For over 50 years now, Philadelphia OIC has been helping open opportunities for generations of Philadelphians. Our community–our family–of people who have gone through our training programs is vast and growing. In fact, it is hard to go anywhere across Greater Philadelphia and not run into someone who’s proud to say, “I AM OIC.”

Here are just some of their stories.

Kristol Bryant
With the help of OIC’s Culinary Arts program, Kristol turned her passion for cooking into a full-blown career. Not only that, she’s become a superstar chef. Moving her way up the ladder through some of Philadelphia’s premier restaurants, Kristol now heads the kitchen of XIX as the chef de cuisine. See her story here.


Zaarhia Tomlin
When she was looking to start her career in the hospitality industry, Zaarhari came to Philadelphia OIC’s Opportunities Inn program. Here, she tells what happened next.


Mark Barbee
When Mark Barbee started the GED program at OIC, he pronounced himself “homeless—but not hopeless.” These days, Mark is living in his own apartment, and is halfway through an Associate’s degree in behavioral health sciences. He plans to give back by counseling people in similar situations, and helping them do the same.

Quadria Taylor

Quadria Taylor was ready for a change. After high school, she wanted to become more independent—she wanted a career. At OIC’s Opportunities Inn, Quadria received specialized housekeeping training, and learned the skills she needed to meet the demands of the hospitality industry. Quadria now finds herself under consideration for a job at the Four Points, a major hotel in the region. Watch her story here.


Jerry Jackson
With nowhere to live and no job, Jerry Jackson felt hopeless before he came to Philadelphia OIC. Now, after completing OIC’s job training program, Jerry has a career in maintenance and owns his own house. Jerry is a hard worker who has made the most of the opportunities available to him—and who will never forget where he came from. It’s part of what’s helping him to succeed. Watch his amazing story here.