Ninth District Opportunity, Inc.
is a private Non-Profit corporation founded in 1967 to carry
out the mandate of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964.
NDO's primary purpose is to work in partnership with
low-income people, promoting access to opportunities leading
toward Self-Development, Self-Reliance, and
December of 1964 until NDO's legal incorporation, OEO
(Office of Economic Opportunity) funded community action
activities were operated under the aegis of the Area Wide
Human Resources Committee, a subcommittee of the Georgia
Mountains Area Planning and Development Commission.
Mr. Frank Moore directed these activities.
the Federal government was serious about the nation's "War
on Poverty" and required a board structure and other legal
requirements which led to the emergence of a separate
organization which opened its doors at 123 North Main Street
on May 31, 1967 under the leadership of James "Jim" Redmond,
NDO's first Executive Director.
experienced a tremendous amount of change since those early
days when board meetings were held in the chairman's home in
Cleveland, Georgia. Our funding, which initially
supported only a program developer and a secretary, has
expanded to a staff of over 600 persons.
has been described as "the art of changing a group from what
is to what ought to be". NDO has, by this standard,
certainly had its share of competent leadership under these
chairpersons: Father Frank Ruff, Clarence N. Lambert, Schley
H. Burrell, J. Marlin Smith, Mary Waldrip, Dr. Hugh I.
Shott, II, William E Patterson, Fay J. Kight, Cullen C.
Larson, Sam Sosebee, and Judge Garrison Baker.
though the agency has undergone a variety of changes over
the years, our stated goal of providing opportunities for
low-income families to work and live in decency and dignity
has remained unchanged. Throughout its existence, the
agency has served continuously as a catalyst to, and an
advocate for, the low-income residents of the NDO service
NDO is currently under the
leadership of Ms. Patsy Thomas, the organization's Executive Director, and Mr. Garrison Baker, Board Chairman.