For 20 years, we have been helping low-income Contra Costa residents gain the skills and confidence they need to get and keep jobs that support themselves and their families.
Whether you are looking to enter a career in healthcare or administration or you are not sure where you want to go, we believe that everyone who is willing to work hard deserves an opportunity to succeed. Our programs will help you achieve your goals.
Ondina, her husband, and her two children were living comfortably until the Great Recession hit. Things spiraled out of control when her husband lost his job in 2009 and he turned to alcohol and drugs. Things continued to get worse. "He became very cruel and abusive," she shared.
Eventually, Ondina took her children and fled the domestically violent situation. With only a few possessions, Ondina arrived at her mother's doorstep in Antioch – frightened, penniless, and alone.
A week later she joined Opportunity Junction's Administrative Career Training program. “OJ provided everything I needed to be successful in the program.” Ondina was hired into an administrative position right out of training, and within a year was placed into a fully-benefited position with the Laborers Training Center. "I was able to get off CalWORKs and CalFresh, I bought a car, and now I have my own place. And I just got a promotion!”
"Opportunity Junction was there to pick me up in ways I could never imagine. They built my confidence and gave me skills, and I am taking the next steps I need to learn and grow to be the professional and mother I know I can be. Thanks to Opportunity Junction, I have a strong foundation of strength and compassion that keeps me up."