11/07/2019 11:11Author Stephany Hartman

Yesterday’s first significant snowfall of the year didn’t deter the Aspirus Riverview Hospital Project SEARCH interns! They were all present and ready to take on the day, which began with work on presentations they’ll be giving to their Business Advisory Council, a group of local business professionals who help to mentor the interns.

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10/30/2019 10:10Author Stephany Hartman

A chill in the air didn’t stop the Marshfield Project Search students from volunteering their morning at the Marshfield Rotary Winter Wonderland. 

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10/24/2019 09:10Author Stephany Hartman

ODC and Milkweed Market staff were happy to host an Ameriprise – StrongBridge Wealth Customer Appreciation event this past Monday. Jill, the organization’s Business Development Director had appreciative words.

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10/18/2019 02:10Author Stephany Hartman

On Thursday, October 10, all 27 Project SEARCH Wisconsin business sites were invited to the Governor’s Executive Residence to be recognized for their support of the Project SEARCH program. 

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10/07/2019 02:10Author Stephany Hartman

ODC’s CommunityConnect program has built a relationship with The Family Center to mutually benefit both parties.

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10/04/2019 08:10Author Stephany Hartman

ODC is pleased to offer 100 Days = 100 Smiles programming, funded through a Delta Dental of Wisconsin Foundation grant.

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09/27/2019 11:09Author Stephany Hartman

ODC participant Nathan “Buck” is moving on to Uptown Coffee Company.

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09/11/2019 02:09Author Stephany Hartman

ODC participants recently assisted Jeremiah's Crossing in getting their ranch ready for the beginning of fall lessons. Participants worked together to pull weeds and do other end-of-summer clean up tasks.

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09/03/2019 09:09Author Stephany Hartman

Day Services participants were sure sad to see August come to an end. The good weather made for some great day trips full of fun and learning.

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08/21/2019 10:08Author Stephany Hartman

Day Services participants from Wisconsin Rapids, Stevens Point and Marshfield were all smiles as they worked on their Milkweed Market “Make and Take Scarecrow Project”.

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08/01/2019 01:08Author Jennifer Blum

We are proud to share a great message from the SWEPS food pantry in Wisconsin Rapids… to everyone involved, “way to go”!

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06/27/2019 03:06Author Emily Marino

Health and wellness are an important component of an active and meaningful life for individuals at all levels of ability.

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06/24/2019 02:06Author Jennifer Blum

In the past, ODC has hosted an awards dinner each year to honor those who support our mission: to empower people with disabilities to achieve their work and life goals. 

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06/12/2019 03:06Author Laura Krause

We can’t think of a better way to learn and practice skills than in the company of horses!

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04/29/2019 02:04Author Jennifer Blum

We bet you didn’t know that Friday was National Pretzel Day!

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03/06/2019 08:03Author Stacey Schultz

Our thanks to the Delta Dental of Wisconsin Foundation for providing the funding to begin our 100 Days…100 Smiles project!

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02/25/2019 09:02Author Sue Gustke

Celebrating retirement is a bittersweet affair.

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01/14/2019 10:01Author Emily Marino

What is normal, anyway?

How many times in the lives of people with disabilities or mental health struggles were they considered “not normal”? I would guess more times than they would like to count.

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01/07/2019 11:01Author Eric Gudmunsen

When I met with The Waterford staff for the first time three years ago, I spoke to them about a position that I had developed with another senior living facility that we call “hospitality aid”.

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12/19/2018 09:12Author Eric Gudmunsen

Alex continued to grow with each work experience and he left each workplace a better place...

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12/18/2018 01:12Author Ann Lepak

What started as a hire at one gym with one worker in Wisconsin Rapids turned into hires at four gyms with four workers in Wisconsin Rapids, Marshfield, Stevens Point and Plover.

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12/04/2018 02:12Author Jennifer Blum

Arborwood Lodge and Arborview Court, part of Crystal Fountains Assisted Living, have been working with ODC employment services for over eight years.

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11/28/2018 03:11Author Jennifer Blum

Our congratulations to Marshfield Clinic Health Systems for receiving America’s Job Honors Award in a packed house at the Monona Terrace in Madison this afternoon.

