The Quarterly Newsletter of OPCS 4501 E 5th Street, Tucson AZ 85711 (520) 546-0122 www.helptucson.org Volume 1 : Issue 2 Fall 2014 RESTORING LIVES, REBUILDING FAMILIES, CREATING COMMUNITY In This Issue Article Page CEO’s Corner 2 Copper Cactus Award Finalist 2 OPCS Team 2 Lowe’s Heroes To The Rescue 2 Bank of America Presentation 3 Hula Hoopla 4 Spotlight on the Staff 5 Alumni Corner 5 Veterans Corner 5 Coming Events Watch the OPCS Calendar at www.helptucson.org for up-to-date information First Tuesday Tours: Enjoy a Box Lunch and Tour of select OPCS recovery communities. Join us on the OPCS bus! November 4, 2014 11:30-1 December 2, 2014 11:30-1 Starting at: 3168 E. Kleindale Rd. PLEASE RSVP Nancy Jones, 989-8093 Email: [email protected] Please Note: OPCS Administrative Offices Have Moved We are now located at : 4501 E 5th St, Tucson AZ 85711 New Funding Assists Persons Returning to Tucson A new, expanded mentoring program, One Step at a Time 2014, will reach out to adult offenders who have histories of drug or alcohol abuse and who will, without this program, be homeless in Tucson/Pima County upon release from selected ADC facilities. Approximately 13% of all prisoners released from ADC annually are released to Pima County, with an average three year recidivism rate of 24.5%. In order to reduce this recidivism rate, OSAT 2014 will provide pre- and post- release mentoring and a menu of transitional services. Volunteer mentors will provide one-on-one mentor relationships for 300 offenders (mentees) to support safe and successful offender reintegration into the community. OPCS will carefully select 150 mentors from both faith-based and secular backgrounds. Twelve lead volunteer mentors will be identified to act as team leaders for small mentor groups of 8-9 mentors. Mentor recruitment will begin late 2014 or early 2015. The Inside Out Recovery Partnership (IORP) is a collaborative effort between the Pima County Behavioral Health Office, Pima County Sheriff’s Dept., Old Pueblo Community Services (OPCS) and other nonprofit organizations, with the primary objective of reducing recidivism for inmates leaving the Pima County Jail, increasing public safety in Pima County. The new IORP funding will allow us to reach a higher risk population than previously, focusing the program in the mental health step down unit of the main jail, in addition to the minimum security facility, and adding an intensive outpatient treatment phase for the highest risk immediately upon release. Offenders participating in either of these programs will have access to leveraged services including: substance abuse counseling, peer recovery support, HIV prevention education, and community job readiness and will show improved outcomes related to criminality, substance use, employment/income, housing and ability to reintegrate successfully in our community. Funding for these programs comes from the U.S. Department of Justice, Second Chance Act. Arizona VFW District 5 & Military Order of the Cootie Sahuaro Pup Tent 2 Presents River Rat Texas Hold-Em Poker Tournament To Benefit Old Pueblo Community Services SAVE THE DATE—Friday, January 23, 2015 OPCS Team CEO’s Corner During your last trip to the store, you may have noticed that we are rapidly approaching the holidays and a new year. Once again we will be buying special gifts for loved ones, preparing delicious family meals, and maybe even putting a couple logs on the fire. As you prepare for this holiday season, I ask that you consider joining us for our 2014 Fall Fundraising Luncheon on November 20th at the Jewish Community Center. This is your opportunity to join us in celebrating all of the accomplishments of 2014, while reaffirming our commitment to serving our community in 2015. Executive Staff Tom Litwicki Chief Executive Officer Mary Dreher Chief Financial Officer Terry Galligan Chief Operating Officer Nancy Jones By Tom Litwicki, M. Ed. Program Manager, Veterans Tucson has struggled with a challenging economic structure for many years, resulting in a rate of homelessness that is twice the national average. One out of every 100 Tucsonans experiencing homelessness at some point in their life. Old Pueblo Community Services serves as one solution to this problem, providing transitional housing, employment coaching, addiction and mental health counseling for persons who are currently homeless, along with homeless prevention services such as assistance with first time low-income homebuyers, foreclosure avoidance, and services that prevent eviction. This has resulted in approximately 300 persons that would otherwise be on the streets of Tucson in a home each day, outcomes of up to 80% moving to their own housing upon departure, and up to 72% increasing their income so that they can stay in their new home. At OPCS, we get results. We hope that you will join us in eradicating homelessness in Tucson, Arizona. Program Manager, Vets & Reentry Copper Cactus Awards Announce Finalists! Director of Development Ellyn Langer Director of Finance Katy Scoblink Director of Recovery Communities Greg Pike Director of Facilities Managers Angela Wilson Cynthia Alexander-Green Frances Salcido Housing Development Manager Old Pueblo Community Services is proud to be among the finalists in the TEP Charitable Nonprofit Business category of the Tucson Metro Chamber Copper Cactus Awards. Jacque Cozzens