The president of St. Paul’s Neighborhood House, Armando Camacho, is leaving the West Side service center for immigrants and the poor to take over Minnetonka-based Opportunity Partners, a nonprofit that helps people with disabilities live independently.

Camacho, 39, will begin as president and CEO of Opportunity Partners on Jan. 13.

In a statement, he said that working with people with disabilities had been “a passion of mine going back to my days as a special education teacher.”

A Puerto Rican immigrant, Camacho grew up mostly on the West Side. He was a Minneapolis elementary school principal and assistant director of alternative learning programs for the St. Paul School District befor e being named president of Neighborhood House in 2008.

The Neighborhood House board will develop a process in the coming weeks to find a new leader. The St. Paul nonprofit provides services to more than 15,000 people each year at the Wellstone Center and five other sites in the city.