Programs & Services


Our program model utilizes a Person Centered Approach and includes structured activities and interventions that provide instruction and support in 5 key areas. These include accommodating changes in physical functioning, cognitive ability, Executive Functioning areas, behavior and emotion regulation, and language and communication development. A high degree of structure exampled by scheduling, routine and visual and auditory adaptations is combined with a commitment to individualization, community inclusion and skill acquisition to provide participants the opportunity to achieve the highest degree of independence and growth possible.

Day Habilitation

The Day Habilitation program is designed to provide a series of planned, coordinated, goal oriented services that include training in self-care, self-preservation, receptive and expressive communication, self-direction, community skills, activities of daily living, hygiene, grooming and recreation and leisure.

Clinical supports services offered through this program design include Health Services, Occupational and Physical Therapy, Speech and Language services and behavioral consultation.

Each participant has a support plan developed by staff, clinicians, family and guardians that is tailored to meet the individual needs of each member.

Explorers Club

This program meets one weekend per month and provides fuller life experiences that encourage companionship within an integrated setting. Each participant is expected to pay an annual fee to participate in the program, in addition to the extra costs associated with program activities. Activities include movies,

Employment Services

The purpose of this program is to get people working! Opportunity Works provides employment supports to individuals who express a desire to explore and to obtain jobs within their community. The agency provides vocational assessment, career exploration, on-the-job training, job placement, follow-up, and supervision.

Community Based Day Supports

The Community Based Day Supports Program is a model designed for those people who desire services in addition to work.  This program encourages self-determination by empowering participants to select activities that are personally meaningful to them.  Individuals select from a broad range of daily activities that take place in a variety of community settings such as museums, parks, farms, theaters, fitness clubs, salons and local volunteer groups.  Individuals participate in other activities such as nutrition and cooking, computers, current events, fire safety, and human rights groups.

OW CBDS Program: Community Works

To provide further services to those who complete Project SEARCH, as well as other applicants, we now offer a new Community Based Day Service (CBDS) called Community Works. Instead of beginning and ending their day at the agency location, team members spend their entire day in the community and at volunteer sites. By participating in these activities, they develop skills that they have previously identified they would like to either improve on or acquire, with the long term goal of obtaining meaningful employment.


OpArt is a visual arts program where artists with developmental disabilities create, exhibit, and sell art. The program is a collaboration with the Newburyport Art Association. Our creative art program provides artists with instruction in the media of their choice. OpArt artists explore printmaking, painting with acrylics or watercolors, drawing, working with pastels, sculptures, ceramics, fabric art, jewelry and more.

Shared Living

The Opportunity Works Shared Living Program is a person-centered model where people of varied abilities choose their home and supports.  Participants, in concert with their support team, choose to live with a roommate, couple, or a family and enjoy mutually beneficial life experiences.  Shared Living Home Providers share companionship with the Participant and receive a generous tax-free stipend for the services they provide.  Shared Living households are supported to encourage positive relationships based on social values that are respectful and promote the inclusion, equality and dignity of all household members.  The goal of the Shared Living Program is a long-term relationship that results in an enjoyable home life for both the Home Care Provider and the Participant.

If you are interested in hearing more, please contact Mary Prenaveau, Director of Shared Living at [email protected]  or 978-374-5281 Extension 149.

What the Community Says...

We started our relationship with OW to solve a labor problem we had for some repetitive tasks that we seemed to constantly struggle in finding reliable candidates to fill. We quickly learned that this relationship was far more than just solving this issue. The OW Team Members immediately brought enthusiasm, positive energy and an outlook on life our team didn’t even know we were missing as a group. From day one our new OW Team Members not only became part of our TFPM Team by helping us solve our labor problems, they quickly became like family to us. We are so fortunate to have had the pleasure to have the OW crew join our Team and help us in so many ways. We wouldn’t trade them for the world.
- Jaimie M. Bezanson,
Vice President of Operations, Tru Form Precision Manufacturing, Plaistow, NH
Vickie (OW Employment Specialist, who runs an enclave at Da/Pro) and her crew are a big asset to our company. We appreciate all that they do. In the year and a half that they have been here We have shipped out close to 5 million parts to our biggest customer. They have also helped out with parts for 8 more of our customers. We Hope they continue to work with us.
- Melissa,
Production Supervisor, DA/PRO RUBBER, Newburyport, MA
In the short time Russell has been with us as a member of our Housekeeping team, his cheerful attitude and quick smile has warmed the hearts of us all. His willingness to learn new things has inspired our staff and his attention to detail has impressed our guests. I know I speak for everyone when I say it’s a little more exciting heading into work when we know Russell is scheduled to be there. Thank you Opportunity Works.
- Nicole Evans,
Assistant General Manager, La Quinta Inns & Suites Boston-Andover, Andover, MA
Having two Lot Attendants as committed and energized as Justice and Perrin. was noticed by our members this Holiday Season. Even when working long, back-to-back shifts in cold, wet weather, they both were cheerful and quick to offer help. I think the fact that Justice trained Perrin is a large part of what gives them the special team spirit we all recognize and admire.
- Tim Latta,
Manager, Human Resources, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Salem, NH

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