About


Our Purpose

Our Business Is Making You Shine

The mission of Opportunities Unlimited of Erie is to create employment opportunities for people with disabilities and support them in achieving their goals through career training such as job searching, application and resume building, interview training, and more.

We manage a wide variety of janitorial, laundry, dry cleaning, and floor care services to business, organizations, groups, and individuals, all while training, coaching, and hiring people with disabilities in our community for these positions. We believe every individual has the potential to lead a productive and successful life and that the human spirit thrives in environments that are respectful, accessible, and inclusive.


How we started

Opportunities Unlimited of Erie (OU) is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation formed in July 2006 by the board of Stairways Behavioral Health in order to provide job training and employment opportunities for people with mental illness. OU provides job training services and employment opportunities to any person with a disabling condition such as a physical or intellectual disability and individuals affected by poverty or significant criminal history.

Today, OU has greatly expanded the number of clients served by the company, as well as, the number of employees hired by OU to perform janitorial, laundry, dry cleaning, and floor care services to our clients.

It is the goal of the company to establish part-time and full-time positions complete with a benefits package. Creation of these positions will rely on company growth and financial viability.


Opportunities Unlimited Board Members

The Opportunities Unlimited Board is chosen carefully and exhibits the following: leadership, organizational mission, conscientious recruitment of new board members, attention to policy and planning, participation in fundraising, maintaining a professionally and demographically diverse board, effective governance practices, and responsible fiscal management.

Board Officers

  • Kerry Schwab – Chair – Schwab Hospitality Corporation
  • Kim Goetz – Treasurer – K2S, PC
  • Allison Hodas – Secretary – Erie Bank

Board Members

  • Stephanie Montgomery – Stairways Behavioral Health
  • Kim Stucke – Stairways Behavioral Health
  • Attn Pat Kennedy. – Public Defender

Staff

  • Char Myers – Director – Stairways Behavioral Health
  • Jeanne Daugherty – Mgr. of Supported Employment – Stairways Behavioral Health
  • Antonio Howard – Vocational Specialist – Opportunities Unlimited

Donor Opportunities

Opportunities Unlimited is only able to keep our job training and employment services open with the support of the community. By donating, you’re becoming a partner in our mission to restore hope to Erie individuals and families. By donating we can hire more people, place more individuals, hire more job coaches, get a new building location, get new equipment, and establish capital equipment reserve.