Supporting persons with Disabilities in Enhancing their Quality of LIfe

Recent legislative changes have directly impacted Opportunity Resources ability to provide services to hundreds of people with developmental disabilities across Western Montana. While things change quickly and often, here is what we know now: 

We have created some fun and simple ways you can help Opportunity Resources and the hundreds of people we serve on a daily basis. Scroll below to see what you can do, right now, to help make an impact during these critical times. If you want more information about the budget cuts or ways to get involved, please contact us at 406.721.2930.

Increase your impact! Sponsor a table at the Opportunity Resources Gala: Heart of Gold

Become a Donor or Sponsor of Opportunity!

Become a Social Media Ambassador!

Your generous gift will help impact hundreds of lives of people with disabilities in Western Montana. To make a donation, please click the button below. If you'd like to discuss how you can increase your impact with recurring donations, planned giving, bequests, or sponsorship, please contact Rita Pastore at

Are you passionate about making change in the world? Do you have a knack for speaking and an interest in politics? We need you! We're looking for people to advocate on behalf of Opportunity Resources. Listen to our story, sign petitions, help us grow our network, and support our advocacy efforts! Simply fill out the form below to get started. 

Table sponsorship for the 3rd annual Opportunity Resources Gala are now available! Join the Heart of Gold movement and purchase a table as an individual, group, or business and receive recognition throughout the event and priority seating. Tables are limited, so please act fast! To purchase, contact Rita Pastore at or 406.329.1769.

We need your help more than ever before! 

Changes to Employment Programs: 

Help Opportunity Resources

  • Community First Choice (CFC):
    • ​2.99% rate reduction
    • CFC hour reductions include:
      • ​Meal prep reduced to 2 hours per week (from 5 to 7 hours per week)
      • Exercise reduced to 3.5 hours per week (from 5 hours per week)
      • IADL (grocery shopping, light housekeeping, community integration) reduced to 3 hours per week (from 5 hours per week)
    • ​Total number of hours reduced over 50 individuals in ORI services are 101 hours per week
  • Big Sky Waiver:
    • ​2.99% rate reduction across all service categories
    • Social Personal Assistance PRogram limited to 10 hours per week (some of our clients are currently at 52 hours per week)
    • 25 mile limit on transportation
    • If a member needs more support to be safe in the community, the case manager will be able to authorize above the 10 hour per week limit based on health and safety. We will know by the end of January 2018 the total amount of hours that can be authorized. This service impacts three congregate sites and multiple independent people. 
  • Development Disability Program:
    • ​2.99% rate reduction across all service categories

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Each year ORI raffles off a trip for two to Hawaii! There are only 100 tickets sold, each for $100 a piece so your odds are pretty good! The winner will be drawn during the 3rd annual Opportunity Resources Gala: Heart of Gold  on April 7, 2018 at the Double Tree Hotel in Missoula. You do not have to be present to win, but tickets to the gala are available below!

  • Vocational Rehabilitation hourly rate cut by 20% and Pre-ETS services to High School students cut by 45%
  • The Extended Employment  (EE) Program that provides long term supports to people has been cut by 25%
  • The State office has informed providers that EE funding may run out by February 15th, 2018, but have not yet provided specific information
  • 60 individuals could lose their services in Missoula alone and Missoula employers could lose valued employees

Become an Advocate for Opportunity!

Our gala has been known to be one of the best large fundraising events in Missoula! Dress to impress and attend the 3rd annual Opportunity Resources Gala: Heart of Gold. Kick the night off with a cocktail social before moving into the main ballroom for an incredible three course gourmet dinner, exciting live auction full of experience trips, a unique silent auction hosted by the Artists of Opportunity, presentation of the Eva Amundson and ORI Community awards, and a heart warming program showcasing those have a "Heart of Gold." This night is talked about all year long, you won't want to miss it! Reserve your seats today. 

Enter to win a trip to Hawaii!

Attend the 3rd annual Opportunity Resources Gala: Heart of Gold

Now, more than ever, we need extra help getting the word out! Are you on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter? Here are ways YOU can help simply by using your social media account:

  • Start a Facebook Fundraiser!
    • ​Peer fundraising is on a rise with Facebook.. and you can help us! Need help getting started? Our in-house social media expert will walk you through the process. Send us a message on Facebook to get started! 
  • Like, Share, and Engage with our posts!
    • ​The Facebook algorithms are always changing. In 2018, it is important for friends and supporters of ORI to engage in our posts! By simply liking, sharing, and commenting on our posts, you can help us reach even more people! 
  • Volunteer as a content curator!
    • ​As a content curator, you will find third-party content relating to our mission, and simply send them as a message to the Opportunity Resources page. This is extremely helpful for us considering we have limited marketing staff and great content gets great engagement!
  • Be sure to follow us on your favorite account!

Changes to Residential Programs: