You can make a direct
impact on a person's productivity today.
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$420, or any amount will support a client!