1981: Fred McDonald was hired as a consultant to assist Open Door to increase its earning power. The board developed Board Policies. This effort and the appearance of an unrelated Group in Kane County calling itself "The Open Door", led to the change of the name to "Open Door Rehabilitation Center" and to coin the further name of "Open Door Enterprises". Open Door Enterprises looked, immediately, into the feasibility of Micrographics.
1982: The Open Door sold the Open Door Print Shop to Ray Larsen, who had been advisor for its operations. Ray changed its name, simply, to "The Print Shop." In a big step forward, part of the Open Door Rehabilitation Center moved into the Davis Building (attached to Hemmingsen's True Value Hardware) on Route 34 in Plano. It became, at that time, more involved with Kendall County, and developed identification with the northeastern Illinois area, rather than with the Rockford area. It took on staff with greater expertise in seeking contract work.
1983: Open Door Rehabilitation Center had an Occupational Therapy Program, with an Occupational Therapist regularly advising a Staff member, until funding for it ran out.
1984: The board began to discuss either building or buying increased factory and rehabilitation space. The agency began recycling aluminium cans, bought a conveyor belt, received funding to assist several low functioning residents in area nursing homes who needed day programming, and began placing some consumers out in community work sites with supervision.
1985: Jerry Long of Creative Point Industries asked Open Door to assemble plastic storage units for compact discs. The decision was made that the Vocational Division should grow large enough to fund all needed programs. In addition to other contracts, Impact Industries awarded a contract to color code a fly-wheel.
1986: Open Door Rehabilitation Center (Open Door Enterprises) Board reviewed a feasibility study for a proposed Plastic Molding Department. Hearing this, Plano Molding Company donated a molding machine that May, and the Vocational Program moved into the building at 208 Beaver Street in Yorkville. Kendall County Homemakers Program became part of The Open Door.
1987: The Beaver Street Facility was officially dedicated on October 9, 1988 and Open Door celebrated 25 years of Service to the surrounding community.
1988: The agency was awarded a CILA (Community Integrated Living Arrangement) grant from the Department of Mental Health. A plastic injection molding operation was undertaken as both Vocational training site and a source of income.
1989: Cooperation with local schools increased as the emphasis there is to transition students from school community work sites rather then sheltered workshops whenever possible. Open Door was awarded its own In Home Respite Program.