OPPO Newsletter - October 2021
"Awareness is like the sun. When it shines on things, they are transformed.” -Thich Nhat Hahn
The month of October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month where we celebrate Down syndrome and let everyone know their abilities and that they are capable of doing anything they set their minds to.
For centuries, people with Down syndrome have been alluded to in art, literature and science. It wasn’t until the late nineteenth century, however, that John Langdon Down, an English physician, published an accurate description of a person with Down syndrome. It was this scholarly work, published in 1866, that earned Down the recognition as the “father” of the syndrome. Although other people had previously recognized the characteristics of the syndrome, it was Down who described the condition as a distinct and separate entity.
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OPPO is excited to announce the launch of our new website. Staff will need to create a new login to gain acess to the Staff Resources. If you are having any issues with this process, please speak with your direct supervisor. www.theoppo.com
OPPO is hosting an Open House!
October 28th, 2021
7707 S Main Street
Midvale, UT 84047
Come talk with us and get to know our Leadership Team.
-Refreshments will be provided-
(Due to the recent surge in the Covid-19 cases, the over crowding of hospitals and to ensure the safety and wellbeing of everyone, we ask that you wear a facemask while attending the event.)
Direct Support Professionals, better known as DSP's. are the dedicated, innovative direct support workfoce that is the heart and soul of supports for people with disabilities. They are the heroes and heart of our organizations. Not only do they provide care and support, they also foster special friendships that are valued by so many.
As a DSP, you are the heart of everything we do. We want to acknowledge & Celebrate you and the countless things that you do for our clients.
Out of Bounds is a new day program that OPPO has developed. The purpose is to allow us to provide a year round community based engagement for our clients. The program is localized in Utah County, spanning from Salem to Bluffdale. This program was put in place for higher functioning clients, the staff :client ratio will be kept small in order to allow staff to provide the best care and amazing experiences in the community.
If you are interested or know someone who could benefit from this program,
please reach out to Ashley Morgan.
OPPO is now offering quarterly onsite CPR/First Aid/AED training through
the American Red Cross.
New employees are required to obtain these certifications within the first 90 days of employement. Renewals are due bi-anually (every 2 years). If you are unsure of your current certification status, please speak with your direct supervisor.
If you would like to sign up for our next training, please reach out to
*this is not a drop in-class, there are prerequistes required prior to the onsite training. Speak with Jeannette for more information.
Effective September 1st, 2021
Due to the recent spike in Covid cases and limited hospital beds,ALL employees will be required to wear a face mask/shield while at our facility and/or working with clients.
This is following the most current CDC recommendation and is mandatory for all employess, regardless of vaccination status.
OPPO's vision is to create safe, happy & healthy opportunities. We believe that personal choice is extremely important. With that in mind, we wanted to share information for those who wish to be vaccinated.
Vaccine Spotter is a free website to help you locate the nearest facility where you can easily receive your covid-19 vaccine. We respect you, your wishes and your privacy on this topic.
Please click on the link below to find the location nearest you.
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OPPO's Employee Assistance Program
Intermountain Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a support program that provides free, brief, confidential counseling; help with caregiver issues; and 24-hour crisis services. This program is available for you, your spouses or domestic partners and dependent children (under 26 years old). Supervisors can receive consultations about difficult employee situations, team building and workplace trainings.
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Solutions we provide include, but are not limited to, the following:
Customized In-Home Care, including Home Health
Out Of Bounds
Host Home Services
After School Program
Summer Program - Starting June 2022
We're committed to the people we support. Have a question, call us at 385-270-6559and we'll work through the solution together.
EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH -Colton Lawson-
Colton joined OPPO as a summer hire right out of high school. After the Summer Program, Colton transitioned into 1:1 supported living where he has thrived. Colton is a dedicated and reliable staff that finds his job extremely rewarding. Colton enjoys storytelling, he is a published author and loves that his position with OPPO gives him the flexibilty to pursue this passion. His experience with working with and meeting individuals with disabilites has strengthened and inspired his writing. His hope is to one day become a best-selling author and advocate for individuals with special needs while using that platform to raise awareness. Thank you for all that you do Colton!
New mask policy effective September 1st, 2021. Let's continue to stay safe, smart, respectful and healthy.
Good hygiene includes washing your hands before and after touching people, food, and surfaces. Please keep it up!
Masks, gloves, and sanitizers are still available for employees. Click Here
Our company-wide, Monthly Team Huddle will be on the 9th @ 12pm & 11th @ 12pm (invitations sent to employees).
Employee Referral Bonus $100.00 after 90 days.
When you work a sub shift you get a $1 an hour differential pay. (see your direct supervisor for details).
4th - Brynlee Best
Dennis (Butch) Salamanikas
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OPPO LLC was founded as Reliant Services in 2011 by Rich Allred to help people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities get jobs. As Rich found success, he realized the greater needs in home care. Over the years, OPPO started to provide home care, day services, and much more. Today, OPPO is more dedicated than ever to providing safe, reliable, and caring services. The world may marginalize some people, but OPPO will not. If you are interested in learning more, please call us at 385-270-6559or email us a email@example.com to discuss your options.
Our mailing address is:
7707 Main Street, Midvale, UT 84047