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Opportunity Development Centers, Inc

Who We Are

Opportunity Development Centers, Inc. both in Wisconsin Rapids and Marshfield, are private, not for profit organizations, which provide employment training, job placement, and other rehabilitative services to person's  with disabilities. The goal of ODC is to assist individuals in achieving their highest level of employment either within the facility or out in the community. With a variety of innovative programs we are able to assist with individual program planning, job modification and a holistic team approach by evaluating an individuals work skills and abilities. We believe that work enhances the quality of our lives, and we can provide the support and encouragement needed so that adults with disabilities can feel the satisfaction of being part of the workforce and earning a paycheck. For those individuals who are not interested in the work components of ODC, but still need daily structure and meaningful activity, we offer our Day Services Program. Individuals with in this program participate in variety of life enhancing activities in a relaxed, supportive, supervised atmosphere. They learn daily living skills such as cooking and housekeeping, and healthy living through exercise and nutrition, computer skills, and self-advocacy. Participants also have community outings and volunteer in the community.

What We Do

In 1965, a group of parents of adults with disabilities envisioned a workplace for their children that would create vocational opportunities, enhance self esteem, and serve as a path to greater independence. The vision became a reality when their efforts created the "South Wood County Sheltered Workshop" in Wisconsin Rapids. In 1970 they merged with the Marshfield Rehabilitation Workshop, Inc. to become Wood County Workshop, Inc. In 1975 the name was changed to Opportunity Development Centers, Inc to reflect the changes in programming. In 1965 ODC served 14 people with disabilities and in 2013 that number has grown to over 600. This number reflects persons served through a variety of programs available at both sites.