Welcoming Them On Their First Night At Opportunity House

For many, Opportunity House stands as the last resort, a beacon of hope when life takes an unexpected turn. Whether evicted from their homes, escaping from a troubled relationship, or simply facing an uncertain future, our doors open wide to those seeking refuge and support. As an emergency homeless shelter, we understand the emotional and daunting process of seeking help, and we are here to ease the transition and restore dignity for our clients.

Creating a Welcoming Haven

Opportunity House - emergency shelterStepping into Opportunity House can be an overwhelming experience for someone who has never faced homelessness. The fear of the unknown lingers as they knock on our door, unsure of what awaits them. To ease their apprehensions, we prioritize providing the basics that make their journey from homelessness to emergency shelter less stressful.

Restoring Dignity – The First Step

When clients arrive, many carry their belongings in a backpack or bag, their lifelines in the midst of chaos. Often, they haven’t had access to showers or laundry for days, leaving them feeling disconnected and disheartened. At Opportunity House, we understand the importance of restoring dignity from the moment they step in. Essential toiletries and access to showers are readily provided, offering a sense of renewal and hope. Moreover, clean clothing is available, serving as a stepping stone towards feeling better about themselves.

A Sense of Home Away from Home

pexels lumn 282892Creating a warm and nurturing environment is crucial to our mission. We believe that the journey from homelessness to stable housing begins with a sense of belonging. Sheets, blankets, and towels are offered, providing a touch of comfort and familiarity. These items can serve as symbols of hope, and clients are welcome to keep them as they progress in their journey beyond the shelter.

Supporting Diverse Needs

At Opportunity House, we embrace diversity and inclusivity. Each year, over 500 clients, including women, children, pregnant women, disabled individuals, and senior citizens, seek solace within our walls. We recognize the unique challenges they face and tailor our services to cater to their individual needs, ensuring that everyone finds a safe and supportive space.

A Future Transformed – Thanks to Your Support

Our work would not be possible without the generous support of compassionate individuals like you. Your contributions enable us to continue providing vital services, empowering our clients to embrace change and work towards a more stable and fulfilling future.

Conclusion

Opportunity House is more than just a homeless shelter; it is a sanctuary of hope and support. We understand the challenges our clients face, and we are dedicated to easing their journey from homelessness to stable housing. With your continued support, we will be the guiding light for those seeking a fresh start and a brighter future. Together, we can make a lasting impact in the lives of those in need.

Ways to get involved at Opportunity House

  • Financial Support – donate HERE
  • Volunteer – get information on serving dinner, joining a committee and other volunteer opportunities HERE
  • Attend one of our events – attending an Opportunity Event allows you to learn more about Opportunity House and show your support all while having a great time.
  • Donate unused items – donating to the OppShop not only keeps items from going to landfills, it also provides jobs for our clients, raises money to support the shelter and offers low cost essentials for those who need them.
  • Come take a tour. To really understand the impact your support can make, call the shelter at 610-374-4696 and schedule a tour.

Opportunity House is a non-profit organization in Reading, PA, that offers those experiencing homelessness a safe place to live while they rebuild their lives.  Our Success Stories share inspiring stories of our client’s journey from homelessness to finding stability, safety, and security after leaving the emergency shelter. 

SUCCESS STORY

A Letter of Appreciation from Sandy Z

Hear in Sandy's own words how Opportunity House got him back on his feet and how the S.M.I.L.E. program continues to expand her life skills.