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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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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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RACCy Olympics Partners with Opportunity House

Posted on Monday, October 17, 2016
By: Opportunity House
Categories: Spotlights

Every year, Reading Area Community College, otherwise known as RACC, holds RACCy Olympics in order to raise money for a local organization. The idea behind RACCy Olympics is to "learn through service" and assist the college’s local community "through fundraising efforts." In accordance with every prior year, RACC has chosen to partner with Opportunity House for 2016-17. Opportunity House,...

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Knitting Together Friendships, Volunteer Spotlight: Bev Sanders

Posted on Monday, October 17, 2016
By: Opportunity House
Categories: Spotlights

Bev Sanders, of Hamburg, PA has been knitting since her mother taught her when she was a child. Bev has been donating her time to Opportunity House since 2012. Sanders began volunteering at Opportunity House after she visited with a group from her hometown. After visiting with that group, Ms. Nancy, asked her if she would be interested volunteering with the children in the Second Street...

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Volunteer Spotlight: Leah Carter's Family

Posted on Monday, August 8, 2016
By: Opportunity House
Categories: Spotlights

Ten-year-old Leah Carter along with her mother Heather, contacted Opportunity House a few weeks ago about wanting to serve lunch to our residents. Each week we have generous volunteer groups come to the shelter and donate their time and energy by serving meals. However, Leah’s story is extra special. Earlier this summer, Leah and her mother had an experience with a homeless person in the...

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Client Success Story: Jeremy Winchester

Posted on Monday, August 8, 2016
By: Opportunity House
Categories: Spotlights

Six years ago, Jeremy Winchester, a 29-year-old from Reading, Pennsylvania, found himself homeless with no place to go. "They just kind of picked me up off my feet," Winchester remarks about his time at Opportunity House. Winchester took shelter at Opportunity House for a year while he worked to get himself back on his feet. He found himself helping out in the kitchen, picking up donations and...

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