George Bolton has been appointed as Opportunity House Shelter Director. In this role, George is responsible for the daily operation of the homeless shelter and overseeing Opportunity House’s permanent housing programs.
A graduate of Exeter Township High School, Reiffton, Pennsylvania, George holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice from Kutztown University, Kutztown, Pennsylvania. He served as a Marine Corp Reservist for 17 years before being medically retired as a gunnery sergeant.
George has extensive experience in the Social Services sector including working as a family-based therapist for Salisbury Behavioral Health. Prior to joining Opportunity House, George worked in the Crisis Department of Service Access and Management (SAM) since 2011.
2022, George joined Opportunity House in April in the role of Permanent Housing Case Manager.
As Shelter Director, George looks forward to working directly with clients. He enjoys the fast-paced nature of the role. “Things happen at a very quick pace. I enjoy the tempo of the job,” adds George. His philosophy of meeting clients where they are and keeping things as simple as possible are critical in understanding the needs of the homeless in Berks County. “Homelessness has many facets, ”noted George. Homelessness is often a result of a variety of factors including mental health, addiction, psychosocial issues, family issues, trauma, and personal experiences. The team at Opportunity House is trained to address these needs and offer basic life skills and support to clients.
“We are delighted to have George at Opportunity House. His experience and skill set will help us continue to find innovative ways to reduce and eliminate the factors that contribute to homelessness,” said Modesto Fiume, President, Opportunity House.
When he’s not working, George enjoys listening to jazz music, especially Miles Davis. You’ll also find George at home in the kitchen making his signature dish of monk fish with coconut green curry or putting his spin on Italian, French, Asian or American cuisine.
Since 1987, Opportunity House has been providing shelter to the most vulnerable populations in Berks County. We have provided shelter and supportive housing to thousands of clients and tirelessly work to reduce and eliminate homelessness.
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