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Dixie’s first day of work at The Meadows was a day of anxiety for me; I wanted her to be happy. I was waiting in the car when she came out of the door; there was a big smile on her face. I gave everything a thumbs-up for us.

She has worked at The Meadows for almost 16 years and looks forward to it every day. She, like the other workers, looks forward to payday.

The first day we visited, I was impressed with how clean, neat and orderly The Meadows was and continues to be.

I am thankful for the staff. As a parent, I know it takes someone special to work, help and teach our young people. I have always thought Dixie was safe and well cared for while at work.

We are both grateful for the friends we have made.
Betty Kuzma
The Meadows has been a wonderful, safe work place for our son Jeff. He has worked at The Meadows nine years this July 2008. 

Jeff has grown in independence, and confidence in accomplishing a variety of jobs. He also has learned teamwork and leadership, and has many friendships.

We, and Jeff, are very thankful for The Meadows, and what it offers. It is a blessing to the community and its clients. Its fine staff is to be commended.
Karan and Joe McDonald
My first introduction to The Meadows was at its conception. A student in my class at U.C.O. was a spokesman in opposition to the zoning for The Meadows. At that time, I ignored the whole situation, but little did I realize the impact The Meadows would have on our family. 

Our daughter, Leah, has worked at The Meadows for nearly twenty (20) years. She enjoys her work and looks forward to paydays. Her work ethic and discipline have surpassed our greatest expectations. The Meadows has given her a social life with many friends. She loves to spend part of her check eating out with friends. 

In our association with The Meadows, we have become friends with many people who appreciate The Meadows and work hard to help maintain its goals. The most important thing at The Meadows is the quality and caring staff. We never have to worry about Leah’s health and welfare while she is at work.

We appreciate The Meadows Board of Directors, Executive Director and the hands on staff. 
Loy and Ann Puffinbarger

LATEST NEWS


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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Mr. King

Michael Crawley - Friday, October 07, 2016

On a dreary, gray October afternoon, a light rain bounced off of Gabrielle’s umbrella as she stared at the simple headstone of Ryan King. There was a cross in each corner and centered underneath his name in bold lettering were just three words and two dates. As she studied it, she thought the simplicity of the inscription was hopelessly inadequate to explain an entire human life - but still she was glad that she had paid for the stone. At least there was some kind of recognition for a human being who had spent his final days on earth being ignored by everyone, including her. 
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A Gift of Compassion

Michael Crawley - Friday, September 16, 2016

The Meadows is an organization far different than most. We are a thriving small business that was established in 1983. With more than three thousand customers statewide, we have developed a strong reputation for our professionalism and for consistently providing the highest quality work possible. But it is not our commitment to offering first rate service and customer satisfaction that sets us apart. The reason our success has so much meaning is because of who we employ.  
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The Meadows
Center for Opportunity

1000 South Kelly
Edmond, Oklahoma
73003-6081

phone: 405.348.4470
fax: 405.340.5395