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LATEST NEWS


Employment Choice

Michael Crawley - Tuesday, April 26, 2016

In recent years there has been a concerted effort, which is long overdue, to ensure that people with developmental disabilities are given every opportunity for full inclusion in all areas of society, including employment. There is now legislation being put in place which stresses that individuals with intellectual challenges must have more choices in their employment options. We certainly agree that is a desirable outcome. 
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A Gift

Michael Crawley - Saturday, April 09, 2016

The frail elderly woman sat in her favorite chair next to the window. Shafts of sunlight streamed in as her eighty-three year old hands lovingly sewed her latest baby quilt. Joan had been making them for almost sixty years now, and as long as she was physically able to keep putting together the beautiful colors and patterns she did not intend to stop.  
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Thankful

Michael Crawley - Sunday, March 27, 2016

I have been writing this blog for almost three years now. During that time I have tried, with only a few exceptions, not to focus on myself. We have so many people, particularly our employees and their families, that provide such wonderful ideas and material to work with that there is always an abundance of interesting topics to explore. But just this once I want to explain how thankful I feel to be working at the Meadows. 
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The Teachers

Michael Crawley - Sunday, March 13, 2016

Because the Meadows is a vocational setting, our focus is on training people with developmental disabilities to provide them with the job skills they need to be successful. However, because of the complex needs of the individuals we work with, it is impossible not to connect with them on a much deeper level. And it is that rich interaction that allows us to see life from their perspective and to understand that perhaps the way they see the world is a beautiful lesson in being human.    
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The Only Life

Michael Crawley - Sunday, February 21, 2016

A petite woman named Caroline sat alone against the back wall of the large room. The party was in full swing, but no one came near her. In fact people rarely even glanced in her direction. It was as if she was invisible. Everyone else was talking and laughing, engaged in animated conversations. There was music playing and couples were dancing. On the far side of the room there were several long tables covered with a wide variety of refreshments and people were eagerly filling their plates. But Caroline remained completely alone sitting in the new dress she had bought the week before.   
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Lights In The Darkness

Michael Crawley - Sunday, February 07, 2016

Someone I did not know has died. So why does it matter to me? 
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Our Customers

Michael Crawley - Sunday, January 24, 2016

The Meadows Center for Opportunity is a non-profit foundation that offers employment and vocational training to men and women with developmental disabilities and other intellectual and physical challenges. Our mission is to provide the opportunity for adults to work in a safe and supervised setting where they can maximize their existing strengths and abilities while they learn new skills that can benefit them in the future.  

For more than three decades our organization has been blessed with consistent success, due in large part to the incredible loyalty of our customers. They have been unwavering in their support of our efforts to make a difference through meaningful employment. We could not be a positive force for people with disabilities without their help.  

Some of our customers use us specifically because of the individuals we hire. They want to be part of something that adds value to the community and that plays an important role in the lives of people who are often marginalized. Others use our services because of the exceptionally high quality of our work and our affordable pricing structure, but no matter what their motivation, we are extremely grateful for each of the more than 3,000 customers statewide who choose the Meadows for their secure data destruction.   

Obviously their patronage gives us the ability to ensure that our employees receive a steady paycheck, but it provides so much more than just financial stability. It also gives adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to be successful which builds their self-esteem and self-confidence. It gives them a sense of acceptance as they work as part of a team for a common goal. It allows them to experience the dignity of work. 

The businesses, government agencies, schools, medical facilities, law firms and other organizations that use us for their shredding needs are truly partners in our mission to change lives. Without their ongoing support we would not be able maintain our commitment to hire people who are frequently ignored in the job market, but who sincerely want to work - and have the right to work.

The individuals we employ have achieved and accomplished far more than many believed was possible, and our customers deserve a great deal of the credit for acting on their conviction that adults with intellectual challenges deserve to work. Their continuing support allows our organization to consistently maintain a standard of excellence that is the direct result of the amazing efforts of our employees.

The jobs that our customers help to provide are an important part of the lives of those who are among the most vulnerable in our society. These men and women take great pride in having the opportunity to reach their maximum potential. Their complete dedication in doing their work correctly and efficiently gives us the flexibility to meet deadlines and to adjust to any other special requirements that might be needed.  

Over the years some of our customers have also made contributions to our annual fundraiser, which typically generates between $50,000 and $60,000 dollars. That money is used to purchase new equipment and to upgrade our facility so that we can continue to provide the most professional service possible. We are grateful for the corporate compassion they show in their ongoing commitment to the individuals we employ.   

Unfortunately it is quite easy for a business to think of their customers as faceless non-human entities and vice versa. But in reality, both sides of the transaction are composed of a diverse collection of people all sharing the same hopes, dreams and aspirations. What is different about those who choose to do business with us is their ability to see the humanity of the individuals we employ. They understand that every person should be accepted for who they are, without judgment, regardless of the particular issues they face. They realize that adults with developmental disabilities deserve to have the opportunity to succeed and should not be denied that chance because of a diagnosis. And they believe they have a responsibility to organizations like ours who are providing the structure necessary to allow people with intellectual challenges to achieve their very best.

Through their willingness to embrace the beauty and power of diversity, and by providing the dignity and respect that people with disabilities deserve, our clientele set a powerful example for others to follow.   

On behalf of our management team, our staff and the incredible men and women we employ, the Meadows would like to express our deepest thanks and sincerest appreciation to our customers for supporting our mission through the years.

We look forward to working together in the future.

 
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A Celebration of Life

Michael Crawley - Saturday, January 02, 2016

Friday, August 29, 2014 was another in a series of hot days in the Southwest region of the nation. The fun of summer had come and gone, but the heat lingered. Unfortunately the cloudless sky offered no escape from the relentless sunlight that seemed to intensify as the morning wore on. Weather wise, today was much like the previous one, however for seven human beings, and their families, this would be a day unlike any other.    
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Memories

Michael Crawley - Saturday, December 19, 2015

Memories are our most prized possessions. They are an accounting of the milestones that have shaped our lives, allowing us to relive the most important moments. The births, the graduations and the weddings are all stored in our minds to be treasured. Each memory is an important part of the collective evidence of the life we’ve led. They are a mental transcript of all the experiences that make up our past, but most importantly, our memories keep us close to those we’ve lost.  
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A Diagnosis

Michael Crawley - Saturday, December 05, 2015

Every parent can clearly remember the exact moment they received the diagnosis that their child had an intellectual challenge. It is a point that alters your life because nothing will ever be the same. The diagnosis changes everything, for everyone, forever. A person can never go back to the life they had before they were given the news.   
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The Meadows
Center for Opportunity

1000 South Kelly
Edmond, Oklahoma
73003-6081

phone: 405.348.4470
fax: 405.340.5395