About Us

Wayne Opportunity Center is a private community based rehabilitation facility. It was first established in 1964 as the Wayne County Sheltered Workshop and was housed in the basement of St. Stephens Episcopal Church. After a couple of years the center moved to Mulberry Street and the former Carolina Laundry Building. In 1989, the name was changed from Wayne County Sheltered Workshop to Wayne Opportunity Center. In 1995, the center moved to its main location today at 619 S. George Street. This is the former Pepsi Cola Plant. This site houses the administrative offices, the Vocational Rehabilitation Programs and the Adult Developmental Vocational Program. In 2006, Wayne Opportunity Center added the HOPE, Adult Developmental Vocational Program. It is housed at 803 – C Corporate Drive. This is the former Wayne Community College Campus. Combined, our programs serve over 200 people a year.

Key Staff

Wayne Opportunity Center

  • John Chance, Executive Director
  • Jackie Dais, Finance Manager
  • Evelyn White, Production Manager
  • Shaun Waddell, VR Coordinator
  • Dana Williams, ADVP Coordinator
  • Vivian Kendall. Job Placement Specialist
  • Leigh Anne Sizemore, CORE
  • Alicia Goldsby, CORE

Wayne Opportunity Center HOPE Program

  • Amy Hartley, Program Manager/CAP Coor.
  • June Fields, HOPE Director