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Opportunity House response to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

Effective Monday March 31, 2020, these are the policies Opportunity House will enforce during the COVID-19 Outbreak. Please recognize that the situation is fluid and these policies may be modified as needed. Thank you for your thoughts and support as together we navigate through these challenging times. 

THE SHELTER
The shelter will be closed from 12:00 pm until 6:00 pm daily so we can disinfect and deep clean all community areas.
There will be no new admissions until further notice.

All clients need to enter from the rear of the building via the shelter entrance. There aren’t to be any clients entering at the main entrance until further notice.

We are asking our volunteer cooking groups to continue to prepare their meals as scheduled. If this is possible, we are then asking that you deliver the meal to the shelter and leave it to our staff and clients to prepare and serve.

All clients and employees will have their temperature taken upon entering the building.
Clients will need to contact their case managers via phone. Should a client need to see their case manager, they will meet in the dayroom or the women’s dormitory. The community service afternoon program will be discontinued until further notice. 

We are asking any agency representatives that have clients residing here would refrain from coming into the building to meet with your client. Please meet in an outside venue. Our community garden will be closed.

If you have any questions or require additional clarification, please contact Delia McLendon, Shelter and Housing Director at dmclendon@opphouse.org 

SECOND STREET LEARNING CENTER

Gov. Wolf extended the closures for Berks County to June 4, 2020.  Childcare centers must have permission to reopen from the Pennsylvania State government.  We will provide information as it becomes available.  Thank you for understanding.

CHILDREN’S ALLIANCE CENTER

Effective May 11, 2020, the Children’s Alliance Center is open on a daily basis. Referrals to the center are made by Children & Youth Services and law enforcement. Any questions or concerns may be addressed by contacting Ro Gonzalez, the case manager/victim advocate at 610-898-0535 ext.4.  You may also call Melissa Haydt, Vice President, at 484-269-6566. When a forensic interview is scheduled, we ask that only 1 adult bring in only the child to be interviewed. Everyone entering the center must wear a mask. Everyone coming to the center will have their temperature checked at the door. If anyone has a slight inkling of an illness or fever, the forensic interview will be rescheduled. The use of therapy dogs has temporarily been discontinued.

 

SUPPORTIVE SERVICES FOR VETERANS AND FAMILIES

Community outreach throughout Berks, Schuylkill, and Lancaster counties continues to be suspended.
Case Managers continue to provide services via email and telephone calls. We are planning to return to the Berks & Schuylkill County offices and meet with Veterans by appointment only, Monday, June 1, 2020.
Temporary Financial Assistance continues to be provided and we have recently received additional “CARES Funding” in light of the COVID19 Crisis. Veterans scheduled for medical/dental/psychological appointments at the Lebanon VA Hospital will continue to be transported as needed.  Call VA’s Telephone Care Line 24/7 at 717-272-6621 & press 3 for any additional assistance needed.  Any additional questions regarding SSVF should be made to Rhonda Bates, Program Director at rbates@opphouse.org or by calling 610-457-1134.

 

REUSE/RECYCLE PROGRAM
OppShop is OPEN Friday, June 5 from 10 am-7 pm, and thereafter Tuesdays through Saturdays. Masks required. Pop in on the 5th for our surprise "Opening Day" sale! We will once again begin accepting donations from 10am-6pm at the back of the store.  Picking up donations at homes and businesses is suspended until further notice. Donations can still be made at one of our donation bins located throughout Berks County.  Anyone requesting additional information or clarification should contact Modesto Fiume, President at mfiume@opphouse.org.

 

All media requests should be forwarded to Kate Alley, Chief Development Officer at kalley@opphouse.org.

 

Wine Women and Shoes is Going Virtual! No cost registration at opphouse.givesmart.com!

Please join us online for our virtual Wine Women and Shoes event.  Logon at no cost to www.opphouse.givesmart.com! Vote for our fabulous shoe guys. Bid on our auction items, buy a key to the closet, and enter our best in shoe competition. We will be online June 22nd-June 27th with a live happy hour June 27th from 5-6pm.

 

 

 

 

OppShop is reopening, Friday June 5th!

OppShop is OPEN Friday, June 5 from 10 am-7 pm, and thereafter Tuesdays through Saturdays. Masks required. Pop in on the 5th for our surprise "Opening Day" sale! We will once again begin accepting donations from 10am-6pm at the back of the store. Pick ups at homes and businesses are currently suspended.  

 

Golf outing rescheduled for July 13th at the Berkshire Country Club!

Enjoy a day of Social Distancing Golf Play while supporting Opportunity House at the Berkshire Country Club.  

We will be scheduled tee times starting at 11 am scheduled 12 minutes apart.  Each tee time will have 2 Foursomes teeing off on holes 1 and 10. 

Golf Outing fee includes:  Green fee, golf cart, box lunch and the use of the driving range.


Click here to for more details and to register. 

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Opportunity House

430 North 2nd Street
Reading, PA 19601

Phone: (610) 374.4696
Fax: (610) 374.3165

Email: info@opphouse.org

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