Opportunity Works

Opportunity WORKS prepares individuals with significant barriers to get and keep a job. Opportunity WORKS provides daily activity and stability for participants while also developing a participant’s work history. Opportunity WORKS helps participants successfully become thriving community members. Participants engage in hands-on vocational skill training set in career pathways: customer service, inventory control, information technology, and teamwork. Each participant works with a Case Manager and a Job Coach to set goals, develop skills, and identify job prospects.

Participants are able to access these services for ongoing support up to one year after exiting the program.
Skill training is conducted using our three training platforms: Second Chances Free Store, eBay business, and Community Garden.

More About Our Training Platforms

Second Chances is Carroll County’s only free store. Participants learn skills while operating the store, receiving and processing donations, merchandising, and controlling inventory.
*For information about donating to or shopping at Second Chances, please visit our Second Chances Free Store page.*

HSP’s eBay business is managed by Opportunity WORKS staff and participants. Luxury or non-essential items are reallocated from Second Chances donations for possible sale on eBay. Participants research, write descriptions and take pictures of sale items while staff manages final item posting, the collection of funds, and the shipping process. 100% of the income generated goes directly into funding Opportunity WORKS programming. Purchases through the eBay store are considered program donations and are tax-exempt because of HSP’s non-profit status. To shop our eBay store, please visit www.ebay.com/usr/shoptohelphsp

For information about how you can get involved with HSP’s Community Garden, please visit our Community Garden page.


All participants in Opportunity WORKS are provided intensive case management services. Case management is a collaborative process that assesses, plans, implements, coordinates, monitors, and evaluates the options and services required to meet the client’s health and human service needs. It is characterized by advocacy, communication, and resource management and promotes quality and cost-effective interventions and outcomes.