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Berks County Muralist Brings His Students to Our House to Make a Meal—and Art

Posted on Tuesday, December 05, 2017
By: Opportunity House
Categories: Spotlights

Around here, where there's a wall, Mike Miller has probably considered painting it. The Wyomissing High School art teacher has been spearheading public art projects in and around the city and Berks County for almost 15 years, including here at the House.Public art typically is displayed outside, for everyone to enjoy. It brings beauty and a human touch to what can be a cold, impersonal urban...

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Tagged:Second Street Learning Center, Volunteer


All About OppHouse - Rachel Arndt, Director, Supportive Services for Veteran Families

Posted on Thursday, March 16, 2017
By: Opportunity House
Categories: Spotlights

Rachael Arndt always wanted to be involved with helping the homeless. She said that she believes "everyone should have a home to call their own." As the program director for Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF), Rachael has achieved her goal of making an impact by becoming directly involved with ending homelessness. Rachael began at Opportunity House as an intern (as a matter of...

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All About OppHouse Rachel Arndt, Part 2

Posted on Thursday, March 16, 2017
By: Opportunity House
Categories: Spotlights


Michael Williams, a Schuylkill County native, stayed at Opportunity House for six weeks. "That place is great," Williams exclaimed when asked about his experience. He admits that he had no idea what to expect, but when he arrived he realized it was different from previous experiences.  It was not long before SSVF had set him up with an apartment. "At first, it was very empty,"...

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OppShop Offers Opportunities and Answered Prayers

Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2017
By: Opportunity House
Categories: Spotlights

After living in Virginia for over 12 years, Sheila Wiswesser moved back to her hometown of Reading, Pennsylvania. Things were different when she came back, more businesses had closed, and it was an everyday struggle to find a job. Frustrated with the lack of jobs available, Sheila recalls looking through the newspaper and pleading, "Just give me the opportunity to prove myself." At that moment,...

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A Souper-Bowl Full Of Success

Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2017
By: Opportunity House
Categories: Spotlights

By: Jami Gresh  This year’s Souper Bowl was the most successful to date with a crowd of over 400 people. The annual event, which raises funds for the Opportunity House and raises awareness of homelessness and hunger in our area, allows local restaurants to feature their signature soup while guests test-taste the soups and vote for their favorites. The lucky restaurant that wins first...

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President's Letter

Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2017
By: Opportunity House
Categories: Spotlights

Dear Friends,This year we have much to be thankful for and many people to thank. We had a high school group called Berks Youth in Action raise $19,000 through their Rave Dance that 500 students attended. Steve Moyer Subaru raised $21,155 for us through their Share the Love Campaign and donated 20 laptop computers for the Second Street Learning and Technology Center. Our new event, Wine Women and...

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Using Healthcare to Give Back to Community

Posted on Thursday, December 01, 2016
By: Opportunity House
Categories: Spotlights

Using Healthcare to Give Back to Community By: Travis HoshauerIn July of 2016, the Berks Community Health Center opened its doors to the community on the second floor of Opportunity House. Lisa Gooch, a Nurse Manager at Berks Community Health Center, oversees the daily operations of the clinic and takes care of patients. Alongside her job at Berks Community Health Center, Gooch also volunteers...

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Tagged:Volunteer


Client Success Profile:

Posted on Thursday, November 17, 2016
By: Opportunity House
Categories: Spotlights

Success Story: Timmica AlexanderTimmica Alexander, mother of five, currently works at the Warehouse for OppShop. Alexander currently resides in a transitional housing unit across the street from Opportunity House. Alexander said, "[Opportunity House] helped me get back on my feet, I lost everything. It helped me financially, mentally, and physically. It gave me a fresh start." Timmica is...

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RACCy Olympics Partners with Opportunity House

Posted on Monday, October 17, 2016
By: Opportunity House
Categories: Spotlights

Every year, Reading Area Community College, otherwise known as RACC, holds RACCy Olympics in order to raise money for a local organization. The idea behind RACCy Olympics is to "learn through service" and assist the college’s local community "through fundraising efforts." In accordance with every prior year, RACC has chosen to partner with Opportunity House for 2016-17. Opportunity House,...

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Knitting Together Friendships, Volunteer Spotlight: Bev Sanders

Posted on Monday, October 17, 2016
By: Opportunity House
Categories: Spotlights

Bev Sanders, of Hamburg, PA has been knitting since her mother taught her when she was a child. Bev has been donating her time to Opportunity House since 2012. Sanders began volunteering at Opportunity House after she visited with a group from her hometown. After visiting with that group, Ms. Nancy, asked her if she would be interested volunteering with the children in the Second Street...

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