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11/26/2018 10:11Author Mary Blanchard

When Skyler Slark first came to Marshfield’s Project SEARCH program at Marshfield Medical Center in September 2015, he had little confidence or self-esteem and not much hope for the future.

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11/15/2018 01:11Author Christina Tierney

It was my great pleasure to honor Arie Reinke with ODC’s 2018 Wisconsin Rapids Area Personal Achievement Award. I am honored to have worked with Arie. His persistence and perseverance in rebuilding his work and community life in a new city has been nothing but extraordinary.

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11/15/2018 01:11Author Jennifer Blum

Congratulations to our nominees! May you continue to grow both personally and professionally… we appreciate and applaud your contributions to our community!

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11/15/2018 10:11Author Jennifer Blum

Every person that was nominated for the Wisconsin Rapids area award this year deserves recognition as having “stood out” among the rest for many reasons.

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11/13/2018 11:11Author Jennifer Blum

Stay tuned… and join us as we celebrate their journeys!

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11/08/2018 03:11Author Mary Blanchard

ODC recently celebrated the retirement of a 30-year employee, Jane Austin.

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11/06/2018 01:11Author BJ Bowers

Bill works at Ascension St. Michael’s Hospital (SMH) collecting confidential papers throughout the hospital to be shredded.

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10/31/2018 02:10Author Jennifer Blum

ODC staff and participants are thrilled to once again be attending the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities’ annual conference in Wisconsin Dells, called the Wisconsin Self-Determination Conference.

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10/08/2018 08:10Author Jennifer Blum

Thank you, Frame Church members!

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09/27/2018 03:09Author Jennifer Blum

Today, I had the opportunity to share my love of dog agility with our Stevens Point ODC Day Services group.

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09/24/2018 02:09Author Jennifer Blum

Join us on Friday, October 26th from 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm at Hotel Marshfield for our 2018 Evening to Inspire Tailgate Party!

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09/18/2018 03:09Author Jennifer Blum

Our Wisconsin Rapids Day Service group got to toss a little dough today, courtesy of the kind folks at Polito’s Pizza.

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09/12/2018 11:09Author Jennifer Blum

ODC’s Stevens Point Day Services groups are enjoying this beautiful fall weather by exploring and learning new things about their community and the people with whom they share it.

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08/07/2018 01:08Author Jennifer Blum

This exciting evening will feature Piano Fondue, a high-energy “dueling pianos” performance.

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07/16/2018 02:07Author Jennifer Blum

Sometimes, “everyday things” turn a day into an adventure...

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07/12/2018 10:07Author Jennifer Blum

2017 was another year of growth and transformation for ODC.

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06/20/2018 09:06Author Jennifer Blum

The sun is shining, the air is warm and ODC’s CommunityConnect participants are enjoying every minute!

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06/07/2018 03:06Author Jennifer Blum

"There is much to celebrate this evening as one chapter is ending and another is just beginning."

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06/04/2018 12:06Author Jennifer Blum

Jordanah made a big announcement at her recent Marshfield Project SEARCH graduation ceremony...

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05/29/2018 08:05Author Jennifer Blum

Last Thursday was Red Nose Day at Walgreens!

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05/22/2018 01:05Author Jennifer Blum

This year’s Marshfield Project SEARCH graduating class has so much to celebrate! They’ve been through a year of intensive work readiness training...

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05/14/2018 11:05Author Jennifer Blum

Congratuations to Curtis and Withee Tire for finding a really good match…

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05/09/2018 03:05Author Jennifer Blum

For over a year, Alex has been taking advantage of temporary work experiences coordinated by ODC, opportunities for him to learn and practice his work skills…

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04/17/2018 12:04Author Danielle Nystrom & Heather Bailey

The Marshfield Young Professionals (MYP) group has organized a Blind Volleyball Tournament, during YPweek, to benefit Opportunity Development Centers, Inc. (ODC).

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04/10/2018 01:04Author Heather Bailey & Jessica Spray

It all started in January 2018 when Paula Weber, ODC’s Service Coordinator created a Facebook group – Paula's Block Exchange.

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04/04/2018 09:04Author Stacey Schultz

An exciting new opportunity for our community is coming to town - accessible bikes!

