Christian Opportunity Center hosted a dedication ceremony in memory of Barb Driscoll in Indianola on Friday. Barb passed away July 5, 2015 due to complications from cancer.
Barb began her employment with COC as Vocational Services Manager in Oskaloosa in December 1988, one month before the vocational services program began. After some organizational restructuring in 1994, Barb was named Regional Team Leader for Indianola/Des Moines and witnessed considerable growth over the next two decades, including new services in Des Moines and the acquisition of Winifred Law Opportunity Center and Total Living Centers, Inc. in Indianola. She left COC for a little more than one year in 1998, but returned as Regional Director for Indianola/Des Moines.
COC Executive Director Rod Braun and Associate Director John Eilers shared memories of Barb at the dedication, as did her brother Jim Foreman, co-workers, and people supported. The tree planted in memory of Barb was described by her daughter-in-law Hannah Driscoll as “perfect” because it is a “mighty oak.”
Founded in 1969, COC provides residential and vocational support and services to more than 300 people with disabilities in Mahaska, Marion, Polk and Warren counties. COC’s mission is to integrate Christian values in teaching skills for life. For more information on COC and its services visit https://christianopportunity.org/.