- For one night at Opportunity House in Reading, pasta primavera, Tuscan chicken and bruschetta are all on the menu. It's a "5-star dining" experience for the homeless, thanks to students from Penn State Berks.
Students decorate the dining room and serve the clients," said Autumn Fritz, the director of community development at PSU Berks. About 20 students volunteered to chop, prep and serve the meals to the clients of the shelter Tuesday. Fritz said the clients "have never been shy about their gratitude when we've been here for any of our dinners." Three full courses, center pieces and decor are part of the experience, one that school officials said helps the students just as much as the clients. "I think the students really get a better understanding of the people they're serving," said Fritz. http://www.wfmz.com/news/berks/readings-homeless-treated-to-5-star-dining-experience/421080970
Our president, Modesto Fiume, OppShop employee Janery Gonzales and Maricherly Lantigua, a teacher's aide at our Second Street Learning Center, had the honor of being guests on Mariela Jurado's show, El Centro Hispano. Tune in at 32 minutes to see how Opportunity House helps the greater Reading community, specifically through our new retail thrift store, OppShop, and our Second Street Learning Center and Daycare. The video is available in a viewer-friendly bilingual format here: http://www.clipsyndicate.com/video/play/6480712
- Jill Horner speaks with Kate Alley, VP Development at Opportunity House, about the importance of its homeless shelter and 24-hour daycare center. Also discussed, its annual Souper Bowl, scheduled for April 18, 2016.
- In September 2011, the Technology Center opened at the Second Street Learning Center with the help of our generous community. As the only learning center in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that is open 24/7 to support the needs of low-income family, the Second Street Learning Center helps many parents obtain and maintain employment. In 2015 alone, we served 476 children between the ages of six weeks and 13 years, of which 98% came from families at or below the poverty level.
Take an inside look at the Second Street Learning Center: