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New Beginnings
Thursday, November 10, 2022

In a world filled with harsh judgment, cynicism, and intolerance, we all wish there was a place that made us feel respected and appreciated. Somewhere that treated us with dignity while allowing us to reach our potential and thrive.

The Meadows Center for Opportunity is such a place.

Since opening our doors in 1983, we have focused on hiring men and women with developmental disabilities and other intellectual and physical challenges. Many of these individuals were either denied the right to work, or they were unable to maintain jobs in the community. But fortunately, they found a home with us because we provide meaningful employment for adults who deserve to be valued not because of what they can or cannot do but for who they are.

That is why we have created an environment that fosters trust and goodwill. Under our roof, each individual is treated as a person – not as a diagnosis. These men and women are rightfully proud of their employment, and we make every possible effort to help them succeed. That includes adapting workstations and giving assistance and support as needed so that every person remains safe and comfortable.

Our facility is a place of discovery as new skills are developed in an uplifting atmosphere of encouragement. Positive reinforcement is used to temper any constructive guidance that is needed. Even if the outcome of a person’s attempt at a particular assignment is not what was hoped for, there is still valuable experience to be gained from their efforts that can be useful to them in the future.

As an individual slowly determines what skills and abilities they possess, we remain patient endeavoring to remove any feelings of pressure or anxiety which could hinder their ability to learn. It is our willingness to allow a person to progress at their own pace that sets The Meadows apart from other businesses that focus solely on results that affect their bottom line. Although we are a successful non-profit, that success is not achieved at the expense of our employees.

Additionally, we have a responsibility to the families of those we employ. We are humbled by the trust and faith they have in us. They depend on our staff and management to monitor the well-being of their loved ones at all times. And since the health of our workers is our primary concern, it’s a responsibility that governs our every decision and action.

Because of the employment and vocational training we offer, we are pleased to play a part in shattering the myth that people with developmental disabilities cannot work. We know this misconception has no basis in fact because each day, our employees demonstrate, beyond any doubt, that they can be productive citizens. And when these individuals have the chance to contribute, our society becomes more accepting and inclusive.

Every person with an intellectual challenge who passes through our doors richly blesses us in their own way. The satisfaction they experience when hired increases as they become proficient at their job. And as their employer, we also get to share the joy of their achievements and sense of accomplishment. It is our privilege to be a part of their growth and success.

That is why we intend to continue to serve the disability community by ensuring that The Meadows remains a place of new beginnings, where the dream of employment can become a reality.

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Personal Potential
Wednesday, October 26, 2022

In a vocational setting, potential is defined as having or showing the capacity to develop skills and abilities in the future. Happily, that is something we experience every day at The Meadows.

Because we employ adults with developmental disabilities and other intellectual and physical challenges, it is our responsibility to provide them with the opportunity to improve their existing skills while assisting them as they learn new vocational tasks.

Many of the people we hire have waited years, even decades, to earn a paycheck. So, because this is their first job, it takes time and patience to properly evaluate their capabilities. Of course, potential is unique to each of our employees. Every person has different strengths that deserve to be encouraged and supported.

Recognizing the potential in a worker requires us to make a fair assessment without preconceived notions. Just because someone has a particular challenge, we do not believe limitations should automatically be assumed. If there is an issue, it is addressed, and if modifications or adaptions are required, we make the necessary changes.

Obviously, a person will excel at some assignments while finding others more challenging. But in our system, there is work suitable for each individual. It is just a matter of determining what is appropriate.

That is why we never compare people. It’s not fair, and it is counterproductive to the positive environment we strive to create. A person should never feel pressured to perform as fast as someone else. We want an individual to work comfortably and steadily, and that cannot happen if they feel compelled to set a pace that is not sustainable.

But employment for men and women with developmental disabilities means more than just having a job. It helps them grow as a person. They take on more responsibility and learn the value of being part of a team. They set goals and strive to achieve them. The interactions they have with coworkers and customers improve their social skills. Their sense of belonging increases their self-esteem and gives them confidence.

