What's New Archives
November 18, 2015
Join OPCS CEO Tom Litwicki as he moderates a panel discussing the barriers faced by those attempting to reenter and reintegrate into the community.
October 15, 2015
Building Futures Sets New Attendance Record
This years Building Futures Annual Meeting and Fundraising Lucheon took place at the UofA Student Union South Ballroom and set a record for attendance! Almost 200 people in attendance enjoyed a delicious lunch and heard Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild speak about OPCS's impact on the community. CEO Tom Litwicki spoke about OPCS's vision and clients shared their stories of OPCS's impact on their lives
September 10, 2015
The Thunder Mountain Moose Lodge No 2475 comes through for Tucson's veterans who are homeless once again. This year, OPCS received $1500 as part of the proceeds of their spring golf tournament. OPCS was among 18 agencies that benefitted from the hard work and dedication of people who care about others in Tucson. Thank you Bob, Dave and all the other Mooses that made the celebration dinner so fun and the gift so meaningful. Who are the Champions? THUNDER MOUNTAIN MOOSE LODGE members are the Champions!
September 7, 2015
Employee of the Quarter
Stacy Dilka is on staff at our SARRTP facility. She is comitted to making sure that veterans have the best possible experience while going through the program. A veteran herself, Stacy is respected by the veterans, understands them and can empathize with their situation. Her energy is endless and she is excited by her clients successes. Her outgoing personality and sense of humor help create a wonderful environment for both clients and staff. Very thorough, Stacy keeps her supervisor completely informed and does a complete pass down of information to oncoming shift personnel. Stacy is a model employee and OPCS is fortunate to have her on staff.
House Manager of the Quarter
Madeline Manuel shows her dedication in every aspect of her work. Organizing clients to complete their requirements, she is always there to assist with questions or just be there when they need someone to talk with. She is softspoken but holds clients accountable for their duties in both the house and the program. She sets an example for clients be remaining active in her own recovery, health and continuing her education. She engages clients and inspires them to continue working on their own sobriety and preparing themselves to return to life outside the program. Madeline is a dedicated model of what an ideal employee is.
July 10, 2015
Employee of the Quarter
Ernie Clark found his way to OPCS in 2012 after years of addiction, homelessness and prison. Today he is truly an OPCS success story. As a Lead Case Manager, Ernie will reach out to those in need and show them that they can overcome the obstacles in their path and become productive members of the community. Always there to lend a hand, Ernie doesn't wait to be asked, he jumps in to provide support and raise up those less fortunate without hesitation. Everyone at OPCS is proud to call Ernie "friend" and we all know that, when he is needed, he willl be there regardless of the situation. Thank you Ernie for all you do!
House Manager of the Quarter
Before Sharon Salazar completed her own program at Swan house, her desire to "give back" had kicked into overdrive. Having walked the same path as many of the other clients, she had an understanding and an empathy for their situations. Sharon easily transitioned from client to House Manager. Her sincere, supportive, authentic approach with clients has made her the "go-to" person for many seeking guidance. Always maintaining appropriate boundaries, Sharon still finds ways to go the extra mile in everything she does. Thank you Sharon!
June 28, 2015
Old Pueblo Community Services in the News
On Sunday, June 28, The Arizona Daily Star ran a front page article entitled "All In On Prisons" discussing the Arizona prison system and siting constructive alternatives to adding more prison beds in order to address drug abuse and non-violent criminal acts.
As part of the series, a second article entitled "Ex-Offenders get a hand in Pima County" discussed successful transition for former offenders, including a story about Danny Howe, job developer for OPCS, and information about the upcoming Second Chance Job Fair, August 15, 2015, 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the Tucson Convention Center.
June 1, 2015
Old Pueblo Community Services featured on The Morning Blend
Nancy Jones and Mary Herring discussed the One Step at a Time mentoring program on The Morning Blend on Monday morning. OPCS is actively recruiting volunteers from Tucson and Pima County to be mentors for men and women newly released on parole to the Tucson area.
