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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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Volunteer Spotlight: Holly Hartshorne's Warm-Up Act

Posted on Tuesday, December 05, 2017
By: Julia VanTine
Categories: Spotlights


In August 2012, in the midst of the Great Recession, Holly Hartshorne lost her job at a small local company. The loss was traumatic; at age 57, the marketing professional wasn’t hopeful about landing another.But before the end of that difficult year, she’d gained something priceless: a purpose. We gained something, too: a dedicated volunteer.Facing the prospect of...

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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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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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Cuts For A Cause

Posted on Monday, November 14, 2016
By: Angela Cremer
Categories: Spotlights

    This past August, one of our residents, Monica, told our Marketing and Development Coordinator, Kristen Orgera, that they would most enjoy it if we could plan a spa day for the women in our shelter. This planted a seed that has since sprouted thanks to Orgera and the help of two Communications interns from Albright College, Travis Hoshauer and Emily...

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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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The Swartz Family-A Family Devoted to Giving Back and Working Together

Posted on Thursday, September 15, 2016
By: Opportunity House
Categories: Spotlights

A number of years ago Lauren Swartz, an elementary school teacher, mother, and wife, had an idea to create and donate what she calls "Birthday Boxes" to families who could not afford to celebrate their children’s birthdays in a big way. Lauren sought out Opportunity House where she was able to get in contact with one of our hard working Team members, Kathy. After brainstorming the idea a...

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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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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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