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Opportunity House / Vacaville Social Services Corporation

Rating: 4.88 stars   8 reviews 616

Nonprofit Issues:

Homeless & Housing, Human Services

Address:

PO Box 6593 Vacaville CA 95696 USA

Mission:

To provide a safe, secure, drug-free and helpful environment for homeless participants to use as a springboard to self-sufficiency and to a productive lifestyle in the community.

Target demographics:

homeless families.

Geographic areas served:

Solano County

Programs:

Emergency Shelter, Work to Housing, Transitional Housing, Budgeting classes, Parenting classes, Job skills classes.

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Reviews for Opportunity House / Vacaville Social Services Corporation

Rating: 4 stars  

I love the OHouse Thrift Store!!

I donate there regularly and love that: 1) it's a local spot and everything stays local, 2) they take anything, and 3) the folks that work the drop off zone are always there with a smile and willing to help you unload your car. Doesn't hurt that it's a tax write-off, either ;-)

As for shopping, I've found some screaming deals on furniture, house goods, as well as costume clothes. You can't beat the prices at any other Vacaville thrift shop.

I also decorate a mini-tree every year for the Festival of Trees. I LOVE shopping here for my tree decor ... and the fact that they give anything from the store to you for free (if it's for your tree) totally helps.

Thanks, Ohouse!!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I have donated here and sometimes I shop here, the people are always friendly and most importantly your donation stays local!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

It has been an amazing experience working with other volunteers in order to make Opportunity House such a success. So many dedicated professionals in Vacaville offer their expertise to make this life-changing program possible. Everyone is so blessed to hear how so many of the clients are able to find work soon after moving into the Opportunity House and to learn of parents being reunited with their children.

As others have shared, the Opportunity House Thrift Store is a great place for rummaging and finding good deals, especially on the third Sunday of the month - discount Sunday. In addition, there are the semi-annual jewelry days that are my favorite. The best part about the thrift store, though, is knowing it all goes to a great cause, supporting one of the best homeless/transitional programs in the country.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I shop at the Vacaville Opportunity House Thrift Store on Peabody Rd. in Vacaville almost every week because it's FUN to find useful, clever, beautiful and crazy things that enrich my family's life and make us smile. I'm always on "the hunt" for certain treasures, and I am never disappointed because eventually I WILL find them at Opportunity House. The staff is good-humored and friendly and the cashier near the door calls out a welcome every time I show up. I guess you can tell I love shopping there. I do.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

It's hard to think of anything to improve the thrift store, but maybe there could be "mark-down" items in a shopping basket to intrigue shoppers. ALSO, I have always wished that the "Third Sunday 40 Percent off the Price Day could be on a different day because I am at church on Sunday and so I don't shop that day.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

For several years now, I've been a volunteer at the Vacaville Opportunity House Thrift Store, located on Peabody Road in Vacaville, CA. This thrift store is amazing in that it has so many clubs, individuals, organizations, churches, youth groups, etc. that give their time and donations to make this a success. The proceeds to to support a homeless shelter in Vacaville. The Festival of Trees was established to also support the Opportunity House. This is one of the best functions at Christmas time. The number of families and individuals that the homeless shelter has helped over the years is very impressive. People have found support in a variety of ways, not just a place to stay. They have received medical aid, housing, transitional housing, help writng resumes, help finding jobs, etc. I have no regrets about choosing the Opportunity House to volunteer, as it's an amazing organization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

They continue to make improvements to the thrift shop, and new volunteers are always welcome and have ideas on how to change things for the better. The store is more organized and neater than it was when they first moved in. I'd continue to make shopping there easier for the customers by putting like items together in the same place all the time and maybe labeling the sections for convenience to both shoppers and workers.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been volunteering at the Vacaville Opportunity House Thrift Store for several years now, and I've seen it grow from the small store on Main Street in downtown Vacaville to it's much larger location on Peabody Road. There is always a huge variety of merchandise; you never know what will be donated. The prices are reasonable, and they often have sales for different occasions, a Senior day on Tuesdays, and a 40% off sale on a Sunday at the end of the month. There are some paid employees, but there are also a lot of volunteers at both the thrift store and the shelter, as well as a board of hard working people. The proceeds go to support the new homeless shelter that is located on Bennett Hill Court in Vacaville. It's a wonderful house that was built with donations and a lot of materials and physical help by the community. I know it has made a huge difference in many people's lives, and I'm proud to be a small part of their success. They have done wonders for our community by helping the homeless find shelter, housing, jobs, and confidence. The Festival of Trees donates thousands of dollars each year to Opportunity House, and many youth groups volunteer their time. It's an amazing success story, and people are invited to visit the shelter and see for themselves how it all works.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

It's difficult to keep a thrift store with so many different volunteers working very neat. It's a challenge, but I'd probably try to set it up more like a consignment store or retail store where all similar items are located together to make shopping easier.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I love the Opportunity House,this is the place to go for us on SS, I find some great deals on things I couldn't afford if I bought new, I am in the store at least twice a week, great and friendly personnel, and volunteers working there, Have been going here for the past 7 years, ,way back when they had the small store...keep up the good work,,we need you Shirley

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hang up the pants by the waist, not the hip,,like it used to be

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Becoming homeless in most cases is not an individuals choice, and it is because of non profits like the Vacaville Opportunity house that people in our community have a place to turn to when needed. The Opportunity House is by far the best non profit in the fine city of Vacaville, serving those in their greatest time of need. I feel blessed each and every day that I am able to contribute to the growing changes in peoples lives, and always keep in perspective the role that this house is playing in helping implement these changes. The Opportunity House is so much more than a non profit business, as it serves the entire community in many ways on an individual level. The staff and board members are caring and compassionate people who believe in the common good of the people that they serve. I consider myself truly lucky to be a part of this organization and look forward to the growing changes that will define this company, employees, clients, and the community they serve. ~ Shaun C.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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