May 20, 2015
Wells Fargo grants $500,000 to help revitalize Tucson
Today, Wells Fargo presented OPCS with a $100,000 award to support bridge housing and navigation services for veterans who are homeless in Tucson. OPCS is one of seven outstanding non-profit organizations to be part of the $500,000 grant which helps strengthen and revitalize Tucson neighborhoods through the Wells Fargo NeighborhoodLIFT program. The NeighborhoodLIFT® program is a collaboration between Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Wells Fargo Foundation and NeighborWorks America, an independent nonprofit organization.
OPCS and other local grant recipients were identified in close collaboration with Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild to support five key areas: support services for the homeless, neighborhood beautification and improvement, education and workforce programs, food access and economic growth.
Other recipients included Community Food Bank of So Arizona, Our Family Services, Pima Community College Foundation, Pima Council on Aging, Tucson Clean and Beautiful - Trees for Tucson, and Tucson Urban League.
Thank You Wells Fargo for trusting in OPCS with this investment!
April 29, 2015
The Spring Edition of Mission Possible is Hot Off the Press
Shop - Save - Give Retail Programs
Looking for an easy way to help Old Pueblo Community Services by doing something they’re already doing - grocery shopping and shopping online? You now have three opportunities to SHOP, SAVE AND GIVE to OPCS. Mother's Day is just around the corner - SHOP, SAVE AND GIVE TO MOM ---- SHOP, SAVE AND GIVE TO OPCS all at the same time! Can't beat that deal, now can you?
April 11, 2015
Tom Litwicki Featured on Profiles in Business
CEO Tom Litwicki was interviewed by Metro Chamber CEO Mike Varney on his weekly Profiles in Business program on KVOI AM 1030. Speaking on the subject of Homelessness in Tucson, Tom talked a lot about the importance of partnership of government, social services and the business sector working together to address this issue. Listen to this interesting 26-minute broadcast here.
April 9, 2015
OPCS Presents at the Second Chance Symposium
Several OPCS staff members presented OPCS programs and stories at the Second Chance Symposium held at the Tucson Convention Center.
Tom Litwicki listens as Danny Howe, Job Sharon Grant (left) of Pima County and
Developer for OPCS, shares his success Katy Scoblink share the Inside Out
story with the audience. Recovery Partnership with members of the audience.
April 6, 2015
OPCS's One Step At A Time Mentoring Program In The News!
With prisoner incarceration on the rise, upon release, more and more inmates find themselves with few choices, no where to go and a strong possibility that, without help, they will return to prison. This is where Old Pueblo Community Services OSAT (One Step At A Time) mentoring programs comes into play. Today, an indepth article on the OSAT program was published on the front page of the Arizona Daily Star. To read more, click on the link below.
Social Venture Partners (SVP) Tucson Selects OPCS as Newest Investee
SVP Tucson announced today that OPCS is their newest three-year investee. SVP Tucson cultivates effective philanthropists, strengthens nonprofits, and invests in collaborative solutions – building powerful relationships to tackle our community’s social challenges. SVP awards $75,000 in unrestricted funding over three years. BUT SVP does more than give away money. They amplify the impact of the funding in three ways. They connect and engage individuals, helping them make the greatest impact with their philanthropic giving. They fund and strengthen nonprofits, helping them take their vital work for individuals in need to the next level. Finally, they invest in collaborative solutions, so those with a common cause can align their efforts and go farther, together.
February 19, 2015
Our Own Cliff Wade Recognized by the Department of Labor
Cliff does an incredible job working with homeless veterans and his story can now be read on the Dept. of Labor Blog. Our efforts to eliminate homelessness in Tucson in 2015 would not be possible without Cliff's dedication and determination.
Cliff Wade with U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez
February 18, 2015
AZ Charitable Tax Credit Forms
If you made a donation in 2014 and qualify for the AZ Charitable Tax Credit you are required to fill out AZ Tax forms 301 and 321. Click on the links below to download the forms and instructions:
January 1, 2015
OPCS Welcomes 2015 Board Members
OPCS is pleased to welcome, Marya Wheeler to the Board of Directors. She will be joining a dedicated team of individuals that include:
President - Lindsey Feldman
Vice President - Lyle Ford
Secretary - Scott Patka
Treasurer - Carmen Cuiffetelli
Advisory Board Members:
OPCS Chief Executive Officer
We wish to extend our deepest gratitude to Gary Henman, outgoing Board President, for his dedication and service to OPCS.
