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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Employment Preparation & Procurement, Financial Counseling, Human Services, 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. Opportunity Junction was founded in 2000 with the name Opportunities for Technology Information Careers and adopted its current name in November of 2006.

Results: During FY2015-16, our team placed 120 new job seekers into initial employment, a 20% increase over last year. Further, another 80 alumni were supported in re-entering employment or earning a raise or promotion. The revenue generated by just the 200 job seekers we placed that year exceeded $2.7 million. Since our founding in 2000, our alumni have earned more than $40 million to support themselves and their families. Our five-year retention rate, based on verified employment status, stands at 73%. Including participants in our Technology Center and Do-It-Yourself Tax Assistance, we served more than 900 local residents last year.

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

Direct beneficiaries per year: 903

Geographic areas served: Contra Costa County

Programs: 1. The Job Training and Placement Program, 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. Individualized Career Development Services (CDS), offered in partnership with SparkPoint Contra Costa in Bay Point, which provides case management, career counseling, group activities, and job placement. 3. Road Map to College, offered in partnership with Los Medanos College (LMC), which guides and supports low-income job seekers in enrolling and completing LMC’s Career Technical Education (and then entering and retaining employment). 4. The evening 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 MyFreeTaxes.com.

Community Stories

38 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello, I'm Brittany, & currently a trainee at Opportunity Junction class 50 and the JTTP is amazing, I absolutely admire all the staff here: they are super dedicated and like sincerely enjoy doing their jobs which is more or less helping individuals overcome poverty with job training and also an amazing Alumni program that will help you with all you your job searching needs basically FOREVER! When you become apart of the Opportunity Junction family you are able to not only receive job training and career placement, you will be able to receive a professional wardrobe, friends, unbiased opinion,Support,a weekly food bag, and a hot lunch M-T. This is only what i can think of off hand Opportunity Junction offers so much more for anyone who is motivated and ready to begin life again. The staff here will build up your confidence in the workplace and you'll value the experience and appreciate the journey.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Opportunity Junction is a wonderful comprehensive job training and placement program. Not only have I obtained updated computer skills, being able to then obtain certifications from Microsoft for the Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.) I have also received training in all other things pertaining to administrative work; typing, how to write a cover letter, resume and how to present myself in an interview... even what clothes to wear! The encouragement and support is awesome.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Starting over. What a true blessing Opportunity Junction is. I learned new computer skills and life skills. The staff at Opportunity Junction is amazing and helpful. If you are looking for a new start in life check out Opportunity Junction it is great place to begin.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I left the retail industry in an attempt to change careers, I did so in a shattered frame of mind. My previous management team had thoroughly convinced me that I was a failure and unworthy of making the paltry $11 per hour they were paying me. My confidence was in tatters and felt sure that I could never be, or feel like, a success. I left, not out of hope but, out of desperation.

Then I found Opportunity Junction and it has been a godsend. Not only have they provided me with the opportunity to show my current computer skills, while learning new ones, but they have done so in an environment that encourages me to both succeed and feel successful. I cannot stress how important both of those factors can be. Between this, and the other services they offer, I have found hope that I can find a job that is a world above and beyond my previous job experiences.

I firmly believe that there need to be far more programs like Opportunity Junction throughout the country and that, for those that already exist, they must be thoroughly advertised and made well-known.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Without current computer skills, trying to find employment in this day and age was going nowhere for me. Opportunity Junction is providing me training in that and much more. In addition to learning Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Access and PowerPoint, we have the chance to become certified in each category, thereby proving to potential employers that we are proficient in those areas. We also have training in typing, Business English and Math along with various other research projects, giving additional preparation towards interviewing and presentation skills. I had just about exhausted all of my options before coming to Opportunity Junction, but now I am confident that I am on the road to a new chapter in my life, filled with many possibilities. “Thank you so much” doesn’t nearly sum up all to which I am grateful for, since being able to go through the Opportunity Junction program has truly made all the difference in my life’s direction.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Opportunity Junction was a life changer for me, it helped open my computer awareness to a whole new level that is better than I ever could have imagined. One day I decided I didn't want to be in the same situation I always put myself in, and when I heard of this place and what was being offered I knew it was the best choice out there for me. Opportunity Junction is a place where if you need help they try to get you that help in anyway they can, as long as you're doing your part by helping yourself succeed in, and with them you have a great support system to journey with you the whole way.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I have never had a job before, but OJ has helped me gain confidence to get out there and join the work world.

Client Served

Rating: 5

For this program to be free, I have to say you get way more than you could ever expect. The staff here at OJ are very supportive, and willing to go the extra mile to help anyone who is ready for self efficiency. Be warned you need to be ready to put in the time and work if you want to succeed.

So if you have no computer skills, your typing is less than perfect, your confidence can use a boost and your ready to take control of your life, check out Opportunity Junction. There here to help get you on track.

What are you waiting for pick or the phone right now or come by the office Monday Thru Friday.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I decided i needed a career and heard about Opportunity Junction. I decided to enroll and it was probably the best decision i ever made. I improved my typing skills, and was able to earn my Moss in Microsoft Word. The staff here are amazing and make sure they help you every step of the way.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to Opportunity Junction with zero Computer Skills and Typing Skills. Guess what? In one month time my score in MOS WORD is above 800 and next week I will get my MOS EXCEL score.The second part of the program I have learned Business Ethics, Business English and Business Math. A whole new world open up to me. I hope to do some good for this new opportunity. Come and see for yourself!