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From Angry Kid to Goal-Driven Man

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017
By: Julia VanTine
Categories: Spotlights

Growing up in Brooklyn, 30-year-old Marquis Solomon had smarts and a large, stable family. But months before his ninth birthday, his father passed away. The loss left this bright little boy with a sense of abandonment that turned to rage. “I felt that I hadn’t had enough time with him,” says Marquis. Even his strong family unit couldn’t ease...

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Bonnie Smith Balances Our Books, New Job, New Life

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017
By: Julia VanTine
Categories: Spotlights

Bonita Jo “Bonnie” Smith moved to Berks County from Chester County this summer.  Along with a new home, the accountant embraced a new challenge: keeping the books for a non-profit organization. Having worked for a local township, her new position “is a challenge, but a fun one,” she says.
Outside of work, Bonnie spends family time with DJ, her...

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For Our Kids in the Women’s Shelter, a Back to School Bonanza

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017
By: Julia VanTine
Categories: Spotlights

For most kids, September means sharp new clothes, backpacks, and supplies. Thanks to our two local benefactors Jennifer Dinatally and Lauren Swartz, our kids in the Women’s Shelter hit the classroom in style. Jennifer,
a realtor at United Real Estate—Strive 212 in Wyomissing gathered the goodies with a friend, with “colleagues, friends and other co-conspirators...

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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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New Year, New Hope!

Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2017
By: Kate Alley
Categories: Spotlights

Shelly Murphy, Case Management Director who has worked at Opportunity House for 17 years explained, "I think its in my blood, I've always liked to help people and never liked bullying." Shelly regularly spends time with her clients after work drinking coffee on the porch and we joined them recently to learn more about their stories and their connection to Opportunity House. Charles is a veteran...

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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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