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From Homelessness to Homeowners

Posted on Thursday, June 6, 2019
By: Julia VanTine
Categories: Spotlights

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,” Monica says. But they had so much in common, it was tough not to open up to each other. Both married and...

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Spotlight on a Long Time Donor: Quaker Maid Meats

Posted on Thursday, June 6, 2019
By: Julia VanTine
Categories: Spotlights

“We live here, we give here.”
—Serge Szortyka, President, Quaker Maid MeatsHow 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 nonprofit that provided emergency shelter to those in need, especially in the winter months.Twenty-four years...

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Volunteer Spotlight Jennifer Dinatally

Posted on Thursday, June 6, 2019
By: Julia VanTine
Categories: Spotlights

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 first meals five years ago. I’ve cooked here monthly ever since.In the past year, you’ve served in so...

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What Opportunity House Does for Vets

Posted on Monday, November 26, 2018
By: Julia VanTine
Categories: Spotlights

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, I’d lost my job. It was only a matter of time before I was evicted from my place. So I made the trip from Hamburg to...

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Board of Directors Spotlight: Julie Ravis

Posted on Wednesday, May 2, 2018
By: Julia VanTine
Categories: Spotlights

This Stevens & Lee attorney joined our board last November, thanks to a colleague already active in a number of local charitable organizations. He knew Julie wanted to expand her community involvement. When Opportunity House board member Carol Miller called to ask him to recommend an attorney for a vacant board seat, he thought of Julie.
After touring the shelter, Learning Center, and...

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Client Spotlight: Maria Torres

Posted on Thursday, November 2, 2017
By: Julia VanTine
Categories: Spotlights

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 mother passed away, “and that was the beginning of my drug spiral.” She started smoking marijuana and progressed to harder...

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President's Letter

Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2017
By: Opportunity House
Categories: Spotlights

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 the Love Campaign and donated 20 laptop computers for the Second Street Learning and Technology Center. Our new event, Wine Women and...

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Using Healthcare to Give Back to Community

Posted on Thursday, December 1, 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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Client Success Profile:

Posted on Thursday, November 17, 2016
By: Opportunity House
Categories: Spotlights

Success Story: Timmica AlexanderTimmica 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 back on my feet, I lost everything. It helped me financially, mentally, and physically. It gave me a fresh start." Timmica is...

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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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Reading, PA 19601

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