About Us

Mission Statement

The mission of Caldwell Opportunities, Inc., is to provide developmental and vocational services to adults with disabilities who live in Caldwell County area in order to maximize independence and employment.

Vision Statement

The vision of Caldwell Opportunities, Inc. will continue its legacy of assisting persons with Developmental Disabilities to achieve independence, to experience meaningful relationships, and to contribute value to their community.


The organization was started in April 1969 by Donald Jensen, the founding board chairman, and Tom Brittaiin, the founding director, in the Agricultural building at Oak Hill School in Lenoir and had eight clients.  

Over the years, the organization grew and moved, first to be part of the Foothills Mental Center, then to several different elementary schools in Lenoir before donors came together to build the current College Ave. location in 1989.

The Foothills Area Board of Directors transferred operation of programs to COI based upon ability of the COI Board to show financial solvency July 1, 2002.

The program was established to provide a continuum of services for adults with disabilities. The mission is to promote employment and independence of persons with disabilities through customer/business/community partnerships and leadership.

Caldwell Opportunities, Inc. is funded by  a contract with VAYA  Health (Local Management Entity), community donations, grants and workshop revenue.

On November 8th, 2019 Caldwell Opportunities, Inc. celebrated a 50th Anniversary.


Caldwell Opportunities, Inc., is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).  

To learn more about the mission of COI, please fill in the Contact Form or call (828) 757-5680.

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CARF Accredited

  • Organizational Employment Services
  • Community Integration
CARF Accredited
"Caldwell Opportunities is committed to providing opportunities for adults with with disabilities through its Community Programs and Services."

Community Programs

  • Adult Day Vocational Program (ADVP)
  • Long-term Community Supports (LTCS)
  • Innovations Day Support Services

Board of Directors

  • Pam Helton - President
  • Billy Mitchell - Vice-President
  • J. Daniel Taylor - Secretary/Treasurer
  • Ann B. Edwards - Member
  • Ronald R. Beane - Member
  • Kenvian Ferguson - Member
Caldwell Opportunities, Inc.
1617 College Avenue SW
Lenoir, NC 28645 | 828-757-5680