ABOUT

ABILITYWORKS OF OKLAHOMA is committed to empowering lives.


“Our mission at AbilityWorks of Oklahoma, Inc. is to empower individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to reach their potential by teaching daily living and employment skills, promoting independence and meaningful lives.”

AbilityWorks of Oklahoma is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides residential and vocational programs for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities

PROFESSIONAL STAFF

We have  a certified staff of trained professionals that work with associates at all levels to enhance their quality of life.

ABILITY ASSESSMENT

AbilityWorks engages each associate to assess their strengths, skills and aptitude.  We believe in empowerment for all.

HOUSING OPTIONS

Our goal is to ensure each resident is an active member of the community, regardless of their choice of residential program.”

 WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT

AbilityWorks offers a Thrift Store as well as Shredding and Recycling services that support both our community and clients.

TEAM LEADERS

WE HAVE AN INNOVATIVE STAFF THAT WORKS DILIGENTLY IN EVERY ASPECT OF OUR CLIENTS LIVES


 

Rebecca Ingram


Chief Executive Officer

Rebecca’s first experience with individuals with intellectual disabilities was during her Senior year in High School at the Little Lighthouse in Tulsa.  She volunteered several days a week and quickly realized her calling. She received a Bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University in Speech and Language Pathology and was offered a Program Coordinator position after graduation.

Rebecca has worked in a number of agencies in her decades long career. Each of those has made her uniquely qualified to guide AbilityWorks in it’s new chapter.

FUN FACT:  Rebecca has played the trumpet since the 5th grade.  Her favorite style to play is symphony orchestra.

“My career continues to provide many opportunities to make a difference in the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  I am not sure many people can say that about their jobs and even less that can say they love to come to work every day.” ~ REBECCA

Dawn Venne’


Director of Vocational Services

Dawn’s career at AbilityWorks began in Sept. 2003 as a direct care staff member. Dawn says what started simply as a job to support her child, became a career she absolutely loves.  To follow her new dream Dawn decided to pursue her Bachelor’s degree and graduated in 2012. She was then promoted to the position of Vocational Director.  Dawn believes this career is her true purpose, and she is always looking for ways to better the programs and provide the best services possible to clients at AbilityWorks.

FUN FACT:  Last year Dawn fulfilled a huge personal dream and self published her first book!

“I find my work truly fulfilling.  I am able to witness on a daily basis, how the gift of empowerment impacts the lives of some of the most deserving people I know.

Given opportunity, the individuals we serve are able to soar and there is no better feeling than knowing you get to be a part of that. “ ~ DAWN

Sidney Kimble


Director of Residential Services

Sidney is from Tahlequah, OK. She received her bachelors of science in Health & Human Performance from Northeastern State University and her Master’s of Education degree in Experiential Learning & Development from Plymouth State University.  Before coming to AbilityWorks in early 2019,  Sidney spent the last six years working with Native American adolescents at a drug and alcohol treatment center.

FUN FACT:   Sidney won the title of Miss Cherokee in 2011-2012!

“The most fulfilling thing about working with the clients of AbilityWorks is the sense of community that has been established here. Every day I get to come to work and be surrounded by some of the most amazing people. I get the opportunity to see them excel in their work and personal lives. I get the chance to build relationships with them and share in lots of laughs and fun times!”

~ SIDNEY

LET’S GET TO WORK

WE ENABLE CLIENTS TO CONTRIBUTE AND BUILD SELF ESTEEM


We offer a variety of In-House and Community coordinated job opportunities specifically designed to draw out our clients strength and create a sense of accomplishment and community involvement. Any profit from these jobs is used to fund our programs. 

JOB COACH: Job Coaches provide training and guidance for individuals in our employment program.  They are responsible for modeling and training the job tasks required and involve the individual as much as possible in completing the needed or required tasks.  Many times, job tasks require a group of individuals and a Job Coach to complete.

COMMUNITY-INTEGRATED EMPLOYMENT: Often referred to as CIE, this employment type is very similar to Job Coaching services.

RECYCLING PROGRAM: Our facility houses four bailers; with this equipment, we recycle cardboard, paper, plastics and clothing. Our bales are sold to companies that use the materials for other purposes.  This program provides jobs for seven individuals with the assistance of a Job Coach. For any additional questions, please call 918-336-5928 x 109.

SHRED PROGRAM: Our shred program offers a community service in destruction of paper records and the ability of recycling.  Many private companies and community citizens utilize our shred service for a competitive fee.  This program also provides jobs for 5 individuals with the assistance of a Job Coach. For any additional questions, please call 918-336-5928 x 123.

THRIFT STORE: Our Thrift Store is well known in the Bartlesville community and has existed since the 1950’s when a group of parents used the revenues generated to start our organization.  It provides jobs for 29 individuals and 9 Job Coaches.  Our Thrift Store provides an environment that allows many different opportunities for individuals to learn job skills.  Our intake department is responsible for receiving community donations, we have a large box truck that makes scheduled donation pickups in the community and we process all donations by sorting, pricing and preparing them for store sale.  All profits from the Thrift Store are reinvested into our programs. If you would like to schedule a pick up, please call 918-336-5928 X 101.

CERAMIC STUDIO: Our ceramics studio provides an opportunity for community members to come in and select a ceramic item to paint. Several individuals and a Job Coach work in the studio.  It is often used for birthday parties, activities and social opportunities. The ceramic studio, which is open to the public is a great place to host a birthday party, fun activity for kids and other social opportunties.” Please give us a call if you would like to book us for your next birthday party, girls night out, or friend fun event! Call 918-336-5928 x 100.

COMPETITIVE EMPLOYMENT:  Our Job Coaches also identify ideal jobs for some of our individuals at other community businesses.  If an individual we serve is hired by a community employer, the Job Coach will remain on the job with the individual until the individual can complete all job tasks independently.  This type of placement is considered competitive employment. If you are interested in hiring one of our individuals to work for your business, please call us and we will be happy to discuss.

THIS IS LIVING

AbilityWorks provides residential services designed to foster community, individual growth and personal safety.


 

GROUP HOMES


AbilityWorks Residential Service

We currently operate three group homes.  Each resident has their own room; there is a large living room and dining room in each home.  Each group home is assigned a van that can transport all the residents into the community for shopping, work and recreation events.  Staff support is always provided.

SUPPORTED LIVING


AbilityWorks Residential Service

Members of the Hissom Class reside in their own homes with staff.  They participate in community events, employment and recreation/leisure activities.

ASSISTED LIVING


AbilityWorks Residential Service

Individuals reside in their own homes with minimal assistance.  Support is provided on
an as-needed basis.

IN-HOME SUPPORT


AbilityWorks Residential Service

The individual served resides in their family home; we provide staff for support as requested and outlined in their Individual Plan.

ADULT COMPANION PROGRAM


The individual served is supported by an approved adult companion in the companion’s home. The Adult Companion is offered respite time off, which is provided by AbilityWorks.

 

JACQUELYN HOUSE


AbilityWorks Residential Service

Jacquelyn House is an Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IID). This facility supports 8 residents; each person has their own room and the home is equipped with a large living and dining area.  All staff are licensed: Certified Nurse Aide (CNA), Certified Medication Aide (CMA) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).  The home is supervised by a Registered Nurse (RN) and a Licensed Administrator.  The home is governed by the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

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services we provide? Just see our contact page below. We're happy to hear from you.

CONTACT

Please contact us for additional information.

501 S Virginia Ave
Bartlesville, OK  74003
United States

ringram@abilityworksok.org

+1 (918) 336-5928

THRIFT STORE:

+1 (918) 336-5928

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