Overview

Advance Opportunities supports person-centered practices that focus on the goals, dreams and strengths of each individual. We strive to help each person take an active role as they choose ‒ through employment, vocational or life skills training, volunteering and participating in community activities.

 

Employment Services

    • Competitive, Integrated Employment
      We can help individuals find competitive, integrated employment (minimum wage or higher and hired directly by employer) or attain self employment. Direct support professionals (DSP) provide on-the-job training and support as needed ‒ this could be initial training with periodic checks or long term.
    • Community-Based Employment
      Direct support professionals assist individuals or work crews (up to 6 employees/crew) so they are able to maintain community employment and provide on-the-job training and support as needed.
    • Center-Based Work
      The focus of center-based employment is to grow skills and provide paid opportunities for those who are less mobile or prefer this work setting.
    • Customized Employment Services
      Through customized employment services, individuals work on job exploration and making an informed choice on employment. Services vary based on need but can include skills assessment, resume building, job search, job exploration and skills training ‒ all with the goal of preparing for future employment.
 

High School Transition Program

Project SEARCH is a high school transition program that offers on-the-job experience through internships, classroom instruction and job placement assistance for high school students with disabilities.

Project SEARCH – Marshall was developed through cooperation of the following organizations: Avera Marshall, SWWC Service Cooperative, Advance Opportunities, Minnesota Vocational Rehabilitation, Regional School Districts, Minnesota West Community and Technical College and Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council.

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Non-Work Services

    • Center-Based Activities
      The focus of day training and habilitation is to provide meaningful, person-centered activities that promote learning and socialization in a setting that offers support with interpersonal and daily living skills.
    • Community-Based Activities
      Advance Opportunities participates in community activities and volunteer opportunities that are of interest to individuals we serve. Some activities have included walking at the mall, volunteering for United Way food packaging, helping assemble quilts and SMSU speaking engagements.

Transportation

Transportation is provided from each employee’s residence to work and home again through the various waiver services. Our agency provides transportation in our agency vehicles as well as through contracts with Southwest Coaches and Western Community Action. Our job coaches provide support on the buses and vans at all times.

Transportation for Supported Employment Services varies per individual’s need and is determined in conjunction with funding through the case manager.

 

If you are interested in learning more about our services or would like to schedule a tour, please contact:
Rhonda Lyon, Executive Director
507-537-7018 ext.102
rhonda.lyon@advanceopp.org