"Our guests are my heroes"


After a lifetime of dedication to the community Maria Lopez is retiring! Help us send her off in style!

When St. Elizabeth Shelter opened its doors in 1986 Maria Lopez was there to volunteer. Two years later, she became volunteer coordinator and in 1989 program manager of the Men's Emergency Shelter– a position she has held for 30 years!

It is not an understatement to say that St. Elizabeth is the place it is today because of Maria.

On March 1st Maria Lopez will be retiring. Over her 31 year tenure she has watched St. E's organization grow and contributed immensely whether it is bringing awareness to the community, assisting thousands experiencing homelessness, training hundreds of interns, collaborating with thousands of volunteers, or establishing infrastructure for various programs, Maria has been there every step of the way. Maria maintains that the clients are her heroes. She echoes the