“I want to give dignity to these people. Some are treated worse than animals. I want to give them a nice place to go where they will have access to all the services they need to get back on their feet and reintegrate with society under one roof.”
- Humberto Lopez -
Hope for the Hopeless
In 2018, the H.S. Lopez Family Foundation purchased the former Holiday Inn Holidome with a vision to create a one-stop refuge of hope that would provide holistic support for guests as they journey out of homelessness into self-sufficiency.
This 150,000 square foot property is located in a non-residential zone which gives us plenty of room to expand services, like on-site medical and dental facilities. The 8,900 square foot ballroom provided a perfect location to provide an emergency shelter bed area and the existing 51 outdated suites were adopted by the community and renovated to provide emergency shelter for women and children, long-term shelter for men in addiction recovery, and shelter for other underserved populations. The hotel tower will be used to provide low-income permanent housing through La Frontera Arizona.
About the H.S. Lopez Family Foundation
In 2019, The Center of Opportunity completed renovations on the main building and began welcoming people off the streets to enjoy a warm meal and begin the process of restoration.
At the age of 12, Humberto Lopez’ father passed away, leaving his mother to care for six young children. This tragedy deeply impacted Humberto and he worked hard to come out of poverty. In 1975 he formed HSL Properties with the help of his business partner Glenn Toyoshima which became a very successful company specializing in the development of multi-family housing.
In 2007, Humberto and his wife Czarina created the H.S. Lopez Family Foundation with a deep desire to help the community by providing support to causes related to education, health and welfare.
In 2015, Humberto toured a one-stop homeless shelter in Phoenix and was so impressed that he vowed to duplicate the concept in Tucson if he were ever given the opportunity to do so.
When the Holiday Inn Holidome property became available, he saw an opportunity to fulfill his vision for Tucson with the hope that this would be a center that would restore the quality of life for thousands of people for years to come.
A Legacy of Compassion
Gospel Rescue Mission worked with Humberto Lopez to create a space that would preserve the dignity of those served as they journeyed out of homelessness.
Gospel Rescue Mission was founded in 1953 as a faith-based organization dedicated to transform the lives of the homeless in our community by addressing their physical, mental, spiritual and emotional needs.
Gospel Rescue Mission provides emergency shelter and recovery shelter for men and women. Case managers work with each person who enters the shelter to help them journey from homelessness to self-sufficiency. Their journey might begin with a warm meal and a safe bed but often leads them to seek help through our addiction recovery program, job skills training, counseling services, etc.
Gospel Rescue Mission worked with Mr. Lopez to create a space that serves the homeless with dignity and respect as they reclaim their lives and take steps towards self-sufficiency.