RESIDENTS AT WORK
Employment and Vocational Activities
Opportunity House, Inc. resident work programs are tailored to each individual’s skills and preferences; we seek to find them meaningful employment opportunities.
In addition, each consumer receives the same supports at work as they do at their home, in the areas of behavior, communication, sensory, medical, and social interaction. These identified areas are incorporated into their goals in the employment program.
Work opportunities consist of paid and volunteer work within the community. The goal is to employ some our individuals in a traditional workforce earning a competitive wage with minimal job coaching supervision, or with direct support from the employer, when appropriate.
What Employers Say...
“Polite, reliable, and conscientious are just a few words to describe the folks at Opportunity House who have delivered our newspaper for more than 25 years. We continue to value our relationship with this fine group of hard workers!”
– Joyce Scott, Former Circulation Manager,
The Advisor Newspaper
Day Program Employment Partners
AIDS Project New Haven Caring Cuisine Program
We pick up a weeks’ worth of frozen meals and deliver them to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses in the New Haven area.
Bottle and recycling of their Orange, CT headquarters.
Books & Company
A Hamden Store organization and retail outlet for participant's products.
Fish of Greater New Haven is an agency that delivers groceries to homebound and needy families in the greater New Haven area. Our participants pick up and deliver bags of groceries for families.
Ecoworks is a re-use center and re-boutique gift shop of up-cycled and repurposed goods. Opportunity House participants job is to sort and organize all donated items at the Ecoworks shop.
Havens Harvest / Food Rescue US
We have a multitude of food rescue runs weekly where we pick up donated food from various stores, businesses, and companies, and deliver it to local food pantries, soup kitchens, churches, and other social service agencies.
Workers help the Orange, CT location with organizing, sorting, and labeling the world-famous PEZ candy products for distribution.
North Haven Advisor
Some residents help deliver this free community weekly newspaper to individual homes in Hamden, North Haven, and Northford.
Orange Food Pantry
Some residents help organize, sort, and inventory foodbank items.
Shorty’s Barber Shop
One participant works at Shorty’s barber shop cleaning before the customers arrive.
Most Valuable Employee
Jim successfully maintained a part time position at Duchess Restaurant in Wallingford for over 25 years. Before Duchess' operation was interrupted by the COVID pandemic, Jim was the second longest employee there and received lots of support from his fellow co-workers. Jim has now enjoying retirement.
“I can't say enough good things about Opportunity House and Jimmy Savoie. Jimmy was our longest lasting employee. Having him here and seeing him grow and his positive effect on other employees had been wonderful.”
– Stuart Levitz, Owner of Duchess