The workshop allows individuals to work and receive training in a
controlled environment with many other people with disabilities.
Workers are paid in accordance with individual production and the
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
Services include assessment, training, and transitional services
leading to community job placement if the individual chooses.
Sheltered workshops are operated under the direction the Opportunity
Center, which often subcontracts with businesses to provide work for
the sheltered employees. These services are funded through state
dollars and the Home and Community-Based Waiver (HCBW).
At the Opportunity Center, workshop clients package products,
assemble items, and prepare bulk mail.
A major component of the Opportunity Center Workshop is the
Screen Print and Embroidery shop. Clients screen print and
embroidery a wide variety of items for the public.
Community Integrated Employment
Community Integrated Employment is provided on site by an individual
worker under the supervision of a job coach. The goal for the client
is to become an independent worker for the company. This employment
promotes independence and community associations. These services may
include unpaid work experience, job sampling, and training through
trade schools, Vo-Techs, and other community groups.
Group Employment is a group of employees who work in the community.
A job coach oversees the employees. For 20+ years, a group of
clients has worked as an enclave at Lindsay Manufacturing. An
enclave is no greater than eight people working at one job site. Job
activities may include job sharing in order to complete a task.
Winston Lindsay, President of Lindsay Manufacturing, says that this
group of employees is anxious to please, love their job, and have a
very low rate of absenteeism.
Other group employment opportunities include the Village Lawn Crew
which is available to mow lawns at private homes and at businesses
in the community. The Village Cleaning Crew is hired by local
businesses and churches to clean during both business hours and
after hours. The Village Road Crew is contracted by the state of
Oklahoma to clean up the trash on Interstate 35 from the Kansas
state line to Perry Oklahoma
Partial list of business partners, 2007