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03/29/2018 01:03Author Jennifer Blum

On Tuesday, we gathered at the Elks Club in Wisconsin Rapids to honor local businesses and organizations that work with ODC Employment Services.

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03/26/2018 08:03Author Monica Barnhart

Of all the individuals we work with, Brian has one of the strongest desires to work in the community.

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03/15/2018 03:03Author Jennifer Blum

It was just another inspirational moment for those of us who attended the ODC Employer Appreciation event in Marshfield earlier this week.

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03/07/2018 01:03Author Jennifer Blum

This lucky group of hockey fans has some connections!

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02/28/2018 02:02Author Jennifer Blum

“Very impressive” were the words used to describe Project SEARCH interns after a mock interview session at Aspirus Riverview Hospital in Wisconsin Rapids.

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02/19/2018 03:02Author Jennifer Blum

Those of you who follow ODC know that Dustin is “in our news” quite a lot, and for good reason!

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02/13/2018 11:02Author Erica Utegaard

Luke has been working at Applebee’s in Marshfield for only a couple of months, but he’s made such an impression...

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02/07/2018 11:02Author Jennifer Blum

Following in the footsteps of previous Wisconsin Rapids Project SEARCH classes, this year’s interns...

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01/25/2018 08:01Author Jennifer Blum

ODC and Aspirus Wausau Hospital hosted their very first “information night” for those interested in our newest Project SEARCH program, slated to begin at the hospital with the start of the 2018–2019 school year.

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01/09/2018 01:01Author Jennifer Blum

When ODC staff make time for some good, old-fashioned fun, we do it for a good cause!

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12/20/2017 04:12Author Eric Gudmunsen

When Allyson came to ODC, she immediately told me that she was ready to work.

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12/20/2017 03:12Author Holly Bronk and Michele Politoski

A hard worker. Always on time. Always on task. Does his job fantastically!

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12/20/2017 11:12Author Jennifer Blum

I got to know Katie about four years ago, when I interviewed her for a video that ODC was producing. I was immediately struck by her strength and dignity...

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12/19/2017 02:12Author Christina Eberhardt

Travis is a happy man, and is proud to tell you so!

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12/18/2017 11:12Author Jennifer Blum

We are consistently amazed at how, each year, ODC’s Annual Awards Dinner is even more inspiring than the last.

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12/14/2017 10:12Author Dennis Page & Leisa Pratt

Jessiah just recently said “good-bye” to ODC, as he retired this fall after 14 years.

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12/12/2017 04:12Author Tiffany Groshek & Kathy Stout

At ODC, we know that “opportunity + support + personal effort = achievement”!

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12/12/2017 03:12Author Carla Czarny

Jason came to ODC in 2009 with the goal of community employment.

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12/11/2017 03:12Author Carla Czarny

Ryan had no plans to look for community employment, and he was not shy in saying so.

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12/07/2017 09:12Author Paula Weber & Monica Barnhart

Mark began participating in ODC services 30 years ago… and he holds ODC in his heart as a big part of his life in many ways.

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12/06/2017 11:12Author Mary Blanchard

When Matthew started the Project SEARCH program in 2013, he was very quiet, shy and unsure of himself.

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12/04/2017 11:12Author Greg Weiler & Stacey Schultz

When Vicky joined ODC two years ago, she made the decision to challenge herself to gain physical strength… she would no longer be using her wheelchair.

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11/21/2017 01:11Author Mary Blanchard

Today, I received an email that, from an ODC job developer’s perspective, is as good as it gets.

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11/16/2017 03:11Author Chris Nemitz & Pat Turner

One year ago at this time, if we were to tell you that Jeffery was going to be a smiling, joking ODC service participant capable of completing multiple-step work tasks, you would have thought we were speaking of someone else. Yet, this is exactly who Jeffrey has become over the last year of his training at ODC.

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10/05/2017 11:10Author Jennifer Blum

Nicole was only 13 years old when an accident caused her spinal cord injury.

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09/25/2017 02:09Author Mary Blanchard

This is a smile that comes with being a new hire at the Marshfield Clinic/Marshfield Medical Center!

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09/20/2017 01:09Author Jennifer Blum

We are so honored by the generosity of Paul and Rita Meier, owners of the Blue Heron Brew Pub in Marshfield!

