The Opportunity Center has been recognized with a quarterly Outstanding Service Provider award by ContinuUs, formerly Southwest Family Care Alliance, for the excellent quality of service it provides for adults with disabilities.
Since 1965, the Opportunity Center has been creating opportunities for people with disabilities to develop their full potential in society.
According to Ashley Trautsch, a Prairie du Chien area ContinuUs supervisor, the Opportunity Center was nominated and chosen for the award for many reasons.
“Their huge advantage is the advocation that comes from here. They do a great job of getting the clients out into the community. And their job development program has helped to get clients off the work floor and into community employment,” Trautsch said. “They have many staff who are long-term here, and they are great at troubleshooting what’s best for each individual member and his or guardians. They specifically include the members in decisions about their long-term plans. They do a great job overall.”
Sheila Swatek, a case manager who has worked at the Opportunity Center for 41 years, since the organization’s current facility was built on North State Street in Prairie du Chien, proudly spoke about why her employer is deserving of this recent award.
“We try to provide what they want us to provide, along with doing what’s best for our clients,” Swatek commented. “I really enjoy being around the clients. They work so hard and are so proud of what they do. We give them a reason to get up and get going every morning.”