October 30, 2014
OPCS Wins Copper Cactus Award
OPCS won the prestigious Copper Cactus Award in the $5 million nonprofit category. This award honors outstanding nonprofits for their exceptional leadership, company culture, business growth and innovation.
September 16, 2014
Old Pueblo Community Services opens new Third Street location with a Ribbon Cutting.
August 7, 2014
Bank of America Awards Old Pueblo
Housing Development $10,000
Bank of America awarded Old Pueblo Housing Development (OPHD) a $10,000 grant for the Community Renewal Program. This program allows OPCS to purchase blighted properties, rehab and resell the homes in the Tucson community. The homes are renovated by the Old Pueblo Handyman staff, employing veterans and others in Old Puelbo Community Services programs, and are made available to moderate-income, first-time homebuyers through the OPHD Homebuyer Assistance Programs.
Employee of the Quarter
Angela Wilson, Program Manager Veterans
Angela is proactive and has incredible energy, outgoing and personable with a knowledge base from many years of working with those less fortunate.
Have a problem? Don’t quite know what the next step should be? Just ask Angela and she will come to your aid. Angela is gracious and talented, the epitome of the expression “There is no ‘I’in team”. Selflessly dedicated to OPCS and those that we serve, Angela is always ready and willing to share her knowledge and expertise wherever needed.
House Manager of the Quarter
Diana Carrillo, House Manager
Diana came to OPCS as a client. Addressing her struggles head on, and overcoming obstacle after obstacle, Diana succeeded beyond her dreams. Using every resource available, Diana always asked questions to insure she was on the right path. Her diligence and efforts paid off when she achieved her goal of becoming part of the OPCS family. Now a house manager at the Kleindale residence, Diana has truly become a valuable member of the OPCS family and we are fortunate to have her with us.
June 11, 2014
OPCS is now part of the Fry's Foods Community Rewards Program! Attention all you Fry's shoppers out there (and if your not, you should start) you can now buy your groceries and donate to OPCS at the same time. How great is that!
Its easy if you have a Fry's VIP card (if not you can sign up online for one). Just click the Fry's logo and you will be directed to the Create an Account page. If you are already registered, once there, click the SIGN IN button on the upper right corner. Complete the registration and then click Create Account. Once done, you will be on your account page. Simply scroll down to Community Rewards and click ENROLL. In the blank field that appears type the number 64537 and click SEARCH. Scroll down and click on Old Pueblo Community Servces then click Enroll and you are done! Now get out there and shop!
June 6, 2014
D-Day 2014 was the day chosen by Catalina Rotary Club to give a $6,000 service grant to OPCS for its Veteran Outreach program. $5000 of the money will fund an ATV to enable extended desert outreach and $1,000 toward supplies for a volunteer outreach corps. In the photograph, Rotarians Paul Bennett and Joann Westerman present a check to Tom Litwicki CEO, and Cliff Wade, Outreach Worker, of OPCS. We wish to thank the Rotarians for caring so deeply about our homeless veterans and for their generous participation in our efforts to end veteran and chronic homelessness in Tucson.
On March 12th, Tony Penn, President and CEO of United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, presented Old Pueblo Community Services with a generous grant from an anonymous donor for $50,000 to assist in the purchase of much needed transportation for our Veteran's programs.
With this gift and the generous support of the Jim Click Automotive team, on April 9th OPCS took delivery of a beautiful new 2014 Ford van. A little signage if you please!
....and OPCS is ready to roll! Many thanks to everyone who helped make this possible.
Employee of the Quarter
Suzy has been at OPCS for 2 years. Suzy works in the administrative offices on the accounting staff. She is fun and very funny yet a consummate professional in her work. Suzy goes the extra mile in helping her co-workers in any way she can. Patient and respectful at all times, Suzy is the type of co-worker who is a delight to have on your team and OPCS is very fortunate to have her here.
