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At The Meadows Center for Opportunity, our commitment to the community extends beyond providing employment opportunities and training for developmentally disabled adults and offering high-quality, secure data destruction to our customers.  We believe that part of our mission is to practice responsible disposal methods that protect and preserve the environment.

We completely recycled destroyed paper documents.  When the paper is shredded, it is baled into bales weighing approximately 1,500-1,800 pounds.  These bales are sent to facilities around the nation to be reduced to pulp and used to produce recycled home paper goods.

How do our recycling efforts benefit the environment?

For each ton of paper we shred and recycle, between 17 and 31 trees are preserved.  However, the benefits of recycling extend beyond the conservation of trees.  Producing recycled paper is more energy efficient, requires fewer chemicals, and creates fewer pollutants than producing paper from wood fiber.

  • Paper mills use 40 percent less energy to make paper from recycled paper than from fresh lumber.
  • Paper mills generate most of their energy from waste wood, but recycling mills use on-site cogeneration facilities or purchase energy from local power companies.
  • Producing recycled paper requires fewer chemicals and bleaches that producing new paper.
  • Recycled paper is less polluting than paper made from wood fiber.

In addition to reducing waste and creating fewer pollutants, paper recycling is important for the conservation of natural materials, renewable resources, and energy.  Each ton of paper manufactured from recycled fibers rather than virgin fibers conserves: 

  • 7,000 Gallons of Water
  • 17 to 31 Trees
  • 4,000 KWh of Electricity
  • 60 Pounds of Air Pollutants

Recycling shredded paper produced from our data destruction services is an important part of our commitment to green solutions and eco-friendly business practices.

LATEST NEWS


Politics and Developmental Disabilities

Michael Crawley - Wednesday, September 06, 2017

The regrettable state of politics in our nation is a concern for all of us. Unfortunately, many people do not take the actions, or lack of action, by elected officials seriously – until it suddenly affects them personally. But if we allow ourselves to step back and look at the bigger picture, we can see that political decisions impact all of our lives in profound ways. 
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The Meadows 2017 Walk-A-Thon

Michael Crawley - Monday, August 28, 2017

Once again it is time for our annual Walk-A-Thon fundraiser. Each year we ask individuals, families, organizations, businesses, and corporations for their financial support to assist us in our ongoing mission to provide jobs for men and women who have developmental disabilities as well as other intellectual and physical challenges. 
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Inspiration Not Required

Michael Crawley - Friday, April 21, 2017

Because we employ individuals with developmental disabilities, the staff of the Meadows is frequently told that the work we do is “inspiring”. The people who pay us this particular compliment are just being kind. They mean well, and we appreciate that. However, the truth is, we are just average men and women who have chosen this field and who are doing our best to assist those with intellectual and physical challenges, while at the same time earning a pay check. We are nothing more or less. 
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The Good

Michael Crawley - Saturday, April 08, 2017

Each day, through our constant exposure to television, newspapers and social media, we are buried under an avalanche of bad news. From the moment we start our day, until we turn off the light at night, we endure an onslaught of negative stories about people hurting and mistreating each other in heartbreaking ways. We are steadily worn down by the worst behavior that mankind engages in, to the point where it becomes easy to believe that the world is an evil place and that there is little hope that we can change it - but that is not the truth.  
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The Eulogy

Michael Crawley - Friday, March 24, 2017

Even though the church was small, Reverend Hansen estimated it was less than half full. Only the immediate family and a few acquaintances had bothered to come together on this blustery January day to pay their last respects to Donald Phillips, a man who, during his eighty plus years of life, had survived a multitude of challenges that included being ignored and rejected by those around him.  
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A Gathering Place

Michael Crawley - Friday, March 10, 2017

The large room is located near the front of our facility. It has sixteen long tables and can comfortably seat sixty people. Mounted on a wall are three computer stations that are used to clock people in and out. On one side of the room there are eight microwaves, and on the other side is a water fountain. Three of the four walls are lined with lockers, but there are no locks because there is trust.  
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The Reality of Employment

Michael Crawley - Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Meadows Center for Opportunity was established in 1983 for the sole purpose of employing adults with developmental disabilities. It has been our privilege to work with many different men and women through the years, and we are honored that some of these individuals are still working with us, more than three decades later. 
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Fading Away

Michael Crawley - Saturday, November 26, 2016

Jim Haley pushed the doorbell for the third time, and guessed correctly that his sister was not wearing her hearing aids. He waited for a couple of seconds and then rapped forcefully on the door. After a few more moments he finally heard noise from inside. Slowly the door was unlocked and opened slightly. Jim watched with amusement as his sister’s face peeked out. 
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Unconditional Love

Michael Crawley - Sunday, November 13, 2016

Love is the most powerful force there is because it brings people together in a way that nothing else can. Without it, humanity could not survive. Fortunately, the world is blessed with many different types of love. There is the romantic attraction shared by two people. There is the affection that results from deep friendship. And there is the deep and abiding love that dwells in a family, particularly parental love for their children. All of these produce intense feelings that create a willingness to focus on someone else’s needs. 
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Brothers and Sisters

Michael Crawley - Friday, October 28, 2016

 
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The Meadows
Center for Opportunity

1000 South Kelly
Edmond, Oklahoma
73003-6081

phone: 405.348.4470
fax: 405.340.5395