Uniting Talent with Opportunity

Living Opportunities helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to work for the same employers and have the same experiences everyone aspires to in our community.  By partnering with local businesses of all sizes and in all sectors of our local economy, we are providing a more inclusive, diverse workforce in the Rogue Valley.

On the job training, mentoring and ongoing evaluation and assessment ensure success for both the employer and the employee.  Living Opportunities currently partners with over 80 businesses throughout the Rogue Valley, providing jobs to nearly 110 community members with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Looking for Work?

If you or someone you love is seeking employment contact Living Opportunities to learn more about eligibility and funding.


The fundamental purpose of “Discovery” is to learn about your unique skills and talents and what you want to pursue. Through our in-depth, person-centered approach, we spend one-on-one time with you in the community to identify your strengths and abilities, along with your likes and dislikes. This can be done by trying various job activities, observing you at home doing household tasks, and engaging in business tours. This process results in your Discovery Profile.

The Assessment process is a period of 4-6 weeks during which you will have the opportunity to try out a variety of jobs that interest you. During this time, we learn firsthand about your specific on-the-job preferences, skills, abilities, and training and support needs. This step results in an Assessment Profile and your personal resume, which can be in written or video format.

When you enter the Job Development phase, we begin the search for a position that is based on the information we have gathered. Each job search is as unique as your own dreams and goals. Using our network of partnerships, we work to find the best job match for you. As with any job placement, this can take time.

Our professional Job Coach staff helps you with the initial detailed on-the-job training. We continue with ongoing support throughout your employment, to help your job placement be successful for both you and your employer.

ESTeeM is a new training program aimed at preparing you for the workforce by enhancing the skills that will be important for successful employment. The focus includes preparing for the interview, identifying proper attire, understanding communication and professionalism in the work setting, safety and self-management skills. You may consider enrolling in this class during the Job Development phase.

How Individuals with Disabilities Benefit from Work

Community members challenged by intellectual and developmental disabilities bring unique gifts and talents to over 80 participating workplaces throughout the Rogue Valley.

By developing skills necessary for success in the workplace and utilizing our thorough job training and evaluation programs, our clients thrive in work environments matched specifically to their individual skills.

Clients who utilize the supported employment services of Living Opportunities have a unique opportunity to align their passions, skills and talents with earning an income. Earning an income can:

  • provide a vital sense of purpose
  • foster greater independence
  • boost self esteem

The collaborative and compassionate nature of our services and wide diversity of workplaces and jobs provide financial independence for our clients and valuable connections within our greater community that benefit us all.

For information on becoming employed, contact Tara Mardoll, Director Employment Services @ 541.772.1503


Alternative Services, Inc.
Asante Ashland Hospital
Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites
Ashland Springs Hotel
Auntie Carol’s Hawaiian Cafe
BioMed Diagnostics
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Butler Automotive Group-4 Locations
Chamber of Medford/Jackson County
City of Central Point—Parks & Rec
City of Medford—City Hall
City of Medford—Parks & Rec
City of Medford—Public Works
Creative Supports, Inc.
Cropper Medical
Darex, LLC

Dazey’s / Hubbards
Dogs for better lives
EC Blend
Fit for a Queen
Focus 1 Associates
Grange Co-op – 5 Locations
Great American Pizza Co.
Housing Authority of Jackson Co.
ICW, Inc.
Jackson County Sheriff’s Office
Jiffy Lube, White City
John L. Scott Real Estate
Kids Unlimited
Kaleidoscope Pizzeria & Pub
KTVL News 10
La Clinica
Lark’s Restaurant—Medford
Leone Holden, CPA
Lithia Springs Resort & Gardens

Liquid Assets
Oregon Commission for the Blind
Oregon Community Foundation
Oregon Dept. of Human Services
Oregon Dept. of Senior Services
Oregon Employment Department
Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Personnel Source, Inc.
Providence Hospital
Punky’s Diner
Quality Market
Quantum Innovation
Regency Blue Cross Blue Shield
Renal Care Consultants
Rogue Community College
Rogue Credit Union
Rogue Valley Country Club

Rogue Valley Manor
Rogue Valley Transit District (RVTD)
Rosario’s Italian Kitchen
St. Mary’s School
ScienceWorks Hands on Museum
Shastina Millworks
Skylark Assisted Living and Memory Care
Southern Oregon Head Start
Southern Oregon Subaru
SOU – Dining Services
United Way
Valley Immediate Care
Veteran’s Administration
Yerba Prima

Living Opportunities services are funded primarily by state and federal monies focused on Developmental Disabilities.  For information regarding eligibility for funding, contact Jackson County Developmental Disabilities Services 140 S Holly St  Medford OR 97504  541-774-8205