It all began when a group of concerned parents wanted to help their bright, yet disabled, children become self-sufficient adults. In 1959 these parents approached the Junior League of Lexington, Kentucky with the idea for a community vocational rehabilitation program. Leaders from both the public and private sectors were intrigued with this project and became involved in the planning. On September 1st, 1961, Opportunity Workshop of Lexington, Inc. (OWL) was established as a non-profit 501c3 corporation. The Junior League presented OWL with $30,000, from their annual horse show, as seed money to begin operations. This ground-breaking community-minded organization began work in a humble 3,500 square feet warehouse in downtown Lexington. From day one, OWL’s vision has been clear. One of OWL’s founding documents reads as follows:
“[To] provide a facility that is a work-oriented Community Rehabilitation Program with a controlled environment and the necessary related services in order that the individuals who have barriers to employment can obtain the required skills to be employed, thus becoming a more fully participating member of our society.”
As OWL enters its next 50 years, the organization, staff, and associates have a tremendous history to build on.Thousands of Kentuckians have benefited from the outreach efforts of OWL, --- not just those who use its job training and placement services. OWL does more than just provide training and jobs, it provides livelihoods for individuals and families. OWL changes lives which is why its staff, Board, and volunteers passionately serve this organization. The entire OWL organization continues to respond to local needs and economic conditions by developing and tailoring services with vocational evaluations, employment consulting, and job training that better serves our clients and the community. Fifty years from now OWL will still be reaching out to Kentuckians with barriers to employment, and still providing livelihoods for families across the state. -Gary Kiesler
OWL has been running strong for over fifty-years now and has much to be proud of. Thousands of Kentuckians have benefited from the variety of programs we offer to our consumers. Those who have been impacted by OWL’s services become successful members of our community and, in turn, positively impact their own families and loved ones as a byproduct of their accomplishments. More than simply providing job training and placement, OWL provides livelihoods. OWL is run by staff, board, and volunteers who passionately believe in the mission and work of the organization. It is our hope that during the next fifty years, OWL will become even more actively engaged in improving the lives of Kentuckians. Through your support lives across our state, and society by extension, will be greatly enriched. -David Boggs, March 2014
LMC’s Quality Management System is registered to ISO 9001:2008 (certificate #CC2067-025310). They are also quality assured by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
SEEC provides vocational assessments and comprehensive vocational evaluations. These services can result in better job retention and higher job satisfaction among both employees and employers alike.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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