And to ensure those positive qualities remain a part of their lives, we provide long-term job security. As our employees age, additional health issues can occur that might make a difference in what they can accomplish. However, we believe that just because someone’s proficiency at their job is altered, it does not mean they have any less right to work. Adjustments can be made, and expectations can be revised. If their safety is not compromised, employment should not be denied to someone just because their health has changed.

Every person with a developmental disability deserves to reach their potential. There can be no exceptions. All of society benefits when everyone is allowed to achieve what they can, accomplish what they are capable of, and make the maximum contribution possible.

It is unacceptable if men and women with intellectual challenges do not receive the opportunities they deserve. An individual can have tremendous potential, but that’s all it will ever be if they are not allowed to develop it.

Over the last 40 years, it has been our privilege to watch the incredible transformations that have taken place in people’s lives, all because someone believed in them and gave them a chance.

In the future, the mission of The Meadows will remain unchanged. We will continue to employ adults with intellectual disabilities so that they have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

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The Meadows 2022 Walk-A-Thon
Wednesday, September 14, 2022

It’s the 40th anniversary of The Meadows WALK-A-THON, and we invite you to celebrate with us!!! This year our fundraiser will be held at Mitch Park in Edmond, Oklahoma, on Saturday, October 22nd at 10:00 a.m.

Our goal is to raise $55,000.00. The money will assist with operational needs, upgrades in equipment, and all necessary improvements to maintain the safety and well-being of the men and women we are privileged to employ. These funds will allow us to continue to offer the highest quality of service to our more than 2,500 customers statewide who trust us with their secure data destruction needs.

Over the last four decades, the mission of The Meadows has never wavered. We provide meaningful employment and vocational training in a safe and supportive environment for adults with developmental disabilities and other intellectual and physical challenges.

To give you a clear picture of why our fundraiser is so important, we would like to introduce you to some of the people we employ.

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This person has a limited range of motion in their arms and legs and visual impairment. However, these challenges do not affect their work ethic. The passion they have for their job is evident in the effort they make. This individual has a developmental disability.

This person has seizures that often leave them feeling exhausted and vulnerable. However, each day they continue to persevere at their assigned tasks despite knowing that a medical situation could occur at any moment. This individual has epilepsy.

This person spent years in an institution, but they have transitioned to living in a group home in the community. They view their successful employment as a vital part of the independence they now enjoy. This individual has a developmental disability.

This person has challenges with their motor skills, balance, and vision. However, they do not let those issues deter them from staying focused. All necessary adjustments have been made to their work environment to ensure their comfort and safety. This individual had a brain tumor.

This person prefers to be up and moving around as they do their job. They tend to perform rapidly and with great intensity. They interact with others by communicating in repetitive phrases that make them feel comfortable. This individual has autism.

This person utilizes hearing aids and assistive devices to help with their mobility. Together, these appliances facilitate their participation at work and permit them to achieve a high level of productivity. This individual has a developmental disability.

This person embraces their daily assignments with tremendous enthusiasm. They are a bundle of energy, always striving for improvement. Having overcome the effects of a stroke earlier in life, they delight in having a job. This individual has Downsyndrome.

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These are just a few of our extraordinary employees who are now living their best life.

Each weekday they come to work and perform their assigned duties to the best of their abilities. Having that opportunity allows them to earn a paycheck and helps them reach their full potential while providing them with a deep sense of fulfillment.

The accomplishments of our employees are the direct result of their perseverance, determination, and desire for excellence. The fact that they need assistance and support makes no difference. It does not diminish the effort they put forth or the results they achieve.

As we look toward the future, it is critically important that our nonprofit continues to offer adults with intellectual and physical challenges the chance to experience the dignity of work.

We hope you will consider making a positive difference in the lives of these deserving men and women and their families.

If you would like to support us with a donation, you may use a credit card or PayPal through our website at https://www.meadowsoklahoma.com/. At the top of the page, click DONATE, or you may mail a check to The Meadows Center for Opportunity, 1000 S. Kelly Ave, Edmond, OK, 73003.

Thank you.

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Dreams Come True
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

At 6:00 a.m. the alarm goes off. Hoping to put off the inevitable, you reach over and push the snooze button. However, you realize you’re not going back to sleep because your mind is quickly consumed by all of the reasons you don’t want to go to work.

