A group home as identified by the State of Oklahoma offers living
arrangements for 6 to 12 people who share a home and receive up to
23 hours per day of supervision, support, and training in daily
living. Group Home residents are 18 years of age or older and are
provided community living services. The Opportunity Center owns 3
group homes. For each client the goal is to work toward living as
independently as possible.
Mertz Family Village home is on the campus of the Land of
Opportunity. The Village is home to 7 individuals with developmental
disabilities. It is a private pay home where individuals without
state benefits may live. Each individual has the freedom to decorate
his or her room and bring furniture to make it homelike.
The Village Home has a large kitchen where residents help
cook meals and eat in a family setting. The Opportunity Center has
available to the community a respite room in the Village home. Local
philanthropists Mr. & Mrs. Don Mertz and Mr. & Mrs. Forrest Mertz
gave the Mertz Family Village home to the Opportunity Center.
Prospect Home is coed and is home to six individuals who are
actively involved in living independently. It is located in the
community near banks, retail shopping, and grocery stores. Recently
a client living at Prospect demonstrated adequate responsibility and
skills to move from the group home to his own apartment. It was a
time of celebration for this client and a feather in the cap of the
house managers who helped make independent living possible for this
Greenbriar Home is located in the community. Scheduling
laundry day, cooking, and cleaning are part of the everyday routine.
Greenbriar is a co-ed home where six individuals live. The family
unit plans their own social outings and activities.
Community Living Homes
In a community living home, one to three individuals live in a home
of their choice in the community. The Council owns two homes that
were donated to the Opportunity Center, The Goldie Bass Home which
is home to 3 gentlemen and the Naomi Welch home which 3 gentlemen
also call home. Four other clients live in 3 homes in the community.
To ensure individuals received necessary support as they waited for
services, the State of Oklahoma created the In-Home Supports Waiver
in 1999. This funding stream allows individuals and families to
select services necessary for each individual to remain in his or
her own home or in the family home. Case managers assist the client
in locating, securing, and coordinating needed service. Both
children between the ages of 3 and 17 and eligible adults over 18
may receive this service. This is not a cash payment program but
participating organizations are reimbursed for services provided.
The Opportunity Center is a participating organization and serves
individuals under the In-Home Supports Waiver.
Community Group Home
The Community Group Home is the newest residence added to the Opportunity Center's list of services. As individuals at the Center began to age, it became apparent to the Board of Directors that another residential program was necessary to serve those with aging issues as well as those with severe and profound handicaps. The Kay County Council and the Opportunity Center Board agreed to build and operate the Community Group Home. This Group Home houses 6 individuals who need around the clock assistance. The design of the Community Group Home is to allow the staff to give quality care while allowing each resident to have privacy of their personal bedroom and bathroom. The open floor design assist staffs to ensure all residents are safe.