When people with developmental disabilities turn 22, they’re no longer eligible for service and support programs funded through the Illinois Public Schools. Phil and Mike Carmody weren’t going to let that hold back their brother, John, so they started the organization Opportunity Knocks to empower him and his friends.
Nicknaming participants “warriors,” the group offers a variety life shops, including Knock Out Pickles. In this program, warriors learn how to make and jar pickles for distribution to local businesses and restaurants. The program not only provides meaningful and gainful employment, but also revenue to keep it going.
Georgia Hunter has been with the program from the beginning and has not only honed her culinary skills, but also learned valuable leadership and life skills.
“A warrior is a leader to help others and I want to be one of those warriors,” she says.
To learn more about Opportunity Knocks, how to donate, or how to place an order for Knock Out Pickles, click here.