You stare at the ceiling and think about how much you dislike your job. The commute, your coworkers and the tasks that lay ahead of you combine to create an impending sense of dread. After another minute or two, you realize there is no point in putting it off. You might as well get up and face another pointless day. 

Sadly, that is the way some people start each morning. For them, having a job is a source of continuing unhappiness. Because they can’t seem to find work that is fulfilling, many of them change jobs frequently, constantly searching for something better. Others are locked into long-term careers leaving them feeling trapped with no hope of escaping their particular situation. In either case, work becomes nothing more than drudgery.

Because they only focus on the negative, they fail to appreciate that there are countless individuals who desperately want exactly what they have. These are people who would give anything to face the challenges of a job that others consider to be a burden.

Unfortunately, too many men and women with developmental disabilities will never be given the opportunity to work. For them, having a job is a dream that always seems to be just out of reach.

These are people who are judged solely by their appearance, the way they move, or the way they speak. Perhaps they use a walker or wear leg braces. Maybe they have vision or hearing issues. Possibly they cannot stand for long periods. These are challenges they live with every day of their lives - but for potential employers, each one is used as a convenient excuse to turn them away without even giving them a chance.

To face rejection because of something you have absolutely no control over is unfair and unjust. It is not right that a person should have to struggle to overcome the misconceptions of others.

Regrettably, a significant percentage of the business community is still reluctant to institute changes or make necessary accommodations to assist someone so they can be employed. They’re unwilling to offer the support, guidance or additional training that a particular individual might need. They cannot see past the challenges and appreciate the humanity of the person.

But they should never lose sight of the fact that a disability can occur at any point in life. In an instant, they could be involved in an accident or experience a medical crisis that would leave them with a permanent intellectual or physical challenge.

From that moment on, their employment opportunities would be influenced by the way others saw their disability. There would be a tendency to define them by what was viewed as their “perceived” limitations. They would no longer be seen as a complete person. In other people’s eyes they would now be “different”, and for that reason, they would be considered unemployable.

That is the barrier to the job market faced by hundreds of thousands of men and women with developmental disabilities, and it is where our organization enters the picture.

The Meadows Center for Opportunity is a nonprofit whose prime objective is to offer employment to the very people that others refuse to consider hiring. We believe that having a disability should not be used as a reason to automatically exclude a person from the workforce.

For thirty-seven years it has been our mission to hire adults with intellectual and physical challenges. Because so many of these individuals have been forced to wait for the chance to have a job, when the opportunity finally arrives, they commit themselves to do the best they possibly can. Their work ethic is admirable. Eager to learn and willing to attempt new tasks, each person takes great pride in their accomplishments as they consistently strive to reach their potential.

Throughout the years, the individuals we’ve hired have proven over and over again to be outstanding employees in every way - which makes it difficult to understand why so many businesses remain reluctant to utilize this amazing resource.

These adults want to work - and, more importantly, they deserve to work.

So, the next time the alarm goes off, please remember that you are blessed to be employed. And if, for some reason, your current job does not pan out, rest assured that you will always have the opportunity to find other work.

But, unfortunately, that is not true for people with intellectual challenges.

Until society changes its attitude, there will continue to be a crucial need for organizations like the Meadows to provide meaningful jobs to individuals who have been unfairly left behind.

That is why we feel privileged each time we are able to hire a man or woman with a developmental disability and make that person’s dream of employment come true.

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The Business of Trust
Tuesday, February 18, 2020

In the business world, long-term success can be elusive, but the Meadows has been able to achieve it because of just one word: TRUST.

Those five letters have been our guide for the past thirty-seven years, and they will remain our objective going forward. Because in the same way that trust is critical in personal relationships, it is also crucial in business relationships.

The true importance of trust can be measured by the fact that it is not freely given. It has to be earned every day. In our case, it’s the result of being honest, reliable, and dependable. In every situation, we consistently do our best to meet or exceed all expectations.

Of course, in any business relationship, it takes time to establish a bond of mutual respect. On the other hand, a breach of trust can happen in an instant. That is why we remain ever vigilant in our efforts to deserve the trust that is placed in us. 

