Piggy bankWe are proud and grateful to announce the following new grants and funding partnerships:

Bay Area Census Funders Collaborative: The Bay Area Census Funders Collaborative, a partnership of the East Bay Community Foundation, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and Northern California Grantmakers, awarded a one-time grant to support Census 2020 outreach and education efforts in East Contra Costa County, focusing on residents who are low-income, lack access to technology, lack the skills to complete on-line Census 2020 forms, and/or have limited English proficiency.

typing on a laptop Opportunity Junction is now helping low-income households sign up for low-cost home internet, starting as low as $10 per month. Eligible households who sign up for home internet will receive a $5 gift card to Target, Starbucks, or Walmart.

Graduates of Class 59 Our Administrative Career Training class members finished their training program and have been promoted to start their internship in the office! Our fifteen graduates celebrated their graduation on September 20th at the El Campanil Theatre, where they shared their individual stories. They were joined by Special Guest Speaker Holland White of the Pittsburg City Council (and of the office of Supervisor Federal Glover).

We are currently recruiting for our next class which starts on September 30th 2019. To learn more about our Administrative Career Training program, visit our website at: https://opportunityjunction.org/need-a-job/jtpp or call 925.776.1133.

Road mapMarissa (18) started off as a Los Medanos College student in our Road Map program but due to the difficulty balancing school and home, eventually dropped her classes. In order to get by, she needed a job but didn't have "real work experience." With the help of Opportunity Junction's career counselors, Marissa was placed in a job that she loves as a server at The Waterford at Rossmoor. She is an excellent employee, and the Waterford loves having her on their team. Marissa is now joining Opportunity Junction's Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training program to fulfill her goals of entering the healthcare field.

"I am hopeful about what the future holds."

Jackie and Family

Jackie learned early that life doesn't always go as planned. She stepped into the parent role for her six siblings when no one else could and spent years raising them. When she married her husband, Eric, starting a family of her own was never a priority. "My husband and I were both very happy working hard and spoiling our nieces and nephews whenever possible," she shares.

After 17 years working for the same grocery company, however, Jackie was called upon again to serve in the parent role for a family member who was entering foster care. "When the opportunity arose to care for our son, Lawrence, it was a no-brainer. I happily left my job of 17 years to commit to being a new mom.

Year in Review Dear Opportunity Junction Community,

Happy New Fiscal Year! For financial reporting, organizational planning, and program outcomes, we run on a July 1 through June 30 fiscal year, and this has been a very full year. Thanks to your support, we were able to serve (and place into employment) more local residents than ever before while launching an important new healthcare career program.

Save the Date Opportunity Junction's Imagine Gala will be held on Saturday April 25th 2020 at the Diablo Country Club! This gala will be very special because Opportunity Junction will be celebrating 20 years of transforming lives of low-income families in Contra Costa County

CNA Training Program Opportunity Junction's first CNA Cohort has graduated, and 13 participants have already been placed in jobs.

Our second CNA Training Cohort will begin on August 26th at Mt. Diablo Adult Education in Concord.

Job Training and Placement ProgramAre you or someone you know looking for next steps toward a better career?

We are now recruiting for our Administrative Career Training Program (ACT). Our ACT Class 61 will start training on February 3rd.

MDRCMDRC recently released a new report titled, Beyond the Basics: Integrating Workforce and College-Readiness Training Into California's Adult Basic Skills Programs. Funded by The James Irvine Foundation, the report is about programs for low-skilled individuals in training or career pathway programs. Opportunity Junction was mentioned 14 times throughout the article highlighting the various facets that make our full-service programs so successful.

We are proud and grateful to announce the following new grants and funding partnerships:

The Anonymous Fund of the East Bay Community Foundation: The Anonymous Fund at the East Bay Community Foundation issued two anonymous grants of valuable core operating support. The East Bay Community Foundation partners with donors, social movements, and the community to eliminate structural barriers, advance racial equity, and transform political, social, and economic outcomes for all who call the East Bay home.

BBVA Compass: BBVA Compass Bank issued a grant to provide general operating support. BBVA team members volunteer at Opportunity Junction, illustrating the bank's commitment to providing opportunities for people to create brighter futures.

Firedoll Foundation: The Firedoll Foundation issued a generous renewal grant to support the Job Training and Placement Program. The Firedoll Foundation is a private family foundation founded by two unrepentant liberals from the 60s who still believe in the motto, "If you are not part of the solution, you're part of the problem."

Tipping Point Community: Tipping Point Community awarded a special, one-time grant to upgrade computer workstations at Opportunity Junction. Tipping Point fights poverty in the Bay Area for the 1.7 million people who don't have the resources to meet their basic needs.

U.S. Bank: Under their workforce education and economic prosperity priority, U.S. Bank awarded a new grant for core operating support. U.S. Bank knows that a strong small business environment and an educated workforce ensure the prosperity of communities.