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Opportunity House in Reading wins grant for food pantry

Berks County Community Foundation announced Thursday that it has awarded a $26,200 grant to Opportunity House to renovate a loading dock to create a food pantry at the shelter at 430 N. Second St. The project will provide much-needed fresh produce, dairy, and meat to...

Volunteer Spotlight Jennifer Dinatally

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...

Spotlight on a Long Time Donor: Quaker Maid Meats

“We live here, we give here.” —Serge Szortyka, President, Quaker Maid Meats How 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...

From Homelessness to Homeowners

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,”...

What Opportunity House Does for Vets

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,...

Client Profile: John Grundowski

John Grundowski, age 54, is a lifelong resident of Berks County. At the age of 9, Grundowski and his eight siblings lost their mother to cancer, and he and his youngest brother spent the rest of their childhood in foster homes and child care. Grundowski attended both...

Volunteer Spotlight: Santo Ferrarello

Santo Ferrarello was born in Sicily, Italy and moved to America in 1954 when he was seven. He describes himself as a "city kid from Philadelphia." In 1972, Santo moved to Reading to work for Gilbert Associates, which is now Worley Parsons on Route 10. It was here that...