We serve by:

  • Fostering independent living through the    development of life, work, and social skills;
  • Preparing clients to become a part of, rather than apart from, the community;
  • Providing opportunities for a more fulfilling and productive life.

Open Avenues offers instruction in daily living skills and opportunities for socialization. Instructors offer classes in simple cooking, laundry skills, money skills, and other areas that will increase their independence.

We provide employment skills training through our relationships with local businesses and industries and offer job placement services when appropriate.

Open Avenues has a fleet of six buses and offers transportation to and from the Center in many areas of NWA.

Open Avenues also offers job placement services to its clients.

Client progress in the work center is monitored to determine job readiness. When clients acquire the skills necessary for a more traditional employment environment, the Job Placement Officer matches the client with appropriate job skills required by the employer, and then provides support as needed to assure continued success on the job. As we offer this service to the clients, we offer employees to companies that are considering filling full or part-time positions in their production line.

If you are interested in a tour of our facility; to learn more about our services; or information about serving on the Open Avenues board or other volunteer opportunities, contact our Resource Director,
Elizabeth Duncan

Open Avenues Staff

Brenda Neal, Executive Director
Elizabeth Duncan - Resource Director
Eddie Duncan - Job Placement / Procurement Officer
Jeff Hairston - Work Center Manager
Wayne Reed - Program Coordinator
JoAnn Benson, Employment Specialist
Kelli McWhirt, Special Events Manager
Kelly Sampson, Major Gifts Director

At Open Avenues, we would love to have you visit our facility to see the range of work our clients can do for you!

Open Avenues

Linda Rylee Taylor, Walmart
Marilyn Thompson Black
J.D. Davis, Whistler
Trent Rogers, Crawford Construction,
Danny “Beau” Sylvester, Walmart
Shannon Barry, Sam’s Club
Denise Thomas, Arkansas World Trade Center
Avon Bright, Walmart
Tara Dryer, University of Arkansas
Bert Edens, Apprentice Information Systems
Josh Saffran, Reckitt Benckiser
Larry Thompson, Matthews, Campbell, Rhoads, McClure & Thompson, P.A.

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