OUR MISSION IS TO HELP WOMEN AND FAMILIES, WHO ARE HOMELESS, ACHIEVE SELF-SUFFICIENCY.

Services Offered

Core Services

  • Provide safe and secure temporary emergency housing.
  • Provide personalized case management that includes needs assessments, the formation of Individualized Service Plans, personal budgets, and resumes; and assistance securing sustainable employment, affordable housing, transportation, childcare, and medical, mental and emotional services/support.
  • Address the basic and individual human needs of clients at enrollment, during stay and upon exiting the program.
  • Connect clients with mainstream, community, faith-based, and public resources/services.
  • Provide enhanced follow-up services 


Community Services

  • Distribute food and products to local residents.
  • Connect those in need to community resources and services.

Resource Linkage

Each adult meets with the case manager and/or shelter manager at the time they are enrolled in the program. Based on the needs of the individual or family, clients are connected to appropriate resources such as ACCESS, 90-Works, CareerSource, Bridgeway, Salvation Army, Tri-County, Others of Destin, Legal Services, Okaloosa County Transit, VA programs, potential employers, Section 8 and HUD Housing, medical providers, mental health and substance abuse programs, trauma counselors, and domestic violence and rape crisis centers. They are assisted with obtaining copies of vital records critical to receiving health / child services, employment and housing.

On-site services, beyond the budgeting and parenting classes, may include groups led by community resources such as: ACCESS, Bridgeway Center, Shelter House, Sherriff's Department, and other agencies are invited in for special sessions addressing client concerns. Local professionals provide health assessments, nutritional and wellness and life-skills workshops as needed at the shelter. Beauticians and cosmetologists come in periodically to assist clients prior to job interviews.

Children's Services

Homeless children have unique needs, therefore, OPI works closely with Bridgeway, Okaloosa County School District, Title 10, Head Start, Healthy Start, Healthy Families, Family First, Department of Children and Families, Early Learning Coalition, and community volunteers to provide academic enrichment, tutoring, constructive play, and other activities designed to help our little ones overcome trauma and advance academically. The Case Manager identifies potential areas requiring expert intervention, and consults with parents as to what resources would be best to meet the needs of the child. Bridgeway conducts on-site counseling for families and children. 

On-Site Learning Opportunities

  • Parenting Skills
  • Budgeting
  • Coping with Trauma
  • Coping with Group Living
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Life Skills
  • Resume Writing
  • Job Interviews

CONTACT US

OPPORTUNITY PLACE
305 Lovejoy Road
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
PHONE: (850) 659-3190
FAX: (850) 659-3191

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