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FREE Community Fair at REM Ohio’s Opportunities Center

UPublish story by Crystal Brodzenski

PORT CLINTON, OHIO – REM Ohio announced today that they will be holding a free community fair at their newest Opportunities Center, located at 2026 C East Harbor Drive in Port Clinton on, Thursday, January 24th from 2:00p.m. to 5:00p.m. The 3,000 square foot center offers adults with developmental disabilities placement in either their vocational or recreational program. The Opportunities staff and participants are looking forward to meeting members of the Port Clinton community, including the President of the Port Clinton Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber President is set to be a part of the ribbon cutting ceremony, scheduled promptly at 2:30 pm. 

All members of the community are welcome to join in the celebration, free of charge. This celebratory event will also feature entertainment, fun activities to experience and delicious refreshments. The free community fair will also feature tours of the new Center as well as an opportunity to meet and interact with our staff.

“This event will give everyone in the community a fun and unique entertainment option during the cold, winter months,” says Stacy Tweto, REM Ohio Program Director. “This will also provide an opportunity for us to showcase our center and make the community aware of our innovative services for adults with developmental disabilities.”

The Opportunities Vocational Center offers a variety of education and work experience in small focus groups. The objective and goals are aligned to assist enrolled participants in acquiring needed vocational skills in the pursuit of community employment. In addition, supported employment participants, commonly referred to as “The Crew”, provide a real opportunity and paycheck. “The Crew” at our Port Clinton Opportunities Center complete data entry and billing tasks, which furthers their independence within the local community.

The Opportunities Social Center, which is conveniently located at the shared address, offers a customized itinerary of both community and on-site education and recreation events. Each participant’s unique interests are thoughtfully solicited on an ongoing basis. From this information, multiple special interest groups, clubs, and friendships are formed.

The Opportunities Center also announced that they will be opening their doors to the community at large. Adults with developmental disabilities can participate in a complementary “Try It Free for a Day” and are welcome to join in the fun and activities. Appointments can be made for this complimentary day by contacting the Opportunities Center.

Individuals interested in scheduling a “Try it Free for a Day” or learning more about the Opportunities Center are invited to contact the REM Ohio office by calling 419.732.0113 or by visiting www.rem-oh.com.

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About REM Ohio

REM Ohio provides an array of high-quality services for people with developmental disabilities and other complex conditions throughout the state, with a state headquarters located in Akron, Ohio and additional locations in Akron, Cambridge, Cleveland, Toledo, Columbus, Troy, and Cincinnati. The company currently employs 394 part time and 857 full time employees. The individuals and families supported by REM Ohio have a variety of needs, all of which are met within the communities where they live, work, and play. Because each person’s needs and preferences are different – and often change over time – REM Ohio offers a range of community-based residential and non-residential programs and supports.

REM Ohio is a member of The MENTOR Network, an organization dedicated to providing high-quality, community-based services to adults and children of all abilities. Founded in 1980, The MENTOR Network has evolved from a single residential program to a national network of local human services providers, offering an array of services to adults and children with developmental disabilities, acquired brain injuries or other catastrophic injuries and illnesses; youth with emotional, behavioral and medically complex challenges; and elders in need of home care.

About REM Ohio Opportunities Vocational and Social Center

The REM Ohio Opportunities Center is located at 2026 C East Harbor Drive in Port Clinton. The nearly 3,000 square foot Center serves adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. REM Ohio operates similar Opportunities Centers in Akron, Elyria, Fostoria, Lancaster, Troy, Toledo, and Cincinnati areas.

The Opportunities Vocational Center offers a variety of education and work experience in small focus groups. The objective and goals are aligned to assist enrolled participants in acquiring needed vocational skills in the pursuit of community employment. In addition, supported employment participants, commonly referred to as “The Crew”, provide a real opportunity and paycheck. “The Crew” at our Port Clinton Opportunities Center complete data entry and billing tasks, which furthers their independence within the local community. Each week, participants invest time and effort to improve work-related skills via classroom instruction, demonstration opportunities, and other employment preparation focused activities.

The Opportunities Social Center, which is conveniently located at the shared address, offers a customized itinerary of both community and on-site education and recreation events. Each participant’s unique interests are thoughtfully solicited on an ongoing basis. From this information, multiple special interest groups, clubs, and friendships are formed. Topics often include interests such as: cooking and nutrition classes, art and entertainment groups, social and friendship networking, computer skill enhancement, and much more.


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