We are half way to our goal!

To the Editor:

Thanks to you, we are half way there! The generosity of the people of the Merrimack Valley and beyond has brought Opportunity Works nearer to providing our premier programs and services to many more of our adult friends and neighbors living with disabilities. Thanks to you, a state-of-the-art campus is emerging behind and abutting Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill. We are a little over half way to our goal of raising $2 million toward the project.
Now we really need you all, in whatever way you can, to help us finish the job and fulfill our promise to empower people and change lives. The individuals we serve and their families rely on Opportunity Works for enrichment, fulfillment and greater participation in our communities. In turn, Opportunity Works relies on you to help us increase and improve our well-recognized, creative programming.
We are excited to be opening this new facility which we believe will be a jewel among our region’s many assets. With over 40 years of experience in developing some of the finest family members, workers and citizens in the Commonwealth, you can count on Opportunity Works to continue enhancing our communities.
We hope we can count on you to help us! Please let your heart be your guide to giving as generously as possible to this exciting project this holiday season. Simply visit us at www.opportunityworksinhaverhill.org or send a check payable to: Opportunity Works, 10 Opportunity Way, Newburyport, MA 01950.
You’ll be so glad you did! We at Opportunity Works wish you all the very best of this beautiful season.

John Guerin
Capital Campaign Director


3rd Annual Golf Classic PSA

3rd Annual Golf Classic PSA

Another huge thank you to Mary & Tom from HC Media for their collaboration with us for our 3rd Annual Golf Classic PSA.

Click the link above to see our resident movie star and Capital Campaign Director, John Guerin along with some friends telling you why it is so important to join us at Atkinson Resort & Country Club on September 22nd.

If you can’t join us to golf, but would like to sponsor the event or come for the awards & lunch visit our golf website to register:


Thanks for your support of our Haverhill Capital Campaign!


Summer Boat Cruise PSA

Summer Boat Cruise PSA

A huge thank you to Mary & Tom from HC Media for their collaboration with us for our Summer Boat Cruise PSA.

Click the link above to see our resident movie star and Capital Campaign Director, John Guerin tell you where we will be sailing from, when, and why!

See you on the boat!

If you can’t join us on the boat, but still want to take part in the fun there will be a landlubber’s party happening at Michael’s Harborside.

Thanks for your support of our Haverhill Capital Campaign


Haverhill Journal – July 10, 2014

Did you catch the segment on our recent Haverhill Safety Awareness Day in the July 10th Haverhill Journal episode? If not, you can watch it here.

Click below to check out the segment and let us know what you think? You can advance the video to 11:07 if you want. Thanks to Lindsay Paris and everyone at HC Media for the coverage.

Haverhill Journal – July 10, 2014

We are so happy to team up with HC Media. We are working on some new Public Service Announcements with them. Should have the 1st one ready to roll next week!

To keep up with HC Media ‘like’ their Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/hcmediahaverhill



Safety Awareness Day at Haverhill Campus

 NEWS RELEASE                    


June 26, 2014

Contact: John Guerin   978-373-3976    (m) 978-697-2329    (Photos Attached)



 “Local public safety agencies instruct participants on life safety skills” 

HAVERHILL – Opportunity Works, a private, not-for-profit organization that empowers adults with disabilities and their families, held its first annual Safety Awareness Day last week on their current campus on Summer Street.  The agency will be moving into a state-of-the-art, 37,000 sq. ft. facility behind and abutting Northern Essex Community College late this fall.

Officer Paul Malone, the Deputy Director of Emergency Management of the Haverhill Police Department coordinated the event with Opportunity Works managers and staff to create a day of instruction, demonstrations, fun activities and a cookout lunch for all involved.  Officer Malone was joined by Lt. Inspector Roger Moses and Insp. Steven Trocki of the Haverhill Fire Department, Andrew Robertson of Trinity, EMS, the city’s ambulance service, and Sgt. Scott Souza and his work-dog partner, “Ace” from the Essex County Sheriff’s Department along with Sgt. Jenna Walsh and her partner, “Trouble”.

