Opportunity House Core Values Champion: Araika

Core Values Champ Araika

Celebrating Araika, our Core Value Champion for Opportunity House. Thank you Araika for demonstrating our Core Values in your work!

Name: Araika

Title:  Morning Shift SupervisorSecond Street Learning Center

Core Value Demonstrated: #3  We know the power of going above and beyond.

Living our core values: When the Learning Center does not have a bus driver, Arika will use her own vehicle and make several trips to be sure the children don’t miss out on their field trips. 

She figures out the logistics and bus routes to ensure that all students get to school on time.  With students going to over 15 different schools this is a big help.

She planned multiple trips for the Early Learning Center students who attended summer camp.  She coordinated all the details for visit to the Crayola Factory, Zoo America, Crystal Cave, Lake Tobias, and the various parks they visited throughout the summer..

 

More About Opportunity House
Discover the Heart of Compassion in Reading, PA, with Opportunity House—an unwavering beacon of hope and care for the homeless. Since its establishment in 1984, Opportunity House has stood as a steadfast pillar of support for the most vulnerable members of our community. It extends a welcoming refuge to men, women, children, families, and veterans alike. Our mission goes beyond providing mere emergency shelter; we are committed to offering temporary housing and essential pathways to supportive and permanent homes throughout Berks County, PA.

But we do more than just give shelter. We also help young minds at the Second Street Learning Center with our Keystone 4 Star quality early learning programs. Catering to infants as young as 6 weeks old up to children aged 13, our year-round center provides a comprehensive educational experience We believe in setting up kids for success, with after-school care, fun summer camps, and support for their feelings. This helps make a better future for the kids in our community.

We also care about the environment. With our Reuse and Recycle program, we’re proud to stop more than 1,000,000 pounds of waste from going into landfills. This shows how much we want to help. There’s also OppShop – a thrift store at 3045 N. 5th Street Highway in Muhlenberg. You can find used clothes for everyone in the family, plus furniture, things for the house, baking stuff, and small appliances. All of these things need a new home.

And guess what? When you buy things from OppShop, you’re helping us help others. The money we get goes right into programs that help homeless people, even veterans who don’t have a home in Berks County. So, when you take something home from OppShop, you’re making a change, helping things get better, and being part of a community that cares. Come join Opportunity House and let’s make stories better, build futures, and create a caring and hopeful community together.

Extend your hand to Opportunity House as we rewrite narratives, forge destinies, and weave a rich tapestry of care and hope for all.

SUCCESS STORY

From Chronic Homelessness to Chronically Hopeful-Opportunity House

“I wanted to come to a shelter and get myself right on my own terms.”  This has been the guiding light for Joey’s journey from chronic homelessness to stable housing. For Joey and his sibling, chronic homelessness was a way of life for nearly a decade. After graduating from high school, Joey enrolled at Cedar […]