Program Manager, Veterans Jeanie Pike Human Resource Manager Juliandra Bailon Program Manager, Reentry Marc Canales Employment Services Manager Michael Melby Program Manager, SARRTP Sally Ramsey Intake and Administration Manager Yvonna Fields Program Manager, Reentry Board of Directors Gary Henman President Lindsey Feldman Vice President Scott Patka Secretary Robert Brauer Treasurer Jeannie Carlisle Carmen Ciuffetelli Lyle L. Ford Melissa Hendrickson Tom Litwicki Ex Officio/OPCS CEO Phillip Fergione Advisory Board Dan Haley Advisory Board Winners will be announced Thursday, October 30th. OPCS is honored to be a finalist in this category along with the following outstanding nonprofit organizations: Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum Autism Society of Greater Arizona Ben’s Bells Educational Enrichment Foundation Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona Handi-Dogs Interfaith Community Services Refugee Focus SARSEF Southern Arizona Research, Science & Engineering Foundation Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation Teen Outreach Pregnancy Services The Habistore Tucson Botanical Gardens YMCA of Southern Arizona Lowe’s Heroes To The Rescue The four Tucson Lowe’s stores came together in September to provide OPCS’s newest recovery community with an outdoor makeover, providing volunteers, tools and materials necessary to completely redo the courtyard area. From gravel to plants, they painted, graded, cleared, cleaned and planted a serenity garden for our Veterans. THANK YOU HEROES! Daniel Barney, Valencia Road Clint Harris, Oracle Road Jim Huegle, Speedway & Kolb Steve Hickman, Ina Road Before After Building Futures Annual Meeting and Fundraising Luncheon Thursday November 20th 12:00 to 1:00 Tucson Jewish Community Center To RSVP: Complete and return this half-page (over) or register online at www.helptucson.org/help_tucson/calendarEvents/ Luncheon Generously Provided By Silver Sponsor Bronze Sponsors Terry and Mayra Galligan Bank of America Continues Support of OPCS’s Community Renewal Programs Once again, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation has recognized OPCS in its efforts to bring affordable housing to those of low and moderate income. On August 7, 2014, the OPCS Community Renewal Phase II received a grant of $10,000. With this funding, the Bank of America Foundation demonstrates its commitment to strengthen the local communities served by Bank of America. Through the Community Renewal Program, OPCS purchases blighted properties and, with the talent of Greg Pike and OPCS Handyman Services, remodels the homes for resale to lower income members of the community. Coach Barb L to R: CEO Tom Litwicki, Bank of America representatives Adam Stewart and Tim Curry, Housing Development Manager Frances Salcido and COO Terry Galligan Funds provided by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation will be used to provide prospective first-time home buyers with prepurchase counseling, including credit repair and financial literacy. Buyers will also be required to participate in OPCS’s eight-hour HUDcertified homebuyers program. Community Renewals brings to the community an opportunity to place deserving families in their first homes, remove blighted properties from city neighborhoods and increase property values. Without the continued support of Bank or America, the Community Renewal Program would not be the success that it is today. YES, I will join you for lunch on November 20, 2014 Name: Phone: NO, I can not attend but would like to MAKE CHANGE POSSIBLE with this donation: ___ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ Other: _________________________________ $2,500—Building Futures $1,000—Building Hopes $750—Building Dreams $500—Chance for Change $400—AZ Tax Credit—Married $200—AZ Tax Credit—Single $100—Lend a Hand Contribute $____ per month for ____ months Please contact me about a multi-year pledge Email: Phone: Thank You! Hula Hoopla! August may be hot but that didn’t stop St. Phillips in the Hills volunteers, Rev. Vicki Hesse and Laura Gutowski, from getting everyone’s groove on with a Hula Hoop party! Stephanie Cortes from Cirque Roots was the hooping hostess for the ladies of Pantano House. Everyone had a great time laughing, joking and generally being just a little crazy. Sometimes it nice just to let go and have fun. Thanks to Vicki, Laura and Stephanie Cortes for a wonderful morning of fun and fellowship! # of Guests: □ Check Enclosed Please charge my gift to: □ Visa □ MasterCard □ AX $25 minimum per charge. Card # Exp. Date: Code # Zipcode: Signature: Spotlight On The Staff Employee of the Quarter House Manager of the Quarter Michael Melby, Program Manager A 3-year veteran of OPCS, Michael Melby is the definition of a dedicated employee. Recently Michael took a leadership roll as Project Manager at the newest OPCS residence for veterans recovering from addiction and substance abuse. As Program Manager for the newly opened SARRTP community, Michael is more than ready for the challenges his new position will bring. Amanda McMickle, House Manager Dedicated, caring, understanding, are just a few of the words people use to describe Amanda McMickle. As house manager, she is there for those who need guidance and an occasional firm hand in dealing with their problems. Clients and coworkers alike respect Amanda