About The Guthrie Opportunity Center

We are a non-profit organization in Nelson County, Kentucky serving developmentally disadvantaged members of our community with a family-like environment that enables them to acquire life skills training and achieve independence through work opportunities.


Our Partners

Communicare, Inc. has been a premier provider of behavioral health services in Kentucky’s heartland since 1967. Their dedicated, professional staff strives to ensure quality behavioral health care to the citizens in our communities. With facilities throughout the eight counties in the Lincoln Trail area, we offer convenient access for those with mental illness, behavioral health, developmental and intellectual disabilities, developmental delays, and chemical dependency.

Local factories and distilleries work closely with the Guthrie Opportunity Center on contract labor opportunities. When opportunities arise where local businesses require outside labor sources, the Guthrie Opportunity Center is allowed to provide a quote to perform the work for those services. We also work with several businesses in the community where it makes more sense for the individuals to perform the work at the customer’s site.

Bardstown is in the heart of Nelson County. It is easy to see why Bardstown was named “The Most Beautiful Small Town in America” by Rand McNally & USA Today when you learn about the culture, the history, & the compassion of the people that call Bardstown home. With a population of just over 14,000, great things are happening in Bardstown – especially at the Guthrie Opportunity Center!

In our Triumphant Program, we partner with schools to make it easier for students to transition from school to work-life after graduation. Students are exposed to what their different opportunities could be depending on what their interests are. They are given the opportunity to experience working at a variety of places in the community, seeing what it is like working at the GO Center as well as working on life skills curriculum in a classroom setting.

From the moment our children are born, all parents worry about whether our children will be ok throughout life when we are not around to help them. It is even more of a concern if you are the parent of a developmentally disadvantaged child. That is why we strive so hard to provide each of our individuals with the right tools to be able to live a happy, productive, independent, & fulfilling life.

Our Vision

To provide services which empower developmentally disadvantaged citizens will benefit them and our community.  Working together with our Community Partners, Schools, State Agencies and concerned citizens will allow us to design and deliver a support system that is viable and sustainable.

Our Mission

To provide and sustain a nurturing environment that promotes learning, creates a sense of independence and provides lifelong support to the developmentally disadvantaged in Nelson County.


There are many different ways that we fundraise to keep the center running at full capacity. One being the Farm to Table Event in August and the other is the Festival of Trees in November/December. Both events are some of Bardstown’s most sought out events! They are both held right here at the Guthrie Opportunity Center! 

How Can You Make A Difference?

900 Nutter Drive Bardstown, KY 40004

Call Us: (502) 348-3989