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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 FY2016-17, our team placed 117 new job seekers into initial employment. Another 66 alumni were supported in re-entering employment or earning a raise or promotion. Altogether, in all of our programs, we serve between 900 and 1,000 local residents annually. Since we started tracking employment verification in 2010, our alumni have earned more than $44 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%. Altogether, we serve between 900 and 1,000 local residents annually.

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

Direct beneficiaries per year: 932

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 youth aged 18-24 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

43 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

A few days before I applied to Opportunity Junction I had lost my job. I had no idea what I was going to do, and I had always had problems getting a new job. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do, and I didn’t have much hope for my future. So, when I was sitting at the orientation for Opportunity Junction I was amazed at how great this program was, and all I was able to think about was how I had no chance at getting in. But for some reason, I was able to get into. I was given second chance at making something out of my life. And I am truly grateful to everybody here for accepting me into this great program and giving me this great opportunity. I’m grateful to the staff, for one, teaching me computer skills, so that I can be qualified for office jobs, and two, for the life skills, so that I could get through the issues that were going on in my life. And now I have been able to start a new career in business administrations.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Opportunity Junction is by far the best non-profit organization for helping low-income individuals gain the necessary skills to enter or re-enter the workforce. You will definitely gain confidence and know that you have the skills necessary to be successful in your career. I've gone through the training program, been an intern and I have a career and start a new employment opportunity soon.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Great program to help people become more self sufficient!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Opportunity Junction is a awesome program because your gain knowledgeable skills to help you find and keep a better job and the program builds up your confidence and life skills

Client Served

Rating: 4

Opportunity Junction is a great place to brush up on or learn new computer skills for almost all of the Office Suite programs. I really like that they are open during the evenings, so that they are accessible to people who work during the day. Every here is very friendly and super helpful if you have any questions.

The job training program seems very helpful for a lot of people. Not only do they give you the opportunity to learn much need computer skills to succeed in a professional environment, but they also give you the opportunity to learn equally important life skills to be able to interact with others on a professional level and to keep your job.