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08/31/2017 01:08Author Jennifer Blum

Matt was a volunteer firefighter with the Amherst Fire District when he had an accident that caused a traumatic brain injury… he was just 27 years old.

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08/22/2017 01:08Author Jennifer Blum

Jo Ann Beaudette spent her career helping students with disabilities transition from school to the world of work. Now, says Jo Ann, she has the opportunity to do what she loves and serve her community as well. 

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07/25/2017 11:07Author Jennifer Blum

John recently made his “debut” as one of the stars of a promotional video filmed by members of the Conover Company, who came to visit us last week!

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07/14/2017 02:07Author Jennifer Koth

On Wednesday, four Wisconsin Rapids Rafters Baseball players and their Marketing Manager visited ODC.

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07/13/2017 02:07Author Jennifer Blum

The men in ODC’s microwave cooking class meet every Wednesday to learn their way around the kitchen.

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06/28/2017 01:06Author Jennifer Blum

Here at ODC, we’re like family. We support each other through the hard times, and celebrate each other’s successes…

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06/19/2017 10:06Author Jennifer Blum

In just a few months, Katie will “graduate” from ODC’s Supported Employment services and will be working on her own, with no job coach support, at the Marshfield Public Library.

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06/06/2017 02:06Author Miranda Yenter

A few years ago, Matt experienced a traumatic brain injury and decided to take advantage of all that ODC’s Day Services program in Stevens Point has to offer.

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05/15/2017 10:05Author Jennifer Blum

Our Stevens Point Day Services group was recently invited to Polito’s Pizza on Main Street to witness the work...

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05/11/2017 03:05Author Jennifer Blum

ODC’s very own Lynn Haefer (center), Employment Services Supervisor, was recently chosen to speak on a panel of highly-skilled job developers during the annual statewide Rehabilitation for Wisconsin Conference in Wisconsin Dells!

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05/10/2017 01:05Author Jennifer Blum

ODC staff (left to right) Jennifer Blum, Heather Bailey and Toni Koeshall recently joined Carl Hilke on WFHR radio to announce the “grand opening” of Milkweed Market, ODC’s newest business enterprise!

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05/05/2017 02:05Author Jen Pelot

ODC’s Career Exploration service is not just about exploring jobs in our communities!

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05/01/2017 12:05Author Lynn Haefer & Miranda Gregory

We recall a time, not so long ago, when people with disabilities were not acknowledged as members of society and community-based employment was unheard of. 

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04/25/2017 02:04Author Laura Krause

One of ODC’s CommunityConnect groups recently took on a project for Earth Day by helping with community clean-up at the North Wood County Historical Society’s Upham Mansion in Marshfield.

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03/28/2017 02:03Author Jen Pelot

Last Tuesday, ODC’s Employment Services team in Wisconsin Rapids celebrated our Wisconsin Rapids area employers at an annual Employer Appreciation Breakfast.

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03/16/2017 01:03Author Jennifer Blum

Project SEARCH isn’t just about preparing for the world of work. Interns participating in this high school transition program for young adults with disabilities...

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03/13/2017 10:03Author Jessica Spray

During the month of January, ODC’s Day Services Travel Club researched New Orleans, Louisiana. They liked what they found so much that they wanted to share what they learned…

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03/01/2017 02:03Author Jennifer Koth

ODC’s Tuesday night CommunityConnect group recently made a big spaghetti dinner for 14 residents at Acorn Apartments in Wisconsin Rapids!

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02/27/2017 10:02Author Holly Skinner, Goodwill Marshfield

Ryan has always been a star participant in Goodwill’s on-the-job training program. He’s dedicated, organized and a hard worker.

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02/20/2017 01:02Author Jennifer Blum

Since taking advantage of the learning experiences he was offered at ODC’s training center in Wisconsin Rapids and...

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02/16/2017 02:02Author Jennifer Blum

No, it wasn’t “speed dating”… it was “speed interviewing”, and our Wisconsin Rapids Project SEARCH interns came away with some great feedback on interviewing for an employment position! 

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02/15/2017 02:02Author Jennifer Blum

When a local woman decided to make a big batch of her homemade mini cupcakes, she asked to use ODC’s commercial kitchen for her baking needs. 

