AEP Foundation Awards $40,000 Grant to Opportunities, Inc. To Expand Children’s Outpatient Therapy Services In Texarkana

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Gratitude abounds as we celebrate the incredible generosity of SWEPCO (FB-page: Southwestern Electric Power Company – SWEPCO)! Their $40,000 grant is a game-changer, enabling us to expand our therapy services to include outpatient therapy for all children in our community. Previously limited to those in our Preschool Program, this support allows us to reach even more young hearts and minds. Construction is underway, and soon we’ll be providing essential services to both enrolled and non-enrolled children. Thank you, SWEPCO, for investing in the well-being and development of every child in our community!

Photo:  Tina Griffin (Director of Therapy Services), our therapists, children that currently attend our Arkansas Children’s Preschool and receive therapy during the day through the day program, Sherry Watkins (Executive Director), Jennifer Harland (SWEPCO External Affairs Manager), and Corie Woodman (Chief Development Officer).

SHREVEPORT, LA (December 12, 2023) – In an effort to enhance the quality of care provided to children in Texarkana and the surrounding communities, the AEP Foundation at the recommendation of SWEPCO (Southwestern Electric Power Company), awarded $40,000 to Opportunities, Inc.

The grant will be instrumental in renovating and expanding to include children’s outpatient therapy services offered by Opportunities, Inc. and improving the lives of countless children in the community. Therapy services include speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy, all of which play a crucial role in supporting developmental and support needs.

“The goals we have for children with disabilities are the same goals we have for all children – for them to be happy, healthy, and able to participate fully in life,” said Chief Development Officer of Opportunities, Inc. Corie Woodman. “Disabilities should not limit a child’s potential. Through physical, occupational, and speech therapies, children can develop new skills, adapt to challenges, and regain lost abilities.”

AEP Foundation funds will be used for purchasing additional therapy equipment, as well as renovating the existing facilities to create more space. By investing in updated equipment and therapy spaces, Opportunities, Inc. aims to provide tailored, meaningful activities for children with disabilities, enabling them to develop new skills, regain lost skills, and improve their overall quality of life.

“At SWEPCO, we’re pleased to see our AEP Foundation make this important award to Opportunities, Inc., and we know the grant will help make a substantial difference in the lives of children with disabilities in the Texarkana region,” said Jennifer Harland, SWEPCO External Affairs Manager. “With strong community support and a proven track record of excellence, Opportunities, Inc. serves as a beacon of hope and support for individuals with disabilities, ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to thrive and flourish.”

From humble beginnings, serving only six preschool children, Opportunities, Inc. has grown to become the most experienced provider for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Texarkana and the surrounding communities. In the past year alone, Opportunities, Inc. has supported 515 individuals, offering a continuum of developmental and support services from birth through adulthood.

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