As you may know, our nonprofit employs men and women with developmental disabilities. Hiring these individuals is why our organization was created. It has always been and will continue to be our mission to provide meaningful employment for people who deserve the opportunity to reach their potential in life.

But as we carry out that mission, it is necessary for us to generate revenue. Because we receive a minimum of financial support from the state and federal government, it is imperative that we provide a service that companies, organizations, and individuals need and value.

In our case, data destruction is the core of our business. Currently, more than 3000 customers statewide depend on the Meadows to destroy their sensitive material. Our secure process guarantees that all data is safe-guarded from receipt to destruction. The shredded paper is then recycled making the entire process eco-friendly.

However, being successful in this particular area of commerce is contingent on having the trust of those we do business with. Our ability to maintain such a large and diverse customer base is the direct result of the level of security we provide. The Meadows offers protection that is vital when dealing with confidential material. Government offices, medical facilities, commercial banks, educational institutions and many types of organizations choose to utilize our services.

Obviously, there is competition in this market. But, ultimately, our customers continue to use us for their shredding needs because they know that protecting their sensitive information is always our number one priority.

But our commitment to being trustworthy is not exclusive to the way we do business. That same level of trust exists with the men and women we employ. Beyond the intellectual, physical, and emotional challenges they live with, many have additional complex health issues that require constant monitoring to ensure their personal safety and well-being at all times. That is a level of trust that requires us to accept even greater responsibility.

For many of our employees, this is the first job they’ve ever had - which means it’s a new experience for their families as well. Although it is not easy for them to let go, each weekday, parents, siblings, and guardians place tremendous trust in us to care for their loved ones.

That is why, for the benefit of our customers and our workers, we have endeavored, with resolve and purpose, to develop a reputation throughout the state for an uncompromising focus on quality, customer service and, most importantly, people.

From the way we conduct business, to the way we support the incredible men and women we proudly employ, all of our relationships are all built on a solid foundation of trust.

Whether you are an individual, organization, or a business, we hope that if you ever need secure data destruction, you will consider giving the Meadows the chance to earn your trust.

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A Meaningful Job
Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Employment is a crucial part of every person’s life. Obviously, the financial reward for working is necessary to sustain ourselves - but, in reality, being employed is much more than that.

Most of us identify with our jobs. And, whether it’s right or wrong, other people form at least part of their opinion about us based on the kind of work we do. When you consider that employment occupies a major portion of our lives, its significance cannot be denied.

This is just as true for individuals with developmental disabilities. They want to have a meaningful job that will allow them to reach their potential. But before that can happen, they have to be given the opportunity to work.

That is why our nonprofit exists. We offer employment and vocational training to men and women with intellectual and physical challenges. These are individuals who, through no fault of their own, are frequently overlooked in the job market.

Unfortunately, these adults are typically judged by their diagnosis rather than by their humanity. Too often, potential employers fail to see past the particular challenges that an individual has.

But the Meadows is different. Because we value the worth of every person regardless of their disability, we’re committed to providing a safe and positive environment while delivering the support needed so they can perform their jobs to the best of their ability.

For the men and women, we proudly employ, work is far more than just a way to earn money. It gives them a sense of inclusion. It provides purpose, and it allows them to discover abilities that they never knew they had.

The fact that these adults are successfully employed is an example of what people with developmental disabilities can accomplish. The general public gets to see first-hand the quality of their work, and the entire community benefits.

Of course, there are many types of employment. Some jobs are uplifting and some can be drudgery. Just because there is a paycheck attached to a particular activity doesn’t magically bestow it with meaning for the person who has to carry it out.

Individuals with developmental disabilities want to spend their day engaged in tasks that challenge them and build their confidence. They want to have goals they can strive for. They want to be part of an organization where they are valued.

Our nonprofit meets all of those criteria. The men and women who work with us, earn the respect of their coworkers and our customers. As they progress and gain experience, they attempt increasingly complex assignments. Each step of the way, they’re given the instruction and assistance needed to become proficient at their jobs.

