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Pathways to Opportunity

Pathways to Opportunity is a day training program addressing the gap in services for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities transitioning from school to employment, secondary education, or living in the community as independently as possible. (View a YouTube clip)


The PTO program emphasizes individualized, person-centered outcomes aimed at achieving and maintaining integrated lives in the community. People with intellectual and developmental disabilities should be able to live, work and play in their local neighborhoods and communities. To this end, our program is outcome driven, focused on ensuring that training results in progress and achievement of the outcomes identified by program participants.


EXPANSION NEWS: 

 

 

 

Within a year of its 2014 launch, Pathways to Opportunity reached its full capacity. To meet this need we expanded the program with the goal of being able to serve 75 participants per day by the end of 2019.


Group and one-on-one classes
take place Monday through Friday 9:30 am - 3:30 pm at our
Opportunity Center located at 5100 Tice Street, Fort Myers FL 33905, as well as in the community.
A structured schedule changes on a quarterly basis based on the program participant's interests and needs.  

Quarterly Calendars for October - January 1 to 5    and   1 - 10

 


The wide array of classes fit under four main categories:

  • Creative Expression (fine arts and performing arts)
  • Employment Exploration (employment training and volunteering)
  • Recreation (various clubs, sports, and exercise classes)
  • Education (life skills for independence)

 

Participants make decisions on outing locations or projects, budgeting for class supplies needed, and then get to practice money skills when participating in activities. They have established their own book club at local coffee shops, take cooking classes, hired a yoga and Zumba instructor, visited art museums, and become active community volunteers.

 


Program Photo Gallery: Click Here to view!


Pathways Pattern (Program Newsletter):

August 2018 Newsletter

September 2018 Newsletter

October 2018 Newsletter

November 2018 Newsletter

 

Funding Options:

Funding options for Pathways to Opportunity participants include the Florida Medicaid Waiver, scholarships (when available), and private pay options. 

 

 

Enroll Now!

For more information about the Pathways to Opportunity Program or to schedule a tour, please contact Director of Disability Support Services Megan Feeney at (239) 995-2106 ext. 2228
Application Packet-Admission Policy-Health Form

 

 

How to Support Pathways to Opportunity:

Wish List        Program Van - Donate Now!

Participants Success Stories: 

Grant Hampton 


Dion Wiggins

Alexis Poore

 

Pathways to Opportunity Art Program:

(UNDER CONSTRUCTION) 

 

Support Pathways to Opportunity Artist - Variety of ART for sale!

(UNDER CONSTRUCTION)

 


Pathways to Opportunity YouTube Channel

Check out videos of program theatre performances, choir performances, and Pathways New Network (PNN) and general program videos. - (Under Construction more to come)

 


Pathways to Opportunity operates with the support of: 

APD - Agency for Person with Disabilities State of Florida
Qlarant 
SunTrust Foundation
Lee County Human and Veteran Services 
United Way Lee, Charlotte, Hendry & Glades Counties



Thank you for our Community Supporters:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you know? 89¢ of every dollar supports the Goodwill Mission! 

Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Inc.'s Registration # is CH1930.  A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE 1-800-435-7352 WITHIN THE STATE OF FL.  REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.  PLEASE VISIT www.800helpfla.com FOR OFFICIAL REGISTRATION INFORMATION AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION. 

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