Agency Timeline

1964

President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Economic Opportunity Act on August 20th signaling the beginning of the 'War on Poverty'.

New Opportunities for Waterbury, Inc. is incorporated on December 11th.

 

1970

New Opportunities begins operation of its first childcare program.

 

1977

New Opportunities relocates its headquarters to its current location on North Elm Street in Waterbury.

The Energy Assistance program is established.

The Head Start, Community Services and Research, Development & Planning divisions are established.

 

1979

James H. Gatling, Ph.D. is named Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

 

1984

New Opportunities establishes the Afro-Latin-Indian Scholarship fund.

New Opportunities is presented with the Energy Innovation Award by the State of Connecticut and the U.S. Department of Energy.

The Elder Services division is established.

The Meals On Wheels program is established.

 

1986

New Opportunities Early Childhood Education division is established.

 

1987

The 1st Annual Holiday Toy Drive is held.

 

1988

The Energy Assistance program evolves and becomes the foundation of an Energy Services division.

 

1989

New Opportunities celebrates its 25th anniversary.

 

1990

The 1st Annual Walk for Warmth is held.

 

1991

The Home Based Family Services division is established.

 

1994

The Justice and Housing Services divisions are established.

 

1995

The 1st Annual Bobby Bonds Memorial Scholarship Golf Classic is held.

 

1999

New Opportunities finalizes construction and opens the Muriel H. Moore Child Development Center.

 

2000

New Opportunities for Waterbury, Inc. changes its name to New Opportunities, Inc.

 

2005

New Opportunities establishes the Meriden Black Expo Scholarship fund.

 

2008

New Opportunities surpasses $500,000 in total scholarship awards.

 

2010

The Afro-Latin-Indian Scholarship fund celebrates its 25th Anniversary.

New Opportunities launches the New Opportunities Economic Development Corporation.

 

2011

New Opportunities Early Childhood Education celebrates its 25th Anniversary.

 

2012

New Opportunities Holiday Toy Drive celebrates its 25th Anniversary.

 

2014

New Opportunities celebrates its 50th Anniversary.

New Opportunities Walk for Warmth celebrates its 25th Anniversary, hosts first 5K run.

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