Richland Opportunities, Inc. has been providing support services to people with developmental disabilities since incorporating on July 1, 1979 and will celebrate 35 years of service on July 1, 2014. When Richland Opportunities, Inc. became a reality in 1979, the workshop was just across the street from the group home. Aluminum can collecting, stripping and sanding of furniture were used to build skill level and provide a paycheck to the people service.
In 1983, ROI purchased two steel buildings and moved the workshop and corporation offices to that location at 1100 Silurian Lane. Since that time, ROI has been enhancing the work life of those we serve. Work completed is
janitorial, making badges, picking up recyclables, bundling newspaper, and baling cardboard. Other activities provided is craft projects, learning to read, learning to count money, write checks and balance a check book, and other life skills that help the men and women function in their everyday living. The workshop was renamed, the Jensen Activity Center upon the retirement of long term director, Dick Jensen Supported employment is a primary goal of our agency. Current outside employers are Sidney Health Center, SHC Extended Care, The Fringe, IGA, Electricland, Small World Daycare, and Shopko.
This newest group home is located at 405 2nd Avenue SE in Sidney on property that was owned by Dave and Agetha Peer. ROI purchased this land, and built a six-bedroom home. Because Agetha Peer had been a benefactor of ROI during her lifetime and the home was located on property formerly owned by her, the new group home was named in her memory.
In 1993, the Adult Group Home was extensively remodeled and renamed the Svarre Group Home. Ingvald and Clara Svarre had been benefactors of ROI. Because of that, the home was renamed in their honor. The remodeling allowed each of the eight individuals residing there to have their own bedroom and their own space.
The Peer home has three staff on duty during all awake times and one awake staff overnight. The Svarre home has 2-3 staff on duty during awake times and one awake staff overnight. Staff and individuals fix meals and everyone pitches in to help set the tables and get everything ready, and then to help clean the dishes and get them into the dishwasher at the end of the meal.
The third residential facility that ROI owns is a five apartment complex at 390 22nd Avenue NW. This was built in 1982 and occupied in January of 1983 with seven individuals living at that location. This complex is known as the Transitional Living Complex or TLC and serves people that are able to cook for themselves, do laundry, shopping, etc. with minimum support from staff. This service has only one staff person on duty. A live-in manager is on duty from Monday through Friday and two part-time staff alternate weekends for relief staffing. Transportation is provided by ROI for all of its services to all the men and women served by ROI.
ROI provides residential services for men and women who live in the community. This service is supported living service and is staffed only for needed supports for these men and women. Staff provide support for most of these men and women, and helps them with their menus, shopping, cooking, medical/dental appointments and other necessities.
ROI currently serves 38 men and women in one or all of the services it offers, which are residential, vocational and transportation. To serve these people, 35-37 staff, 29 full-time, work for ROI.