History of Old Pueblo Community Services

Old Pueblo Community Services is a result of the vision of co-founders Nick Jones and Mark Harris. Nick served in Vietnam from 1968 - 1972 and was no stranger to addiction, substance abuse, and homelessness ultimately finding himself incarcerated for 15 years. In 1996,  Nick  co-founded Old Pueblo Community Foundation with Mark Harris, pastor of the Oasis church, to provide help to those who, like Nick, understood the darkness and desolation of addiction and homelessness. In 2008, the name was changed to Old Pueblo Community Services (OPCS).

OPCS has grown from a 6-bed duplex providing sober living for men recently released from prison to a complex system of ten transitional living facilities, 300 beds, which provide men and women faced with homelessness a safe, clean and sober haven in which to build a new future, ONE STEP AT A TIME.

  • 1996 - Casa Santa Clara for Men opened as sober living for men being released from prison.  This first facility, originally supported by the Oasis Church, was opened with $1,100, a lease on a duplex and 6 beds.

  • 1999 – Casa Santa Clara received its first grant from the Mustard Seed Foundation to buy Casa Santa Clara, which included approximately 4 acres. This land would become OPCS’ first affordable housing development called Mission Vista Estates.

  • 2000 – Nick Jones hired as Executive Director, the first and only paid employee.

  • 2001 – Oasis House for Women opened, under the direction of Leah Jones, the fourth facility at that time.

  • 2004 – OPCS formalized the Housing Development Department with the hiring of Terry Galligan.

  • 2007 – OPCS formalized the Clinical Services Department with the hiring of Tom Litwicki. Also in 2007, we started providing Veterans Assistance Programs in partnership with the Veterans Administration.

  • 2008 – OPCS received its Behavioral Health License for Substance Abuse Counseling.

  • 2010 – Staff was increased by 40% with additional VA Programs.

  • 2011 – OPCS received CARF Certification for addiction counseling services.

  • 2012 – The new Community Recovery Program was added, offering intensive, outpatient treatment for people with addictions, for the middle-income residents of southern Arizona. This program no longer exists.

  • 2013 Nick Jones retires as CEO of OPCS but his legacy and dream continue. Tom Litwicki named new CEO in June 2013.

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