The Texarkana Gazette

Greenhouse to mark grand opening with Mother’s Day sale


TEXARKANA, Texas — A local nonprofit is gearing up to help its clients polish their green thumbs just in time for Mother’s Day.

Opportunities Inc., which serves adults and children with disabilities, announced the greenhouse project nearly a year ago.

The greenhouse, in partnership with H&N Landscaping, will hold a grand opening sale for Mother’s Day. The sale will be from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. May 10 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 11 at 6101 N. State Line Ave.

Brad Bailey, executive director and CEO of Opportunities Inc., said the greenhouse was assembled by Fort Worth-based Texas Greenhouse and placed on the nonprofit’s grounds in September 2023.

“We were awarded a grant of $280,000 from the Temple (Memorial Pediatric Center) Foundation to help with our greenhouse business within our business enterprise program,” Bailey said. “This grant provided the funding for the cost of the building and equipment along with supplies and materials for startup, as well as startup for our additional enterprises.”

Bailey said clients will grow a variety of plants and vegetables, including tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and zinnias.

“Having a greenhouse teaches our adults how to grow, cultivate and care for plants,” Bailey said. “They learn how to operate a POS (point-of-sale) system and communicate with our community using business-centered approaches with excellent customer service. These skills will also help develop work ready skills needed to transfer into other jobs for our clients.”

Bailey said the next business endeavor for Opportunities’ clients will be expanding the Shred It TXK venture that restarted last year.

“Our clients currently are shredding documents for businesses and organizations at our Opportunities Inc. campus but have purchased a mobile shred truck which will allow our clients to shred documents onsite soon,” Bailey said.

The agency also plans to expand its woodworking enterprise with the sale of charcuterie boards, stakes and fire starters, Bailey said.