Opportunity Resources CEO Retires after 28 Years - ABC FOX MONTANA NEWS, WEATHER, SPORTS - KTMF/KWYB

Opportunity Resources CEO Retires after 28 Years

Posted: Updated:
MISSOULA -

The man who led a nonprofit for people with disabilities in Missoula is retiring after 28 years.

Employees and clients at Opportunity Resources said CEO Jack Chambers helped make the organization grow to serve more than 700 people with disabilities across the state.

Opportunity Resources Incorporated had just 16 employees and 50 clients when he started back in 1986.

Chambers said, "I've got tons of friends and people that have meant a lot to me over the years."

ORI helps people with disabilities find jobs, housing, transportation and other services in Missoula.

Chambers said people with disabilities now have more options than in the past, but he'd like to help even more.

"I think there are still underserved in our industry, and we've got a long way to go," Chambers said.

Employees said their clients have always loved Chambers' kind and friendly personality.

"He knows them, I mean he's not just some distant director way up somewhere, he knows everybody," said Mark Crosbie, who's worked alongside Chambers for 17 years.

Crosbie said, "He really is able to get things done but still be friendly and easy to get along with."

"He's a great friend and I'll miss him, I hope he comes and visits," said John Cummins, an ORI client and employee.

Cummins said as a boss, Chambers was perfect.

"Well, we'll just have to move on and hope the next person is just as good," Cummins said.

Under Chambers' leadership, the organization has grown to include 13 homes and apartments for people with disabilities.

He also helped secure job opportunities at 75 businesses, and help expand seven programs at ORI.

"I really look forward to today, it's going to be fun, but it'll be sad," Chambers said.

To find more information on Opportunity Resources, click here.

  • NationalMore>>

  • Crews make gains on massive Washington wildfire

    Crews make gains on massive Washington wildfire

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 3:16 AM EDT2014-07-23 07:16:16 GMT
    Wetter, cooler weather has helped firefighters make progress in their efforts to get the largest wildfire in Washington state's history under control.
    Wetter, cooler weather has helped firefighters make progress in their efforts to get the largest wildfire in Washington state's history under control.
  • First Amendment fight won't stop Arizona execution

    First Amendment fight won't stop Arizona execution

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 3:11 AM EDT2014-07-23 07:11:55 GMT
    The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for Arizona to carry out its third execution in the past year Wednesday following a closely watched First Amendment fight over the secrecy surrounding lethal injection drugs.
    The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for Arizona to carry out its third execution in the past year Wednesday following a closely watched First Amendment fight over the secrecy surrounding lethal injection drugs.
  • Flight bans show skittishness over trouble spots

    Flight bans show skittishness over trouble spots

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 3:07 AM EDT2014-07-23 07:07:56 GMT
    By The Associated Press Delta Air Lines is canceling all flights to Israel until further notice, citing reports that a rocket landed near Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport.
    By The Associated Press When U.S. and European airlines quickly canceled flights to Israel Tuesday, they showed both a skittishness and a new sense of urgency in dealing with global trouble spots...
  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • INCREDIBLE drone video shows fire destruction over Pateros/Brewster

    INCREDIBLE drone video shows fire destruction over Pateros/Brewster

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:51 AM EDT2014-07-22 13:51:52 GMT
    KHQ.COM - Chelan HD Productions has given us permission to show this incredible video they shot with a drone surveying the damage done from the Carlton Complex Fire in the areas of Brewster and Pateros. This video is truly jaw dropping and really shows the level of destruction from the fire.
    KHQ.COM - Chelan HD Productions has given us permission to show this incredible video they shot with a drone surveying the damage done from the Carlton Complex Fire in the areas of Brewster and Pateros. This video is truly jaw dropping and really shows the level of destruction from the fire.
  • Many Frustrated By Stalled Cobell Settlements