Each public safety agency made a classroom presentation and then demonstrated the equipment and other assets they brought to the event outside of the building.  Lee Barrowclough, Melissa Merrow, Lindsey Harris and Erika Davis headed up the safety day committee for Opportunity Works.  This first of its kind event was designed to instruct program participants on life safety skills as well as to foster greater understanding in the relationship between adults with disabilities and public safety personnel.  Individuals from both the Haverhill and Newburyport Opportunity Works campuses participated in the fun and educationally significant day.

Merrow, the Director of Specialized Day Services said, “The day was fun, interactive and informative and the individuals had a blast!”  Program participant Tricia Borucki agreed.  “I had fun and I liked the ambulance”, she said.  Matt Jackson and Richard Cosman enjoyed the law enforcement and fire prevention demonstrations.  “I liked the fire house.  I learned about fires”, Jackson noted.  Cosman added that “It was fun and I enjoyed the police.”

Barrowclough and Harris, who coordinated the event for Opportunity Works were pleased with the event’s success.  “Nice weather, great demonstrations and fun was had by all”, said Barrowclough.  Harris summed it up by saying, “Awesome day altogether.  We couldn’t have asked for a better day!”

To find out more about Opportunity Works and its premier programs and services, please call 978-358-5804 or visit www.opportunityworks.org.

Opportunity Works participants and Essex County Sheriff’s Department officers get together after a police dog demonstration.  From left are: Sgt. Jenna Walsh, Kevin Cerulo, Sgt. Scott Souza and Adam Lamontagne.

Haverhill Safety Day


Sgt. Jenna Walsh of the Essex County Sheriff’s Department demonstrates a search technique with her work dog partner, Trouble.

Haverhill Safety Day


Thanks for supporting our 40th Anniversary Celebration!

To the Editor:

A rocking and rolling group of 250 people celebrated the 40th anniversary of Opportunity Works recently, enjoying the music of New England’s signature Beatles cover band, “Beatlejuice”, at Bradford Country Club.  Opportunity Works is marking 40 years of premier programs and services to our adult friends and neighbors who live with various disabilities.

Proceeds from the concert benefitted the Opportunity Works in Haverhill Capital Campaign that is funding the construction of a 37,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art campus behind and abutting Northern Essex Community College.

We are so very grateful to our hosts, Kevin and Kristin Murphy, who were a delight to work with in planning the event and made Bradford Country Club feel like our home.  The tented hall was beautiful and spacious and the staff were friendly and accommodating.  We were especially honored that two of Haverhill’s legendary good citizens, Ted and Mary Murphy, also joined us for the celebration.

Opportunity Works thanks the Eagle-Tribune, the Daily News, WNBP 1450 AM and 106.1 FM (“The Legends”) and HC Media’s “Haverhill Journal” for their generous promotion of the event.  We also thank Norwegian Cruise Lines for donating a 7-day Atlantic Cruise which was raffled as part of the concert festivities.

We once again applaud the super talented members of “Beatlejuice” for an outstanding night of music, dancing and revelry.  A great time was had by all!  Most of all, we are grateful to everyone who came out to be entertained or contributed in some way to the success of the evening.

We can all improve our quality of life and build better communities in our region by contributing to the building of this new facility that will serve and support our participants and their families.  We hope to see you next at our Old Fashioned Campaign Cocktail Party at DiBurro’s on Thursday, June 19 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

For details on that event or to find out how else you can help our building project, please visit www.opportunityworksinhaverhill.org.

To all of you, thank you!

John Guerin,

Capital Campaign Director

Opportunity Works


Thanks to the Winner’s Circle Running Club

Deborah and John accept the check from Dale Eckert

Deborah and John accept the check from Dale Eckert

A huge thank you goes out to members of the Winner’s Circle Running Club for their generous $1,000 donation to our Capital Campaign from their April Fools Road Race. Deborah Andrews, Director of Development and John Guerin, Capital Campaign Director attended the Winner’s Circle Running Club meeting on Thursday, October 10, 2013 in Salisbury and were presented with the official donation check by Dale Eckert, Race Director. If you want to find out more about the club please visit their website at: runthecircle.org


Live on local radio!

John Guerin, Capital Campaign Director and Christine Crutcher, Executive Assistant appeared on local radio last week to promote our 1st Opportunity Works Yard Sale which was a huge success! We raised just over $1,300 for our new facility in Haverhill. If you missed the live radio programs on WNBP 106.1 FM/1450AM and WCAP 980AM you can listen below.