House Manager of the Quarter
Stacey demonstrates commitment, servanthood and good stewardship in her role as House Manager. She is dedicated to her own recovery as well as others and has taken an active roll as Vice President of the OPCS Alumni Association. Stacey's influence and guidance helps clients achieve success in their recovery. Stacey's empathy for the women in the CPR program is clear through her kind interaction and respect for every client.
FHA Back to Work Program Counseling Available
OPCS provides housing counseling services to homebuyers who are requesting a Letter of Completion of Housing Counseling for the FHA Back to Work Program.
The initial appointment is approximately one hour in duration and the counseling fee is $100 to be paid by check or money order upon arrival.
The homebuyer will receive the Letter of Completion and Required Disclosures at the end of the first counseling session. Additional counseling appointments may be set up when the homebuyer applies for a loan, has signed a purchase contract, or as needed.
Prior to the initial appointment the homebuyer submits:
The completed OPCS Application
The completed Budget Form
Their credit report(s)
Any lender information such as loan qualification, 1003 and costs worksheet if available.
Call 445-7084 to set up an appointment, or email Terry Galligan at firstname.lastname@example.org to request the forms/application.
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Bid Opportunity - Owner-Occupied Rehab Specialist
Notice is hereby given that Old Pueblo Community Services, hereinafter referred to as "OPCS" is conducting a competitive process to retain (1) CONSULTANT to provide owner-occupied rehabilitation services. To see full Notice and Solicitation, click on the links below.
Notice for Request for Qualifications
Men's Wearhouse Supports OPCS for Sixth Year
Suits donated each year to the Men's Wearhouse National Suit Drive provide not only a new look but CONFIDENCE too! Men who suit up for an interview say that they feel confident and much more comfortable as they pursue employment in a tough job climate. DONATE TODAY and receive 50% off the purchase of a new suit at any of these locations:
90 W River Rd
5628 E Broadway Blvd
4500 N Oracle Rd #417
Tom Litwicki Named New CEO of OPCS
June 3, 2013 -
Back in the saddle after a 1.5 year absence, Tom Litwicki rejoined the OPCS family on Monday, June 3, a valued addition to our great team. Did you know that in his youth, Tom trained in a Franciscan seminary? Tom looks forward to continuing and improving the quality and quantity of services offered by Old Pueblo Community Services. Read Tom's bio here.
Employee of the Quarter
Deirdre McMahan, Case Manager
Our second "Employee of the Quarter" is Deirdra McMahon. Deirdra is completely committed to her clients, co-workers and OPCS. She encourages clients to take responsibility for themselves and their actions and encourages self empowerment. She is respected by her clients and all of the OPCS staff, as she has experience that allows her to relate in many areas. Deirdra builds rapport, trust and compassion with each client. Deirdra is also just fun to be around because she is so compassionate and dedicated to the work she does.
Old Pueblo Alumni Group Shines
On Friday, May 17, members of the Old Pueblo Alumni Group completed their first community project when they presented the New Beginnings program of Our Family Services with $1,030 in cash, food and gifts for women and children in need. Much of the money was raised by the Community Organization class of Pima Community College who raised over $3,000 to support the newly formed Alumni Group and their first community project with an event on May 5 - Bowling for a New Beginning. Watch the event video made by the PCC Students.
Founder and CEO Nick Jones Retires
Nick Jones, founder and Chief Executive Officer since 2000, retired in April 2013. Nick has left his legacy in Old Pueblo Community Services which will continue to impact the lives of men and women who struggle with addiction, homelessness, reentry to community following incarceration or reintegration following military service for many years to come.
Employee of the Quarter
With sunshine and compassion, Brandi deals with veterans and veteran families in crisis; either homeless or days from homelessness. Her clients often enter the office hostile, fearful, angry or hopeless. But after a little while with Brandi, laughter is heard coming from Brandi's area. She is not driven primarily by the requirement of grant numbers, but by the needs of the people in front of her. She is not bothered by having what would seem too much work for one human to complete. While other resource specialists have 10-12 clients at a time, Brandi routinely has 40-50 active clients. She makes us all laugh every time she says "Alrighty then" and is a valued member of our staff.
House Manager of the Quarter
Heather is always willing to do what is asked of her and goes above and beyond for the benefit of Oasis House and the clients served at Oasis House. She is dedicated to her job at OPCS which is demonstrated through her support of clients, her honesty, integrity on the job, and treating clients with dignity and respect.
