Opportunity Development Centers, Inc. (ODC) is a private, not-for-profit agency whose mission is “to empower people with disabilities to achieve their work and life goals”.
ODC was founded in 1965 and serves individuals in Central and North Central Wisconsin. In 2019, ODC provided services to more than 900 individuals.
ODC has physical locations in Wisconsin Rapids, Stevens Point, Plover, and Marshfield, and provides services in nine counties (Wood, Portage, Marathon, Adams, Clark Taylor, Lincoln, Langlade and Oneida).
The organization is governed by a 12-18 member volunteer board of directors; day-to-day operations are directed by agency President Pam Ross, who oversees approximately 170 full and part-time staff members that deliver the agency’s services.
ODC's programs are funded through three primary sources:
ODC services are driven by its vision: “communities strengthened and enriched by the abilities and contributions of all members”.
Services are designed around each individual’s interests and needs, and focus on helping individuals establish meaningful connections in the community, both inside and outside of work. ODC specializes in providing employment services that lead to competitive, integrated employment in the community.
In 2019, ODC assisted 328 people in finding and maintaining employment in the community. A total of 331 businesses hired or continued to employ people through ODC’s programs.
ODC operates social enterprises in Wisconsin Rapids, Plover and Marshfield. Social Enterprises serve two major purposes: to provide work and training for people with disabilities, and to provide vital operating revenue for the agency. ODC’s Social Enterprises include:
Milkweed Market—a home décor business, which includes products designed and manufactured at ODC. ODC operates a Milkweed Market retail store in Wisconsin Rapids and has established wholesale relationships with several retailers, and sells product online.
Ink Splash—an apparel printing business serving individuals, organizations and businesses in Wisconsin Rapids. Services include screen printing, embroidery, direct to garment printing and heat transfer printing.
Pallet Division—a full service pallet manufacturing operation in Plover.
Wood Fabrication—providing a variety of wood fabrication services to support other businesses.
Mailings—full service mail preparation services serving businesses in our communities.
Fulfillment—warehousing, inventory management, order fulfillment and shipping services supporting businesses both locally and nationwide.
Vinyl products—Manufacturing label holders for the US Postal Service and other businesses, checkbook covers and other custom products.
Computer & Electronics Recycling—a cost effective solution for individuals and businesses to recycle various electronic equipment.
ODC’s 2019 annual revenue totaled $10,700,976, with $5,198,422 from social enterprise sales and $4,567,244 from services revenue, funded by Family Care Managed Care Organizations, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Counties, and other agencies. Vital support dollars were also generated through a fund development program that includes annual appeals, distributions from endowed funds, grants, donations and fundraising events, which accounted for $626,224 in revenue to support ODC; an additional $161,854 was from donor restricted donations to ODC’s endowment fund.
ODC relies on donations to create, subsidize, and enhance ODC’s services. ODC has established a fund development program to generate donations through annual appeals, distributions from endowed funds, grans, donations, fund raising events and planned giving efforts. The United Way of Portage County also supports ODC’s Portage County services.
ODC has also established a separate foundation, ODC Foundation, Inc., to manage permanently restricted assets. The foundation was set up to exclusively benefit ODC’s program and services. On an annual basis, the ODC Foundation will distribute a percentage of assets to ODC. The Foundation is managed by a five-member board of directors (three of which also serve on the ODC board, and two that are non-ODC board members).