However, it is important to understand that employment for adults in our organization is not what the public is accustomed to. Work requires a deeper level of focus when you can only use one hand. Tasks take on a different perspective when mobility and balance issues must be addressed to ensure a person’s safety. Mastering vocational skills become more complicated when dealing with short term memory loss or sensory issues. And the difficulty of maintaining your concentration is magnified when you are at risk of having a seizure at any moment. 

And yet, these are the types of challenges our employees deal with every day.

But despite the fact that such circumstances are an irreversible part of their lives, these men and women take great satisfaction in their jobs. They are eager to come to work because they know their efforts will be acknowledged and appreciated.

Too often positive feedback has been lacking in their lives. That’s why, for a person who has been repeatedly discouraged in their efforts to find steady employment, eventually being hired has tremendous meaning for them and their families.

It is not by accident that the name of our nonprofit explains our mission.

We are the Meadows Center for Opportunity, and it is our privilege to work with such incredible men and women.

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A New Decade of Service
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Although there is much debate over whether 2020 or 2021 is the start of the next decade, for our purposes, we are going to look out over the next ten years starting January 1, 2020.

As the calendar changes, it is the perfect time to reflect on the future of the Meadows. Although long-range planning is always subject to change when difficulties and unexpected situations arise, we believe that being prepared and remaining flexible will allow us to traverse the ups and downs of common economic cycles.

Since our organization’s inception in 1983, our growth has, thankfully, been steadily on the rise. We certainly expect that to continue, and we look forward to the next ten years with both hope and confidence.

The need for our shredding business continues to grow and because we provide excellent service at an affordable price, we expect to not only maintain our share of that market but to also increase it.

But the importance of the Meadows is measured by far more important criteria than numbers on a financial statement. As a non-profit, we are focused at all times on having a positive impact, and we believe in the coming decade the Meadows will be of service in three specific areas.

  • We will continue our mission of offering meaningful employment and vocational training to men and women with developmental disabilities. Throughout our history, we have provided jobs for these deserving adults, and that is not going to change. We are proud of our employees who’ve worked so hard to reach their potential, and we appreciate the support their families have shown for the Meadows. These families are partners with us in every sense of the word, and we would not enjoy the success we’ve achieved without them.

  • We will continue to meet the needs of our customers around the state. Their loyal support over the years has made it possible for us to grow our business and develop a reputation for quality and dependability. We believe the coming decade will present the Meadows with additional opportunities to deliver secure data destruction to an even broader range of businesses and organizations who need a company they can trust to provide fast, efficient service at an affordable cost.

  • We will continue to honor our responsibility to contribute to the community in a meaningful way. We have always set an example for the employment of individuals with intellectual and physical challenges. When the public comes into our facility, or when they interact with our employees who come to their places of business to pick up data for shredding, they witness firsthand the work ethic of our employees. They see what these individuals are capable of, and it is that kind of positive experience that changes opinions and opens minds.

Obviously, the decade ahead will hold difficult challenges, many of them unforeseen at this time. However, the Meadows is well-positioned to capitalize on opportunities as they develop and to overcome any challenges that may occur.

Our strength is, first and foremost, the incredible men and women we are privileged to employ. It is their desire to excel that allows our business to thrive. Additionally, our dedicated staff is committed to the success of our organization. They work alongside our employees offering support and always striving to achieve the best possible results in our business endeavors.

Behind the scenes, we are fortunate to be blessed with a gifted management team and an experienced board of directors. Their passion for the mission of the Meadows will continue to guide our organization through the day to day operations that ultimately make the difference between success or failure.

For all of these reasons, we believe the coming decade will be one of prosperity and accomplishment. We look forward to tackling the challenges that we know will come because we have complete confidence in our team.

You are invited to follow along and stay engaged with us. Our non-profit depends on the support of caring people who believe in what our organization represents and the principals we stand for.

We wish all of you a safe and Happy New Year!

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The Truth
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

It is an undeniable fact that human beings have always been willing to pass judgment and jump to conclusions about people who they believe are different from them. Unfortunately, this is particularly true when it comes to individuals with developmental disabilities.

These negative perceptions occur because we allow our emotions to guide our thinking instead of seeking the truth which can require effort and an open mind. Consequently, we are quick to label people with challenges and to categorize them for our own convenience. We fail to understand that no two people are the same and that each individual has their own personality and character. But we are, unfortunately, eager to form an opinion about their life without knowing a thing about them.