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02/07/2017 10:02Author Jennifer Blum

Once a month, on a Thursday afternoon, Anisia, Amara and Monica make a special treat for the residents of Acorn Apartments in Wisconsin Rapids.

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02/01/2017 03:02Author Mary Blanchard

Most of us love our morning “joe”… so do we really need another reason to visit Biggby Coffee in Marshfield?

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01/30/2017 02:01Author Terry Kleyn

After over 13 years, Mary recently retired from her job at the United Way of Portage County. 

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01/24/2017 11:01Author Miranda Gregory

Bill worked for many years at Taco Bell as part of ODC’s Supported Employment Program. Unfortunately, he was laid off in early 2016 due to restructuring after a change in ownership. 

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01/18/2017 02:01Author Jennifer Blum

When ODC and Community Industries Corporation (CIC) became one organization on January 1st, not much changed that would be noticeable to the average community member.

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01/16/2017 08:01Author Miranda Gregory

ODC’s relationship with The Baltus Company goes back a long, long way. In the 1980’s, an ODC candidate was hired to work at their car wash… 

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01/11/2017 11:01Author Christina Eberhardt & Joan Korger

Much like ODC, Copps Food Center has been a part of our community for over 50 years. 

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01/09/2017 10:01Author Mary Blanchard

On December 19th, Matthew was offered a job. 

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01/03/2017 02:01Author Pam Ross

On January 1, 2017, ODC and Community Industries Corporation (CIC) made it official… we are now one organization!

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12/29/2016 10:12Author Susan Ferkey

Who doesn’t like a craft project? ODC’s wood division has rolled out a new product line – wood décor signs! 

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12/21/2016 09:12Author Jennifer Blum

Have you ever seen two people look so happy to be cleaning?

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12/19/2016 01:12Author Jennifer Blum

This sharp-dressed man is Wes, who trains full-time at ODC. But ODC’s goal is to not only connect individuals with work opportunities, but with the people, places and activities that make life more fulfilling… the “outside of work” part of our lives.

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12/15/2016 11:12Author Jennifer Blum

ODC’s 2016 Annual Awards Dinner was, once again, a night to remember! Fifteen Personal Achievement Award nominees were honored, as well as the three recipients of this award: Ben Tauschek, Trista Wolff and Jeff Micke.

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12/15/2016 08:12Author Jennifer Blum

“What can I do next?”

Those are words that are often heard from Ben by his employers and those for whom he volunteers. And everyone agrees… Ben is a real stand-out!

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12/13/2016 02:12Author Jennifer Blum

Jeff is a very humble man. When told that he was a recipient of the Personal Achievement Award, his response was one of disbelief… “Really?”, he said.

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12/12/2016 12:12Author Jennifer Blum

Trista felt very alone and trusted no one when she came to ODC. She had no self-confidence or sense of self-worth, and she was sure she was a failure.

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12/08/2016 11:12Author Jennifer Blum

Dustin has always taken his personal goals seriously.

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12/07/2016 01:12Author Jennifer Blum

On a Saturday in early 2011, Sam graduated from high school. The next Monday, he began a new journey at ODC… 

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12/05/2016 03:12Author Jennifer Blum

Those at ODC who have spent the past 11 years working with Brent describe his progress “by leaps and bounds”. 

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12/01/2016 08:12Author Jennifer Blum

Jessica is very proud of her job at Arborwood Lodge... as well she should be! 

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11/30/2016 10:11Author Jennifer Blum

Casey came to ODC right out of high school, a quiet, shy young man who was quite unsure of himself. That has most certainly changed…

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11/28/2016 11:11Author Jennifer Blum

Working at a library was Katie’s dream job. But when given that opportunity, Katie almost succumbed to the pressure of her fears and barriers.

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11/23/2016 08:11Author Jennifer Blum

Anna’s biggest barrier has never been her disability… it was her belief in herself. But as her confidence has grown, so has she grown as a person.

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11/21/2016 09:11Author Jennifer Blum

In 1979, when she was just 10 years old, Dawn was diagnosed with a stage 3 brain tumor. The cancer was ultimately cured, but it left Dawn with significant cognitive disabilities.

