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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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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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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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Volunteer Spotlight: Leah Carter's Family

Posted on Monday, August 08, 2016
By: Opportunity House
Categories: Spotlights

Ten-year-old Leah Carter along with her mother Heather, contacted Opportunity House a few weeks ago about wanting to serve lunch to our residents. Each week we have generous volunteer groups come to the shelter and donate their time and energy by serving meals. However, Leah’s story is extra special. Earlier this summer, Leah and her mother had an experience with a homeless person in the...

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Client Success Story: Jeremy Winchester

Posted on Monday, August 08, 2016
By: Opportunity House
Categories: Spotlights

Six years ago, Jeremy Winchester, a 29-year-old from Reading, Pennsylvania, found himself homeless with no place to go. "They just kind of picked me up off my feet," Winchester remarks about his time at Opportunity House. Winchester took shelter at Opportunity House for a year while he worked to get himself back on his feet. He found himself helping out in the kitchen, picking up donations and...

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Volunteer Spotlight: Maria Lilley

Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2016
By: Opportunity House
Categories: Spotlights

Starting when Maria was a seventh grader, sixteen-year-old Maria Lilley has been designing, creating and selling hand crafted cards to family, friends and community members. Her inspiration and motivation behind such an artistic venture began when she first visited Opportunity House many years ago with her preschool teacher, Susan Harenza. For the past five years, Maria has used the...

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Volunteer Spotlight: The Gerace Siblings

Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2016
By: Angela Cremer
Categories: Spotlights

At the end of last summer, Forbes’ contributor Nicole Leinbach-Reyhle reported that some parents were spending more than $1,000 dollars on back to school supplies. If you ask Matthew Gerace, a rising tenth grader at Lancaster Country Day School, spending this large sum of money is unnecessary. “I remember when I was in sixth grade, and I would see different people just throwing...

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Client Profile: John Grundowski

Posted on Thursday, January 21, 2016
By: Angela Cremer
Categories: Spotlights

      John Grundowski, age 54, is a lifelong resident of Berks County. At the age of 9, Grundowski and his eight siblings lost their mother to cancer, and he and his youngest brother spent the rest of their childhood in foster homes and child care. Grundowski attended both Central Catholic and Muhlenberg school districts. Although he has been a...

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