    Many Frustrated By Stalled Cobell Settlements

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 9:30 PM EDT2014-07-17 01:30:30 GMT
    In Congress Wednesday, the group in charge of doling out Cobell settlement claims says it's waiting on setting exact amounts and a judge's okay before making the rest of the payments.
    In Congress Wednesday, the group in charge of doling out Cobell settlement claims says it's waiting on setting exact amounts and a judge's okay before making the rest of the payments.
  • UPDATE: Search and Rescue Efforts Continue for Flathead Kayaker

    UPDATE: Search and Rescue Efforts Continue for Flathead Kayaker

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 1:04 PM EDT2014-07-22 17:04:28 GMT
    The search for a missing kayaker will continue Monday on Flathead Lake, it's surrounding shores and the Flathead River, after he's been missing for more than 24 hours.
    The search for a missing kayaker will continue Monday on Flathead Lake, it's surrounding shores and the Flathead River, after he's been missing for more than 24 hours.
  • FIRST ON KHQ.COM: Clay Starbuck Sentenced To Life In Prison Without Parole

    FIRST ON KHQ.COM: Clay Starbuck Sentenced To Life In Prison Without Parole

    Thursday, July 18 2013 8:07 PM EDT2013-07-19 00:07:03 GMT
    UPDATE: A Spokane County judge has sentenced Clay Starbuck to life in prison without the possibility of parole for torturing and killing his ex-wife.
    UPDATE: A Spokane County judge has sentenced Clay Starbuck to life in prison without the possibility of parole for torturing and killing his ex-wife. The 48-year-old Deer Park man was convicted by a jury last month and sentenced on Thursday.
  • Carlton Complex Fire now 250,136 acres; 2,500+ firefighters on scene

    Carlton Complex Fire now 250,136 acres; 2,500+ firefighters on scene

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 2:47 AM EDT2014-07-23 06:47:59 GMT
    UPDATE: The Carlton Complex is now the largest wild land fire ever to burn in the State of Washington. The perimeter of this fire is more than 100 miles long. The total acreage burned is 250,136 acres. 
    UPDATE: The Carlton Complex is now the largest wild land fire ever to burn in the State of Washington. The perimeter of this fire is more than 100 miles long. The total acreage burned is 250,136 acres. A total of 2500+ firefighters and support personnel are assigned to the incident. The fire is 16% contained.
  • So Good: Fast Pitch Duo of Ray and Walker

    So Good: Fast Pitch Duo of Ray and Walker

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 7:57 PM EDT2014-07-16 23:57:19 GMT
    After being some of the state's best for separate teams in different cities, Frenchtown's Morgan Ray and Deer Lodge's Dani Walker have combined forces on the Montana Avalanche Fastpitch softball team.
    After being some of the state's best for separate teams in different cities, Frenchtown's Morgan Ray and Deer Lodge's Dani Walker have combined forces on the Montana Avalanche Fastpitch softball team.
  • Bugg Road fire near Tonasket

    Bugg Road fire near Tonasket

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 2:29 PM EDT2014-07-22 18:29:21 GMT
    KHQ.COM- UPDATE: The Bugg Road fire burning 7 miles east of Tonasket, WA and has destroyed one structure and expanded to 1,700 acres on Tuesday.This fire started on Monday and by the end of the day had burned 1,000 acres. Air support and dozers are trying to keep the fire in check.
    KHQ.COM- UPDATE: The Bugg Road fire burning 7 miles east of Tonasket, WA and has destroyed one structure and expanded to 1,700 acres on Tuesday.This fire started on Monday and by the end of the day had burned 1,000 acres. Air support and dozers are trying to keep the fire in check.
  • Pateros Man Helps Save School From Fire

    Pateros Man Helps Save School From Fire

    Monday, July 21 2014 3:28 AM EDT2014-07-21 07:28:32 GMT
    The town of Pateros has hit particularly hard by the Carlton Complex Fire, more than 100 homes have been lost there.
    The town of Pateros has hit particularly hard by the Carlton Complex Fire, more than 100 homes have been lost there.
Powered by WorldNow

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.