- 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.
What sets us apart.
The adults we serve are empowered to make their own choices and to find self-worth through individualized jobs, community exploration and meaningful day programming. 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.
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.
At OBI, we are dedicated to engaging individuals in new opportunities. Whether it’s sailing for the first time or learning how to take care of themselves through nutritional classes we strive to help those we serve become as independent as possible while fully supported by staff.
Board of directors.
Mike Lagana, Peroutka, Miller, Kilma & Peters, P.A.
Julie Hill, Department of Defense
Kevin Bonk, Keller Williams Flagship of Maryland
Lori Amburn, Development Facilitators, Inc.
Bill Kuethe, Kuethe State Farm Insurance
Cassandra Bailey, Opportunity Builders, Inc.
Karen Bailey, Kupstas & Kupstas
Angela Balsamo, Coffee News of Maryland
Jen Brienza, Law Office of Jen Brienza
Wallace Ciepiela, Community Member
Robin Gray, Opportunity Builders, Inc
Sara Gray, Price George's County Public Schools
Chet Lawrence, CL3 Consulting
Tina Miller, Community Member
Colleen Phillips, MPBB, LLC
Michael Reese, Sr., Department of Defense
Ray Streib, Development Facilitators
Donna Webb, Community Member