- Provide adults with developmental disabilities a motivational environment.
- Offer vocational training, employment services, recreational activities and support services.
- Promote personal fulfillment, address individual needs and foster independence.
Our Smiles Work!
At OBI, our smiles tell more than words can describe. These smiles exude the confidence, satisfaction and self-worth of a job well done and belong to the adults with developmental disabilities who work at OBI. These individuals come from Anne Arundel County and the surrounding areas. Work brings these adults not only joy and fulfillment but a true sense of purpose and meaning.
What Sets OBI Apart?
- The adults we serve are empowered to make their own choices and to find self-worth through meaningful work in our warehouse and/or in community employment.
- Our passionate, dedicated and supportive staff members respect every individual we serve to help them reach their full potential.
- Our dedicated families and volunteers from the community contribute so much time, energy, and financial support to help make OBI the vital organization it is today.
Why Our Business Partnerships Are So Strong!
In fiscal year 2012, more than 30 packaging, assembly and distribution contracts for local and national businesses were fulfilled. To win these contracts we compete based on our quality of work, service and productivity. Our contractors are so satisfied with our work product that they have become long-standing partners, one as long as 15 years.
Local businesses employ more than 50% of the adults that OBI serves. These businesses are ecstatic about the dedication, commitment and positive attitude of our workers. As described by the employers, “These individuals are a true inspiration to the rest of our team. Not only do they face their daily challenges with courage and humor, they encourage others to be and do their very best.”
In 1962 in response to a need for occupational services for adults with developmental disabilities, a group of parents, educators and advocates came together to establish the Sheltered Workshop of Anne Arundel County (SWAAC). It began in an old firehouse on Truck House Road in Severna Park, MD. As the demand for services increased, SWAAC re-located to a warehouse facility on Langley Road in Glen Burnie. In 1990, with the development of a community employment placement program, SWAAC was renamed to Opportunity Builders, Inc. (OBI). Due to space limitations, in 1991, the program moved to a 16,000-square-foot warehouse in Hanover, MD where OBI expanded to 30,000 square feet before moving to our newly, constructed 41,000-square-foot Millersville home in 2009.