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Mission and Values

Our Mission


Working with people in need to promote a higher quality of life in our community. 

Our Vision


A community where people are empowered to live safely without economic barriers. 



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.

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 supportive services, or providing healthy care of a disabled family member), 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. Some of the tasks will be 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; resulting in a feeling of empowerment to handle future challenges.

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