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Opportunity Junction

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Employment Preparation & Procurement, Job Training, Vocational & Technical Schools

Mission: We believe that everyone who is willing to work hard deserves an opportunity to succeed. We exist to break the cycle of poverty. Our mission is to fight poverty by helping low-income Contra Costa residents gain the skills and confidence to get and keep jobs that support themselves and their families.

Results: During FY2018-19, our team enrolled 252 new job seekers in our core employment programs. They placed 162 new job seekers into initial employment, and another 51 alumni were supported in re-entering employment or earning a raise or promotion. Altogether, in all of our programs, we served 1,580 residents last year. Since we started tracking employment verification in 2010, our alumni have earned more than $67 million to support themselves and their families. Our five-year retention rate for the flagship Job Training and Placement Program, based on verified employment status, stands at 73%. Follow us on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/opportunityjunction/ Follow us on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/opportunity-junction/

Target demographics: motivated low-income job seekers facing addressable barriers to employment

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,580

Geographic areas served: Contra Costa County

Programs: 1. The Administrative Careers Training Program (formerly named the Job Training and Placement Program, or JTPP), which prepares participants for administrative careers by combining computer training with life skills, case management, paid experience, mental health services, career skills, job placement, and alumni services. 2. The Healthcare Career Pathway program, a partnership that combines Opportunity Junction's supports, case management, and professional development training with Certified Nursing Assistant training provided by Mt. Diablo Adult Education and informed by the input of Ombudsman Services and our private Skilled Nursing Facility partners. 3. Career Counseling and Placement Assistance (CCPA), offered in Bay Point in partnership with SparkPoint Contra Costa and in Antioch and at Los Medanos College in partnership with the Contra Costa Workforce Collaborative. 4. Road Map, helping youth aged 18-24 enroll and complete short-term job training, including Career Technical Education at Los Medanos College, then entering and retaining employment. 4. The evening Career and Technology Center, powered primarily by volunteers, offering the community free access to computers and the Internet, plus drop-in classes in software applications and English as a Second Language. 5. Do-It-Yourself Tax Assistance, which teaches taxpayers to prepare their own returns using and online interface.

Community Stories

95 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Opportunity Junction is an amazing place to work! The staff is supportive and they care deeply about the community they serve. Also, it is a privilege to be able to work each day with participants who are driven to meet both their personal and professional goals !

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am ecstatic to work alongside coworkers who are so intelligent and committed to helping the community in various ways. It's been truly eye-opening to how many services Opportunity Junction offers, and how we're a great source of information to all we serve.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Opportunity Junction helped me get my life back on track! It has been such an amazing opportunity and experience.

-Alumni

Client Served

Rating: 5

I worked with an amazing Career Counselor that helped me gained back the confidence I lost when I started to second guess my abilities. She was tough, straight-forward, but have a big heart with good intentions! I am so thankful that I was fortunate to work with a great motivator and a mentor by my side when I was going through a tough time in my life..

Board Member

Rating: 5

Opportunity Junction is a non profit that has continued to change the East Contra Costa County community and so many lives. I started out as a partner from the local community college, supporting them in developing a new workforce program, and now proudly serve a as board member. I believe that anyone who who is willing to put effort towards advancing themselves deserves the opportunity to do so and opportunity junction is incredibly successful in supporting so many looking to do so. Opportunity Junction not only supports job seekers with their addressable barriers, but job training, internship and job placement. I continue to be supportive of and impressed by the transformations they deliver.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Amazing organization that changes people's lives. They help each individual the way that helps that person. Their programs have proven effective with sustainable changes through stories and data.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Opportunity Junction truly touches the lives of those they serve, and has measurable results on top of it. They approach their programs with their clients in mind, what matters to them most and how can Opportunity Junction add even more value. Every story I hear from graduates brings me tears hearing how this institution has raised them up to become more confident and earn a livable wage. The mission and how the team executes on it is inspiring!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I joined Opportunity Junction earlier this year and I think it is one of the best career decisions that I have ever made. As a former university graduate admissions officer with a strong interest in serving the community and a passion for diversity, inclusion, and equitable opportunity, I was searching for a next career step that would allow me to utilize my skills and experience and live out my passion for serving the community. I could not have been more thrilled when I found Opportunity Junction. The moment I walked in the doors of this inviting, light-filled office and received a warm welcome, I knew that I was someplace special. Every moment that has followed has been just as delightful. Everything about Opportunity Junction is amazing; trainees, interns, alumni and staff alike are people of passion and purpose, striving to achieve new levels of success, personally and professionally, all with good humor, positivity, and a ready willingness to lend a hand to others in need and all with no cost to our participants. I feel so blessed to be a part of OpportunityJunction.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I went through the administrative program and learned many skills at Opportunity Junction. They really care about your progress and go the extra mile to help you succeed. Opportunity Junction has many wonderful programs and I am glad to have been apart of one.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Opportunity Junction provides an extremely supportive environment for those with limited job experience/skills to build their capabilities and confidence so they can exceed in the workforce. Staff and management are extremely professional, using data and research to identify what services might be most effective to help those in eastern Contra Costa County become more employable and at a higher wage.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Fantastic organization with a true commitment to helping motivated job-seekers support themselves and their families. The staff is committed, hard-working, intelligent, and heart-led.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have just completed the training portion of Opportunity Junction’s Job Training and Placement Program (located in Antioch, CA). This experience was a lovely surprise and surpassed all my expectations! I wish everyone knew about this local jewel! I learned valuable life skills and Microsoft programs (word and excel) that will help increase my employment opportunities. The staff at Opportunity Junction are generous, dedicated and completely invested in our success. If you want to work hard and earn valuable job skills, get to Opportunity Junction. - Ana

