Success Stories

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...

Spotlight on a Long Time Donor: Quaker Maid Meats

“We live here, we give here.” —Serge Szortyka, President, Quaker Maid Meats How and when did Quaker Maid get involved with Opportunity House? We’ve been donors since 1995, when your organization was still The Reading Berks Emergency Shelter. We wanted to help a local...

From Homelessness to Homeowners

Several years ago, their eyes locked across the garden area where our clients relax. Kevin had arrived at the shelter first; Monica, a month later. It was love at first sight, and their feelings were definitely not encouraged. “You’re not supposed to date here,”...

What Opportunity House Does for Vets

The world had seemingly given up on Scott, a Navy veteran. But with your help, Scott built a new life from scratch: a rewarding job, his own little place, and a meaningful, productive life. After a normal life and 20 years of full-time employment in warehouse work,...

Client Spotlight: Maria Torres

Drugs didn’t break her. Nor did a tumultuous relationship or a health scare. Smart and articulate, Maria is a survivor. It just took her a minute to find her stride.                 Maria, 43, grew up in Reading with her mother and two sisters. When she was 26, her...

President’s Letter

Dear Friends, This year we have much to be thankful for and many people to thank. We had a high school group called Berks Youth in Action raise $19,000 through their Rave Dance that 500 students attended. Steve Moyer Subaru raised $21,155 for us through their Share...

Using Healthcare to Give Back to Community

Using Healthcare to Give Back to Community By: Travis Hoshauer In 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...

Client Success Profile

Success Story: Timmica Alexander Timmica Alexander, mother of five, currently works at the Warehouse for OppShop. Alexander currently resides in a transitional housing unit across the street from Opportunity House. Alexander said, "[Opportunity House] helped me get...

Cuts For A Cause

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...