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Opportunity Resources CEO Retires after 28 Years

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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.

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