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GREENVILLE, Ky. (12/02/13) — Chuck Bridges knows better than anyone that the Muhlenberg County Opportunity Center has been a roaring success.

Since it began operation in 1966, Bridges has been a huge part of this inspiring success story, that allows the disabled to take pride in a job well done. Bridges can spend hours telling you about the past, present and future of the Muhlenberg County Opportunity Center. Bridges is director of the center. He told SurfKY News that the newly expanded operation is now on course for a January opening.

"We hope to be in the new building in mid-January at the latest." Bridges said in an exclusive interview with SurfKY News. "This new building will house our administrative offices, our production department and day hab facilities. We'll also have a dining room and the total size of the new building is 9800 feet. We'll also have room for our restaurant facilities."

For those who may not be familiar with the inspiring history of the Opportunity Center, it began in 1966, as part of Kentucky's Vocational Rehabilitation Department. Now almost a half century later, it's still growing strong.

"We now, in our recycling department, recycle cardboard, paper, plastics, aluminum, even clothes that we can't sell in the Thriftway department, we pretty much do it all. In our production area, which is one part that will be in the new facility, we do contract production work, for Hunter-Douglas out of Owensboro, plants in Hopkinsville, Plastic Products in Greenville, and a plant in Graham as well. It keeps us very busy. And that's a good thing. We now have 45 to 50 clients with disabilities performing duties here, and 15 full time staff members. This is our 47th year of operation. Our main goal was, and still is, to rehabilitate individuals with disabilities. For those unable to reach rehabilitative strength we do provide long term employment for them. They in turn provide a useful service to the community, and through that process, we have grown. Everybody wins!" Bridges said.

So be prepared for the big grand opening coming in January, and in the mean time you can shop and save for Christmas, or find out more about the Opportunity Center by calling (270) 338-5970, or stop by 615 Opportunity Way.

Paul McRee
SurfKY News
Photos provided by Chuck Bridges

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