Here are five common situations that we are all familiar with. In each case, you encounter a person you think cannot possibly be a productive member of society.

You are shopping at the mall when two individuals walk past you. Suddenly one of them collapses with a seizure. You watch in shock as the convulsions run their course. Certain that the person lives in terror with the knowledge that a seizure could occur at any moment, you feel great sympathy for them. You assume their quality of life is compromised and that because of their epilepsy they cannot accomplish anything of significance.

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You are eating at a restaurant when a person comes in with another adult. You can’t help but stare as they follow their hostess to their table. The individual has partial paralysis on one side of their body and there is visible scarring that indicates that they have endured multiple surgeries. The person walks with a pronounced limp, and you can see that their arm is immobile. You can’t imagine how they make it through the day living with those kinds of issues.

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You are waiting to check out at the store. The individual in front of you is trying to communicate with the cashier, but their speech is extremely difficult to understand. The people behind you become impatient as the person struggles to convey their thoughts to the cashier who just wants them to move along and get out of the way. You feel great pity for the individual as you wonder what kind of “affliction” could’ve caused their inability to communicate clearly.

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You are in line to buy a ticket for a movie when an individual standing with their mother becomes agitated about something. Very quickly the person’s behavior escalates and they begin to yell as they lose control of their emotions. Their mother tries to help them calm down, but she is not successful in getting the person to relax. You and others watch with silent disapproval as you harshly judge her lack of parenting skills for allowing this to happen in public.

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You are waiting for an elevator. The doors open and a person carefully steps out pushing a walker. Their balance is precarious and their legs seem stiff and rigid. It is obvious that they would not be able to walk without the assistive device. You suspect their life is limited in countless ways because of their lack of mobility, and you can’t help thinking it would be better for them to stop trying to walk altogether and to just use a wheelchair.

What do these five people have in common?...... Yes, they each have a disability. Yes, it affects certain areas of their lives, and yes, their diagnosis is often used to unfairly define them. But what might surprise you is one other thing that they have in common. Something positive. Something meaningful. Something that deserves to be acknowledged.

All of these individuals are successfully employed at the Meadows.

Along with almost forty other men and women with intellectual challenges, these five individuals work each day at a variety of jobs that not only provide them with a hard-earned paycheck but also build self-esteem and self-confidence. They learn vocational skills, but, even more importantly, they are given every opportunity to reach their personal potential.

But when these same individuals go out in public, people rush to judge them based on nothing more than appearances. That kind of narrow-mindedness is unfair and unjust.

Obviously, there is an important lesson that must be learned.

When we encounter a person with an intellectual, physical or emotional challenge, we should treat them just like we would anyone else. They deserve to be understood and accepted for who they are as a person. They deserve to be treated with dignity. They deserve to be respected.

The men and women we proudly employ are perfect examples of what people with developmental disabilities can achieve in a positive work setting that offers support and encouragement.

The truth is simple. Every person, regardless of what their challenges happen to be, has the right to live their best life.

That is what our employees do every day.


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Why The Meadows Matters
Monday, November 11, 2019

In a world where men and women with developmental disabilities are too often ignored and forgotten, or marginalized on the fringes of society, the Meadows is an organization where they can find a home.

Our nonprofit is a place where these adults are welcomed and accepted for who they are. They quickly discover their work environment is designed specifically to help them reach their potential. Individuals learn vocational tasks along with interpersonal skills and enjoy a level of socialization many have never had.

The results of employment are quickly evident as we witness amazing transformations in people who come out of their shells and reveal their true personalities. Families often tell us that even after being at the Meadows for just a brief time, their loved one seems like a different person.

Working and earning a paycheck helps an individual develop a feeling of self-worth, and they become more independent and willing to accept responsibilities that were once considered out of reach.

Building on small successes leads to the confidence to attempt bigger more complex jobs. With patience and the proper support, our employees often achieve far more than they ever dreamed was possible. The satisfaction they feel when they accomplish a task that required perseverance and dedication is deeply rewarding.

