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Rediscovered Hope

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

With her life in chaos, Tammica, a mother of three, didn’t know where to turn for help. But with your generous support, she’s built a stable home for herself and her children – and has rediscovered hope.
I was in a bad relationship, and it was 10 years of craziness. Some problems I brought on myself, but I didn’t want my kids to suffer for them. I did what was best...

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Affordability vs Excellence?

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

When it comes to child care, too many Berks County families must choose between affordability and excellence. Because of your generosity, this family has both — and appreciates its emphasis on learning and fun! The teachers and aides who care for our children are like family. I know they’re in good hands when they’re here.
Our children are 12, 8, 4, and 2, and for us, the...

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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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A Long Road Home

Posted on Tuesday, November 06, 2018
By: Julia VanTine
Categories: Spotlights

Most mornings, Joe’s outside, scoping out the sidewalks and side streets around the shelter. The trash he finds—paper cups, snack-food wrappers, cigarette butts—goes into a black plastic bag. No one told him he had to. But he’s been doing it since April 2017, when a Shillington cop drove him and his sister Lisa here because you can’t live on a bench in the park. Trash detail...

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Board of Directors Spotlight: Julie Ravis

Posted on Wednesday, May 02, 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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You Can't Keep A Good Man Down: Richard's Story

Posted on Thursday, February 08, 2018
By: Julia VanTine
Categories: Spotlights

You can work hard and play by the rules, and homelessness happens anyway. Ask Richard. He worked his whole life and held a good city job until six years ago. At age 48, ill health and an injury turned his life upside down.
               But there is good news. This gentle, humble man has found a home at our House, along with hope that he’ll...

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