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The organization is incredible from the inside out. The trainees, volunteers, board members, donors, supporters, employees, and partners are all incredibly amazing people. Every single staff member cares about and celebrates the successes of each candidate. They really care about what they do and are passionate about making a difference and it shines through all they do. I am so fortunate to work at a place that is making a difference that I get to see first hand every day.

Ondina N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Opportunity Junction was a blessing in my life. I was truly blessed to have been chosen to participate in the program. Opportunity Junction has changed my life immensely. Opportunity Junction is a free program which I am so thankful for because other wise I wouldn't had the financial possibilities to do it on my own. Thank you Opportunity Junction for giving this caterpillar the tools to become a butterfly and fly on her own.

Client Served

Rating: 5

An amazing organization that gave me a life changing experience. I gained computer skills, office management skills, life skills, and was able to find a job right away after I finished my internship.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Opportunity Junction is a great organization. They helped me to improve my computer and office admin skills to an advanced level. They even helped me in finding a job through their connections. I am now full time employed with a great salary and benefits. It is an intense program though but definitely doable if you are serious and want to succeed

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was fortunate to be selected to attend Opportunity Junctions job training/ placement program at a time where I was facing a crossroad in my life, After a 20+ year career ended due to my position bieng eliminated. I was devistated and shocked and uncertain about my future. The Opportunity Junction program and the staff where there to support me, believe in me and helped me regain the confidence I needed to get back into the work force. Shortly after Graduation I was able to Interview and was hired for a full time permanent position with Contra Costa County. Opportunity Junction is a great program and a gift to our community. I encourage anyone who reads this to visit there website for details about the many opportunities available.

4 Amie P.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Opportunity Junction is more than just a job training program. I gained valuable experience both while attending and as an ulumni.

Opportunity Junction is the foundation of my new life. While attending I learned so much about myself most important gained confidence and self esteem. Along with the knowledge of Microsoft Office and clerical skills.
As an Ulumni I have the support I need while on the job. I've learned how to advocate for myself in the workplace to get my needs met. Opportunity Junction has helped me become a success and in making 2018 my best year.

4 Matt L.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Opportunity Junction is a great place to learn new skills, and also learn how to work in a professional workplace. The staff really care about you and want to see you succeed!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Opportunity Junction is not just a nonprofit, but a family of supporters, encouragement and excellent skill building. Not only does it build technological skills, interpersonal skills, but it also focuses on the well-being of its participants with onsite counseling and moments to share with each other. That has been one of the most monumental aspects of my experience at Opportunity Junction, one I treasure, value and encourage others to experience for themselves. If anyone's got the drive and determination and needs the assistance, this program can be nothing but beneficial.

4 Nyesha S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Stepping into opportunity junction changed my life as a single mom. It gave me a boost to keep going. To be able to show my kids that with determination and perseverance you can over come the obstacles. I am truly grateful for the staff and most of all the program

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Opportunity Junction makes a real difference in lives of low-income Contra Costa County residents. It is a comprehensive program that delivers on its mission - with an excellent success rate for program participants. By teaching business and life skills, the program proves that those who are willing to work hard can get and keep jobs -- and achieve financial independence. OJ's amazing team provides unbelievable support to participants, demonstrating their dedication and commitment every single day.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Opportunity Junction offers job training and internships needed to help participants succeed including technical and life skills. The training and support is life changing to many; and gives individuals and families that little push they need to be self sustaining. Thank you to leadership and staff for your commitment and outstanding work. I am proud to serve on the board!

