About Us

Our mission.

  • 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.


Our begining.

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.

Unlimited opportunities.

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.

Vice President
Julie Hill, Department of Defense

Kevin Bonk, Keller Williams Flagship of Maryland

Lori Amburn, Development Facilitators, Inc.

Past President
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