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11/17/2016 01:11Author Jennifer Blum

All it took was a little time, and a little patience. Since 2011, David has grown from a man who had a very hard time dealing with frustration in the workplace to one who is moving toward community employment.

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11/15/2016 11:11Author Jennifer Blum

Barb has participated in ODC’s supported employment services since 1998, when she started working at Hillers True Value. 

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11/10/2016 01:11Author Jennifer Blum

In November 2014, Amara came to ODC a bit shy and unsure. Just six months earlier, her mother had passed away and she had moved from her home in Florida to Wisconsin, to live with her father and step-mother.

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11/08/2016 11:11Author Jennifer Blum

When Andrew was referred to ODC, he was 14 years old. His drive to work was obvious, but he soon learned that there would have to be work on his part to reach that goal.

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11/03/2016 10:11Author Jennifer Blum

Nine years ago, Jennifer came to ODC as part of the Beginnings service, available to individuals with very significant behavioral or medical challenges. 

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11/01/2016 12:11Author Jennifer Blum

Mark has trained at ODC’s facility for 17 years. Despite many challenges, including anxiety and significant health issues, he has set his sights on community employment.

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10/27/2016 10:10Author Jennifer Blum

Each year, ODC honors individuals with disabilities who have overcome significant barriers and achieved outstanding personal goals in the workplace and the community.

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10/25/2016 01:10Author Jennifer Blum

Did you miss ODC’s Evening in Paris last week?

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10/20/2016 07:10Author Community Exploration Group

Last week, the Community Exploration Group, a part of ODC’s Day Services, had a guest speaker – Chuck Newman. The group was able to “go on an adventure” with Chuck...

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10/19/2016 10:10Author Jennifer Blum

When you love your job, you bring treats to the office! Colton did just that, leaving a message for his co-workers...

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10/11/2016 11:10Author Jennifer Blum

Why is Aaron grinning from ear to ear? He is now employed at...

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10/05/2016 01:10Author Jennifer Blum

ODC recently celebrated the life of a wonderful friend and colleague, Michael Coleman (Getsinger). Before his passing earlier this year, Michael had worked with ODC, both in the community and in the facility, since graduating from high school almost 27 years ago.

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10/03/2016 09:10Author Sherri Waid

How are you planning to observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)? 

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09/28/2016 01:09Author Felicia Gardner

Do you have an old TV or computer that you just want to get rid of but you just keep telling yourself that you'll deal with it later? Well, this weekend is the weekend! 

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09/22/2016 09:09Author Community Exploration Group

Last week, the Community Exploration Group, a part of ODC’s Day Services, went to visit the South Wood County Airport – Alexander Field. The group decided to take over the ODC blog to discuss their visit, in a new blog series called, "Exploring Our Community".

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09/21/2016 02:09Author Jennifer Blum

Sara’s journey has led her from ODC’s Day Services program, where she worked on her social skills and personal development, to work in the ODC center, where she became more confident in her abilities...

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09/20/2016 08:09Author Jennifer Blum

Attorney Jon Blum welcomed new hire Nichole to Duncan Disability Law in Nekoosa! 

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09/15/2016 02:09Author Heather Bailey

ODC's Hidden Creek Kitchen has expanded their homemade sweet treats menu, just in time for the holidays. 

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09/08/2016 08:09Author Pam Ross

In 2015, Opportunity Development Centers, Inc. (ODC) and Community Industries Corporation (CIC) both celebrated 50 years of serving the needs of individuals with disabilities. On September 8th, they announced a partnership as the two organizations prepare to become one.

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09/01/2016 09:09Author Jennifer Blum

Lack of confidence and fear of failure are common barriers to community employment for individuals with disabilities. Anna (center) was struggling with both, until ODC’s training and educational services helped her assess her interests and...

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08/31/2016 09:08Author Jennifer Blum

ODC’s Workplace Readiness service helps individuals with disabilities polish their “soft” skills, which are so important for employment success! Participants focus on communication, teamwork, professionalism and...

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08/30/2016 09:08Author Jennifer Blum

Volunteering is an integral part of ODC's new CommunityConnect service, which is designed to explore individuals’ interests and skills, build their independence and confidence in accessing the community, and connect...

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