Opportunity House Reading
430 North Second Street
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Reading, PA 19612
Class of Housing/Services: Transitional Housing, shelter, counseling for individuals and families.
Originally housed in church basements, the shelter (then called The Reading Emergency Shelter) first opened in November 1984 to provide a hot meal and safe place for the homeless to sleep. This was a community response to the fact that two homeless people died on the streets of Reading in the winters of 1981 and 1982. Today, the shelter provides an array of services to help homeless individuals and families become self-sufficient once more. We maintain our original mission as an emergency shelter by opening our doors from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. for what is known as "Code Blue." This begins once the temperature drops below freezing and lasts roughly through the beginning of April, as long as it is warm enough outside. The emergency shelter contains 75 beds, providing space for 40 men and 35 women and children. Last year, we served 457 people, with an average of 60 people in the shelter each night. Although there is not a required length of time that clients must stay, our most successful clients typically reside here between 30 and 120 days. In 2014, 13 out of 18 families (72%), 21 of 39 single women (53%), and 36 of 62 single men (56%) who engaged in our services for over 30 days successfully transitioned back into the community. Residents are expected to regularly meet with their case manager in order to develop a plan that will help them achieve this self-sufficiency.
Opportunity House is a multi-service organization that improves the quality of life for children, adults and families who face various obstacles, and supports their efforts to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency and well being.
SERVICES -Counseling -Money Management -Transportation -Treatment -Learning Center -Aftercare
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