Opportunity House Core Values Champion: Richard

Core Values Champion Debbie Colon

Thank you Richard for being a Core Values Champion!  Living our Core Values makes everyday better for those we work with and those we serve.

Name: Richard

Title:  forklift driver, warehouse

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

Living Our Core Values:  Richard is fastidious in his work ethic and always willing to help those in need. He restores dignity by helping those in need select items they can use and finds satisfaction in knowing he has made a difference in their lives.  He enjoys working with clients leaving the shelter to get the items they need as they move into stable housing.

He is reliable and dependable.  He ALWAYS has a pleasant demeanor and is willing to go above and beyond.   He is a true team player



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.


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