Opportunity Manor (currently known as Opportunity Matters) was established in 1980 to meet St. Cloud’s emerging housing needs for people with disabilities. During its first 13 years in business, Opportunity Manor provided these services to 24 people served at two 12-bed Intermediate Care Facilities in the St. Cloud Area.
By 2004, OMI was operating 13 waiver facilities across the greater St. Cloud Area. Opportunity Manor completed a final building phase when it reconfigured the funding for its two 12-bed facilities and opened up four additional 4-bed sites. The organization was now operating at their preferred capacity, serving 70 individuals at 17 sites.
In 2005, after moving to a new 7,500 square foot location, Opportunity Manor started Pathways, a highly personalized day program that allows individuals to learn essential life skills and experience community in a safe, learning environment. Families of people with disabilities access helpful support services allowing them to better care for, and interact with their loved one.
Opportunity Manor was honored when the Multiple Sclerosis Society asked OMI to partner with them to provide support and services to individuals in Central MN with Multiple Sclerosis. In the fall of 2010, Opportunity Manor started offering supportive services to those with MS.
At the beginning of 2011, Opportunity Manor moved to a new location in Sartell, MN specifically designed to accommodate the organization’s clientele and day program services. In the spring of 2011, the organization underwent a rebranding and officially changed the organization’s name to Opportunity Matters. This was done to better align the organization with its mission, vision and core values along with remove the stigma and misperception of the word “Manor” as many believed the organization only offered residential options.
In 2014, Opportunity Matters was able to advance the Pathway program to offer adult day services specifically to veterans with early to mid-stage dementia and memory loss while continuing to serve individuals with cognitive challenges. A partnership with the Veterans Administration in St Cloud was established to refer veterans looking for a safe and enjoyable place to go during the day. Since that time, the program continues to grow serving veterans and individuals who want to remain living in their own home and an active member of their community.
In 2016, Opportunity Matters opened its 18th residential site in Sauk Rapids, MN. Nestled in a beautiful wooded neighborhood, Oakland Heights is home to four individuals.