Lewis County Opportunities, Inc.  •  8265 State Route 812  •  Lowville, NY  13367
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Our Mission Maximum Feasible Participation Strategic Planning
Our Vision Family Development Process  
Our Mission and Values

Our Mission  
Lewis County Opportunities, Inc. is a Community Action Agency dedicated to working together with those in need. Our employees, Board members, and volunteers use a compassionate and respectful approach to promote a higher quality of life in our community.  
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Our Vision  
Opportunities should never lose sight of what community action represents—to serve the needs of the community. This is accomplished through positive employee interaction with consumers, good overall coordination between the Agency with other organizations, and a commitment by Board members and employees alike to address community needs.  
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Maximum Feasible Participation  
Lewis County Opportunities values and respects the diversity of our consumers. The agency commits to achieving maximum consumer participation of our program services. It is agency policy to provide equal opportunity to all people without discrimination because of race, creed, religion, age, gender, color, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability, genetic predisposition or carrier status, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Any person who believes that he/she has been discriminated against based upon any one or more of the attributes listed above, may submit a written complaint to the following address:

Lewis County Opportunities, Inc.
8265 State Route 812
Lowville, NY 13367
Attn: Human Resources

Family Development Process  
The Family Development Process serves as an important philosophical strategy in the implementation of our mission.  All employees are highly encouraged to participate in training to implement this philosophy, which requires several hours of study to complete.

What is the Family Development Process?  It's a strength-based philosophy that starts with a partnership between the family seeking services and a family development worker.  The following components are important to the process:

  • The family develops a partnership with a family development worker.
  • The family development worker helps the family assess its needs and strengths, which is an ongoing process.

  • The family sets its own major goal (such as getting off welfare, or providing healthy care of a disabled family member) and smaller goals working toward the major goal, and identifies ideas for reaching them.

  • The family development worker helps the family make a written plan for pursuing goals with some tasks being the responsibility of the family members and some the worker's.  Accomplishments are celebrated, and the plan is continually updated.

  • The family learns and practices skills needed to become self-reliant.

  • The family uses services as stepping stones to reach their goals.

  • The family's sense of responsible self-control is restored.  The family (and each individual within the family) is strengthened by the family development process, and results in a feeling of empowerment to handle future challenges.

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Our Strategic Plan  
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