More good news for the Opportunity Center

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By Correne Martin

The Opportunity Center has had its share of good news lately. Aside from being allowed to continue serving people with disabilities, the center recently learned that it received a substantial grant to build two new greenhouses.

Thanks to ORC Industries, an independent organization from La Crosse that serves people withdisabilities, two 30-foot by 100-foot hydroponic greenhouses providing fresh fruits and vegetables year-round will be constructed in Prairie du Chien. The amount of the grant is not being disclosed by ORC.

In addition to the ORC dollars, a number of sources are also providing funding for the project: USDA—$47,000, private donor—$20,000, Opportunity Center golf outing fundraiser—$10,000.
“We will be financing the rest,” Opportunity Center Director Pam Ritchie said.

“The project will hopefully start in the spring,” Program Director Angie Engrav noted.

“We will be celebrating our 50th anniversary in 2015 and this is just one of the exciting things we hope to do this year,” Richie added.

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