Building Futures - One Step at a Time
TIME IS RUNNING OUT! Its time to make your end-of-the-year donation to a cause you BELIEVE in. YOU HAVE A CHOICE - you can choose to support our men, women and families in their process of change, Building Futures, One Step at a Time! Listen to this! Seize the opportunity to designate some of your Arizona Income Tax dollars to an organization and mission that impacts peoples lives right here in Tucson. Click here to make your donation TODAY!
OPCS Receives Challenge Grant for $25,000
Old Pueblo Community Services has received a generous Challenge Grant of $25,000 from the Bruce T. Halle Family Foundation. Our challenge is to raise $25,000 by end of year to match this funding. That means that your donation to OPCS this fall will have double the value, double the impact. Who could ask for more? Click here to make your donation TODAY!
Grants That Make a Difference!
Old Pueblo was one of seventeen nonprofit organizations to receive a Tucson Electric Power Grants That Make a Difference. TEP presented more than $100,000 to agencies that improve the health and well-being of at-risk children, teens and families. This grant will increase OPCS’s ability to reach out to Veterans in need of assistance through our new Street Outreach for Homeless Veterans program. The grant will provide Veterans with basic items such as socks and underwear and hygiene kits and afford “Outreach Joe” the opportunity to build trusting relationships with people in need of community services.
New Funding Means Growth for OPCS
In October, Old Pueblo Community Services was awarded a new grant from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) which will support new services in southern Arizona prisons. In partnership with the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC), HOPE, Inc. and The Haven, the Community Pathways to Recovery (CPR) program will effectively address the substance use treatment, transitional housing, physical and mental health, and recovery support needs of adults who are re-entering Pima County from five southern Arizona prisons following a sentence of four months or less at the ADC. Successful participants will complete a six-month “inside-out” program beginning with clinical assessment during incarceration and providing outpatient substance abuse counseling services for up to six months upon release. In additional, transitional housing, intensive case management and support services will be available with OPCS and The Haven.
OPCS is also a collaborative partner in the newly expanded Regional Municipalities Veterans Treatment Court (RMVTC), also funded by SAMHSA in October 2012. It will expand the existing City of Tucson Veterans Treatment Court. This collaborative effort of the Tucson City Court, the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVHACS), OPCS and HOPE, Inc. enables Veterans in outer areas of Tucson to take advantage of the Veterans Treatment Court including Sahuarita, Marana, South Tucson and Oro Valley. The goals of RMVTC are to help Veterans involved with the judicial system clean up current charges and old fines if they participate in treatment services. The Veterans will have the opportunity to receive treatment from the Veterans Administration Programs or Old Pueblo Community Services. Old Pueblo Community Services will also serve those Veterans who have received less than honorable discharges and unable to access VA services.
Old Pueblo Community Services Goes Social - Media That Is!
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New Financial Workshops Being Offered Soon
Old Pueblo Community Services continues to offer the First Time Home Buyer Workshop, an 8-hour workshop held one Saturday each month. The workshop educates and provides first-time homebuyers with the knowledge and tools necessary to purchase a home responsibly.
STARTING IN SEPTEMBER OPCS will offer two additional workshops. The Credit Report Workshop is a new free, 2-hour workshop held twice a month, also on Saturdays. The material will empower individuals to take a proactive approach in assessing their financial health beginning with understanding a credit report.
The Mortgage Modification or Refinance Workshop is a 2-hour workshop that will also be offered two Saturdays each month and will provide information on the mortgage modification or mortgage refinance options and processes.
In May 2012, Mayor Rothschild visited the Sunnyside Pointe affordable housing development, a project of La Frontera Arizona and Old Pueblo Community Services, two local non-profits that serve homeless and low to moderate income populations, veterans and people with behavioral health needs.
At Sunnyside Pointe, qualified buyers may be eligible for up to $50,000 down payment assistance from Pima County bond funds and the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco's Affordable Housing Program.
The development's commitment to solar, water harvesting and energy efficiency makes these homes affordable to live in, as well as to buy. To find out more, visit SunnysidePointe.com.