Success Stories

Navy Veteran Charts a New Course

Robert Nelson admits he was a tough kid. The tenth child of eleven siblings, Robert’s parents served as role models of perseverance and determination.  His mother cleaned houses and his father worked in the coal mines of northern Pennsylvania and the Steam Heat Plant...

A Spirit of Independence

 For John Ritter, being one of six siblings in a family with a loving mother and father who was a general surgeon seemed  like an idyllic life. But sometimes the things we love the most, hold us back from reaching our full potential. After growing up in the...

Energized and Redirected

“Live the best years of your life,” is Robert Hawkins mantra.  This 63-year-old Army veteran is full of energy and still has plenty of goals for himself. In 1977, Robert enrolled in the Army and began his career as a small weapons specialist and ended his six year...

A Veteran Who Served Others

A Spirit of Service Elliot Morales' life is focused on serving others. He volunteered to join the Army where he was in air defense artillery, identifying enemy planes. After receiving an Associate’s degree from Reading Area Community College, he pursued a  Bachelor’s...

Getting Your Sweet Rewards

As a son of both Navy and Army Vietnam veterans, James Watts volunteered to join the Navy he graduated from North Penn High School in Lansdale, PA.  He quickly learned that Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm would provide an opportunity to learn new...

Client Success Story: Sgt. Corrin Mack

During April 2020, as the first wave of the pandemic hit, Corrin Mack was stuck. Bad. The Army veteran had deployed to Afghanistan and Kandahar Province. She’d earned a Bronze Star Medal and been promoted to sergeant on the battlefield. She was smart and resourceful...

Donor Spotlight: Roy and Eleanor Klock

Roy and Eleanor have always lived a life of service to others. Married 64 years, with two children, the couple has donated their time and treasure to Opportunity House for 27 years! Roy, a retired teacher, learned about us when he began to drive veterans from...

Volunteer Spotlight: Marge Vath, our “Pillow Lady”

Back in 2012, Marge Vath bought a sleep number bed. The store wanted to sell her pillows, and gave her a bunch to try. “What do you do with the pillows people don’t like?” she asked the store managers. “They’re thrown out,” they replied. Marge is a big recycler—“If it...

Volunteer Spotlight Jennifer Dinatally

When did you start to volunteer at OppHouse? I started to think about doing “something” in the community 6 or 7 years ago. Because I love to cook, and food is love to me, I really felt pulled to serve meals here. I finally stopped procrastinating and signed up for my...