for the dedication and professionalism she brings to OPCS. Give Someone a New Beginning, Donate Today Our programs give clients self respect and a sense of value. Helping those returning from lives of homelessness, incarceration and substance abuse, your generous support helps OPCS meet this challenge. Together we will all have a meaningful, long-lasting impact on the lives of many. Go to www.helptucson.org, click “Donate Now” or contact: Nancy Jones, 520-989-8093 [email protected] If you would like to make an IN-KIND donation of Goods and/or Services please call 520-546-0122 Be sure to check OPCS out at www.WishListHeroes.org. There you will find the In-Kind Donations and Services we are in need of. You can also use Wish List Heroes to create crowd funding opportunities to help OPCS in our quest for needed items. Www.WishListHeroes.org OPCS is a 501(c)3 organization. Your gift is greatly appreciated and may be eligible for the AZ tax credit and Federal tax deduction as a charitable contribution. Alumni Corner It’s been a busy summer for the Alumni of OPCS. Thanks to the Jewish Community Center, clients and alumni of OPCS were able to enjoy monthly softball games. Coach Barb Team captains, Rebecca Benevidez and Barbara Christiansen, brought energy and spirit to the games! More than 120 ladies and gents played over the summer, proof that staying connected and having fun in recovery really ROCKS. The Mission of OPCS Alumni: Give Back, Stay Connected And Have Fun! Coach Becca In September, members of the Alumni Association volunteered at GAP Ministries to process and sort donations to their warehouse. This is a new, monthly commitment for the Alumni Association—an opportunity to give back and help others in our community. Veteran’s Corner The 22nd annual HopeFest, will be held once again at Kino Veteran’s Sports Park on Saturday, October 25th. Food and beverages will be available as well as services from DES, VA, Project Action, Red Cross and many other nonprofit social service agencies. HopeFest is open to all persons in need. This year, for the first time, there will be a dedicated Veteran’s area located on the field providing many services that have not been made available to veterans in the past. There will also be a special entrance for Veteran’s to allow for easier accessibility. Please join OPCS, Tucson Veterans Serving Veterans and many other providers and take advantage of all services available to our persons who are homeless or of low income. Tucson Chamber of Commerce Honors OPCS at Ribbon Cutting On Tuesday, September 16th, the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce honored OPCS at a ribbon cutting ceremony for our new SARRTP residence. Jim Click Automotive Team provided a wonderful array pastries and coffee for the many guests in attendance. Tom Litwicki, CEO of OPCS, took the opportunity to present certificates of appreciation to many of those whose dedication and hard work made this project a success. Our sincerest thanks to: Brian Rumsey Architecture, LLC Lowe’s Home Improvement Store’s The Jim Click Automotive Team City of Tucson Water Department The OPCS Facilities Staff Greg Pike - OPCS Facilities Manager Michael Melby - SARRTP Project Manager Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association 355th CES-EOD Flight Team It’s time to renew your Fry’s Rewards for 2014-2015! Shop Fry’s Community Rewards Program! Buy your groceries and Give to OPCS at the same time. Link your VIP card to our agency #64537. Go to the link below, register, click “Enroll” enter #6453, click OPCS then Enroll and you’re done. Go to: https://www.frysfood.com/account/create We wish to thank Men’s Wearhouse and their customers for another successful National Suit Drive. Their efforts brought more than 500 suits the men of OPCS. These suits provide men transitioning to the workforce the confidence to meet a prospective employer and transform their lives. THANK YOU to the men of Tucson who donated to this effort. Our Mission Possible Old Pueblo Group Vision Statement We envision a future in which all have the opportunity to reside in safe affordable housing and live meaningful self-defined dignified lives, as part of a healthy, inclusive community. OPCS Mission Statement Our mission is to support those persons in our community who are currently struggling with addiction, homelessness, and mental health concerns, by providing dignified supportive housing options, behavioral health counseling, employment coaching and peer support. We serve those most often forgotten and under-served in our community, including homeless veterans, persons retuning from incarceration, and those experiencing long term chronic homelessness. Old Pueblo Housing Development Mission Statement We transform the lives of families we serve by helping them achieve the dream of home ownership through education, down payment assistance, and construction of new homes. Additionally, we support families struggling to maintain the dream of home ownership by rehabilitating houses, advocating for families facing foreclosure, and advising families on all issues related to housing. Diversity Statement Welcoming all persons, regardless of race, ethnicity, religious preference, or sexual orientation. Employing a diverse workforce to best meet diverse client needs.
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