Aishia Patterson has always cared for others. As a mother of four children and a caregiver for nearly 25 years, Aishia spent most of her life prioritizing the needs of other people. Eventually, she wanted more.
The Opportunity Junction board has adopted an official DEIAB Statement to summarize our commitments to diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and belonging in the workplace and in the community. The statement can be read below and found on our website here .
Dear Opportunity Junction Community, Recently, I was invited to speak to the board of our largest funder, Tipping Point Community, about Opportunity Junction’s experience during periods of economic uncertainty. One of my key qualifications was that I’ve been leading the organization since before the Great Recession in 2008. How did we approach it then? How would we approach it now?
We are proud and grateful to announce the following new grants and funding partnerships: HEDCO Foundation: Thanks to a grant from HEDCO, we will be able to purchase new desktops for our staff and program participants.This will especially benefit our Administrative Careers Training students, as the new computers support an upgrade to Office 365 at the same time.
It feels like just yesterday we launched the Antioch expansion of our Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training program, a change that allowed us to double our service capacity. Time flies! Antioch’s Cohort 3 is wrapping up its 12 weeks of CNA training, life skills training, and hands-on clinical experience in preparation for the upcoming graduation!
When in need of a job, it might be tempting to take the first offer. We’ve been through a pandemic, and many are itching to get back into the workforce. While it’s great to see a boom of new opportunities on the job market – and a recent dip in the state’s unemployment rate – candidates should be wary about accepting a position that doesn’t offer long-term career growth.
I am proud of our team’s results for the year ending June 30, not least because of the challenges they had to overcome along the way. We returned to the office, then we left, then we returned again. We stretched to provide rental assistance during an extremely challenging period for the folks we serve. We even survived a Zoom-bomb during the Imagine Gala.
We are proud and grateful to announce the following new grants and funding partnerships: Marathon Petroleum Corporation: A third grant from Marathon Petroleum Foundation Inc. will go toward supporting Opportunity Junction’s Administrative Careers Training (ACT) program, which enhances our participants’ career possibilities and establishes their credentials with employers.
Christopher Ledgister was inspired to apply to Opportunity Junction’s Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program by his grandmother from Nicaragua. She was a registered nurse in her country and came to work in the U.S. in the same field.
Whether at the El Campanil Theater, at Mt. Diablo Adult Education, or over Zoom, Opportunity Junction students have been turning tassels. In April and May alone, the Healthcare Career Pathways (HCP) and Administrative Careers Training (ACT) programs helped celebrate the achievements of 36 graduating participants.
Opportunity Junction’s annual Imagine Gala fundraiser was held on April 23, 2022. We are so grateful to all who supported the event by means of sponsorship or donations, participating in the silent auction, and attending the event!
Learning something new as an adult – no matter your age – can be intimidating and at times frustrating. Feelings of doubt creep in… You might think to yourself: “What if I can’t understand the material? I never was a good student – I never will be. Even when I try really hard, I still just don’t get it.”
by Alissa Friedman, President and CEO — At Opportunity Junction, our annual planning cycle runs from July 1 through June 30. That’s the period of our “fiscal year,” a relatively arbitrary 12-month period that we chose for convenience in financial reporting. (It’s the same fiscal year as the county and local cities use.)
Opportunity Junction is actively accepting applications for its workforce development programs - the Administrative Careers Training (ACT) and the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) programs, which both begin in May.
We are proud and grateful to announce the following new grants and funding partnerships: John Muir Community Health Fund: The John Muir Health Community Health Fund has renewed its grant support for the Healthcare Career Pathway program, as we continue to expand the model. This funding represents a partnership to create a supported pathway into the allied healthcare industry and to improve access to person-centered care within Contra Costa County's long-term support services system
Dear Opportunity Junction Supporters, Thank you for your 2021 Holiday donations! Altogether, with the matching funds from Delta Scrap and Salvage, 217 donors (30% increase from last year) contributed over $161,000. We are so thankful to all of you, including the 59 new donors who joined us this year, seven of whom are program alumni!
Opportunity Junction (OJ) will celebrate the Administrative Careers Training (ACT) Class 66 graduation on Jan. 28, at 2 p.m. The ceremony will be held online and open for all to attend. Please sign up here.
Save the Date to Celebrate - April 23, 2022 Please save the date to join us in celebrating Opportunity Junction's 22nd year of transforming lives. The 2022 annual Imagine Gala will be held virtually on April 23, 2022, from 5-6 p.m. PST.
Doreen achieves her dream of a healthcare career Doreen Katiba immigrated to the United States in 2018 for a few reasons: she wanted to see a new side of the world with new opportunities, she wanted to make new friends, and most importantly, she wanted to reunite with her husband who was already in the U.S. In Kenya, Doreen had served many patients as a counselor, helping with their emotional and social needs. Her dream in the United States was to receive healthcare training to help with patients' physical needs as well.
Here we are, still dealing with COVID-19 but with plenty to be grateful for. Even during these unprecedented times, the Opportunity Junction family is full of holiday spirit and doing all we can to share it with others. To help ease the seasonal pressure on the families we serve, OJ is continuing its tradition of providing Thanksgiving meals to fill up holiday tables.
On November 18, 2021, Opportunity Junction was awarded the Economic Justice Award as part of the East Bay Philanthropy Awards. The philanthropy awards are an annual celebration of impact, innovation, and generosity in the social sector. They are hosted by the East Bay Leadership Council (EBLC).