1 Lea Mason

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Opportunity Junction has helped more than 1000 low-income people get jobs that support themselves and their families.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization helps low-income people, not only to learn technical skills and get jobs, but also to have the resilience and life skills to keep moving forward. I've seen the results personally.

2 KayKay

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a current student of Opportunity Junction and I have nothing but Great things to say about everyone there. I have learned so many new skills to help me achieve my goal of getting a better job. I recommend the program to everyone who wants to learn new skills.

KK

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been at Opportunity Junction since January. I signed up to learn about computer skills and to get a better Career . I had no computer skills before this class, now I have better computer skills and typing skills in just 2 months. It takes dedication to be here every day for about 7hrs. You meet great staff members. They are here to help you with what ever you need, even just someone to talk to. There is no cost to you at Opportunity Junction, as they are non-profit organization. At the end of 12 weeks of training you will have a Whole New Look on your Career.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a current student at Opportunity Junction. This is a great program and I feel privileged
to be a part of it. I am learning alot of skills that I will need for the upcoming job searching
that I will be doing soon. The instructors are awesome, they are also very caring. I can hardly wait to graduate, to use my newly acquired skills. Word, Excel, Bus Math, Bus English.
I have met some really great people; my fellow classmates and the staff here at Opportunity
Junction they really do care and want to help people out. If you have the opportunity to get
into this program....Do It!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Great Opportunity to get computer skills as well as job training skills. The instructors are great. Training includes Life skill, simple math, Word, Excel, Access, Power Point Business Ethics. Good skills to learn for a great career.

3 Rachel Nicole S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I started the Job Training and Placement Program at the end of September. I was tired and at the end of my rope working minimum wage food service jobs and looking for a way out, and there appeared Opportunity Junction. I have a long history of starting things and not finishing them, but this program was the right fit for me as it is fast paced and allows me to complete the work here without having to worry about finding a way to do it at home. Although this program has been a lot of work, it has been worth it to gain skills that will allow me to find a better job and provide a better future for my child. Thank you Opportunity Junction!

2 Delorease N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Opportunity Junction is an AWESOME nonprofit organization. Opportunity Junction provides so much to its trainees, alumni and staff. The opportunities here are so amazing. The training is so organized and the staff offers so much knowledge and assistance as well as the alumni. Opportunity Junction provides you with many valuable skills necessary in the workforce as well as life skills and an array of necessary resources to put your life on track. Opportunity Junction is not only an amazing training opportunity but offers so much more.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Opportunity Junction is a non profit organization that offers job training and a plethora of other resources. I am a trainee currently enrolled in the program. OJ has provided me with more opportunity than I could have ever imagined.

I have a generous amount of support from the teachers and full staff. I've learned a great amount about computer software, Business English, dealing with other personality types, and finally about myself. This program has pushed me past limits I never considered.

Since my enrollment 6 weeks ago I've acquired time management skills, problem solving skills and increased my grammar. I am gaining confidence in my professional as well as personal abilities.

In conclusion I highly recommend this program to any one interested in bettering themselves in their career path and in life.

Thank you Opportunity Junction for investing in me.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Opportunity Junction has provided me the skills i will need to succeed in a professional business environment and i could not have asked for a better experience. The staff genuinely care about you and will do everything they can to ensure your success. If it wasn't for O.J. I don't know where my life would be!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great place! Friendly people, nice environment. I definitely recommend to anyone that is looking to get a good training for a great office career, or just looking to improve their computer skills.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love this place! I walked in not knowing what I wanted to do, just that I wanted a career and not another dead end job. Everyone there is extremely helpful and genuine, made me feel very welcomed and unashamed to share my story. The teachers will push you to be your best, and are very knowledgeable of outside services that can help you-they genuinely want to help you in every way.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Opportunity Junction goes very deep with it's client. The best part about what they do is create relationships with a populations that really needs them. They become so close by providing 7 months of FREE training and get 92% of their graduates jobs within 6 months of graduation. Amazing place with amazing staff and students.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a retired public funder of nonprofits serving lower income households, I always evaluated nonprofits on whether we should continue funding based on documented accomplishments. In OJ’s case - jobs! How many clients graduated from OJ’s program is great but more importantly how many were placed in living wage jobs! OJ always exceeded their goals and my expectations! That is why I supported and continue to support the work of this exceptional nonprofit - Opportunity Junction.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been in this training program for 4 weeks and it's been an amazing experience. This is a blessing for those who want a change in their life and a great career. The training is worth it, the commitment is worth it! You get more than what you came in with, Opportunity Junction is for the people. They want to see you succeed, which is rare in this day and age. Plus it's FREE, it doesn't get any better than that!