CREATED Apr. 4, 2013
Las Vegas, NV KTNV -- They help people with disabilities lead better lives. Opportunity Village is a household name in Southern Nevada but now, a big change for that group.
They will no longer call the people they serve "clients" because that term just seems cold and impersonal. From now on, they'll be known as OVIPS. You'll never believe where we found some OVIPS working this time -- Nellis Air Force Base.
The OVIPS check for bomb making materials, they deliver classified mail and they have security clearances. "Sometimes I like people noticing how I am and I try my best to enter everything and make sure everyone around the base is getting their mail as they wish,"says OVIP David Nilsen.
Opportunity Village bid on a contract to handle the personal mail at Nellis Air Force base and won.
In the years these special needs workers have been handling the job there has never been a complaint. So the contract was even expanded to include classified deliveries.
The bosses couldn't be happier with their work ethic and ability. Sidney Ray is their supervisor. "For me it's my first experience working with individuals and so I think it's a perfect challenge for me as well to learn about myself as much as they learn about themselves."
Employees like David Nilsen may not realize how impressive his Nellis clearance is but he told us he's the boss' number one guy. And though the boss may not want to play favorites, he admits"he's a fast learner, adapts well, likes to interact with folks. I couldn't ask for better co-workers."
Opportunity Village also has a larger contract with Nellis to handle the cafeteria and other food operations. In all nearly 70 OVIPS work at Nellis Air Force Base.