But to have that kind of personal success, they first have to be given the chance to work. The role of the Meadows is to offer employment to individuals who need adaptions and supports that other businesses are unwilling to provide. That means we are prepared to deal with a complete range of challenges including intellectual, physical, and emotional issues.

The latter is a particular concern that other employers choose to avoid. But we have found that with patience and the proper guidance, a person can learn to adjust their frustrations and anger into more positive forms of energy that allow them to go through their day without any undue stress or anxiety.

For the men and women who work with us, there is no pressure to perform. They progress at their own pace. They soon discover that making mistakes is part of the learning process and nothing to be feared. That would not be the case in many other jobs.

No one is ever reduced to a list of symptoms, characteristics, or behaviors. They are never compared to others, No one is labeled in broad terms for the sake of convenience because no two people are alike. Each individual is treated like the unique person they are.

The adults we hire take great pride in being employed and typically respond with dedication and commitment. Each day, they give their best effort and, in so doing, they expand the parameters of what is possible for them - and that is the result we are looking for.

Without services like ours, too many people with developmental disabilities would continue to spend their days trapped at home not having the chance to learn and develop new skills and abilities. When that occurs, it’s a loss for everyone. 

We want their employment to open up a world that was previously denied to them because we know that kind of powerful experience will have a lasting impact on them and their families.

It is the desire to see our employees succeed that drives every decision we make. No matter what the situation happens to be, the prime consideration is whether or not it will have a positive effect on our workers. We have structured our business in a way that allows us to ensure that the adults we proudly employ have everything they need to thrive in a work setting.

That is why our organization exists, and why we will always operate in a way that benefits them.

It is certainly our hope that the time will come when every person, no matter what their challenges, is considered a candidate to work in the community – but until that point is reached, we will remain an important option for employment.

The Meadows Center for Opportunity matters because we give deserving men and women the chance to change their lives. 


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It Is Not Too Late!
Thursday, October 24, 2019

The Meadows annual Walk-A-Thon, held on Saturday, October 12th, was a tremendous success, and we want to thank everyone who participated.

But there is even more good news!

Fortunately, it’s not too late for you to donate to our fundraiser. You still have time to make a contribution that will help our organization change lives.

The Meadows Center for Opportunity offers employment and vocational training for men and women with developmental disabilities and other intellectual and physical challenges. As a nonprofit, we depend on this fundraiser to help offset operational costs, to make improvements to our facility, and to upgrade our equipment.

Your support is crucial in our efforts to provide work for people who are too often overlooked in the job market. They are frequently denied the chance to earn a paycheck, and, most importantly, they are not given the opportunity to reach their potential.

Thankfully, our employees realize that we appreciate and value them not for what they can do but for who they are as people. These individuals are committed, dedicated and eager to learn. Their work ethic is admirable. They take pride in their jobs, and it shows in the results our business achieves. 

Thousands of customers around the state know they can depend on the Meadows to deliver prompt professional service. They trust our organization for the secure data destruction of their sensitive material. Their long-term loyalty reflects the quality of work that we consistently provide.

That is why this time of year is so important to us. We need your financial assistance so our employees can continue to experience the dignity of work.

Each time a person with a developmental disability is successfully employed, it’s an achievement that deserves to be acknowledged.

That is particularly true of the adults in our organization. Because many of them have serious on-going health issues, our work environment is structured in a way that allows us to continuously monitor their activities and to respond immediately should any problems occur.

So, even if individuals have frequent seizures, require assistive devices for mobility, have limited vision, or partial paralysis - our staff has the proper training to make sure that each person’s needs are met and that they can safely and comfortably do their jobs.

But no matter what their personal challenges happen to be, the positive attitudes of our employees clearly reveal their inner strength and character. Each day they demonstrate courage, perseverance, and a sense of responsibility as they perform a variety of vocational tasks to the best of their ability.

We could not be prouder of the men and women who work with us, and we believe their employment is a cause worth supporting.

If you agree, please consider making a financial contribution to the Meadows so that we can continue our mission of providing meaningful work in a safe and supportive setting for individuals who deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.   

You can use the DONATE BUTTON at the top of the page or you are welcome to contact our office at 405-348-4470.

Thank you!

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