Javier Lopez takes the helm at Valley Restart Shelter in Hemet

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Javier Lopez is the new executive director at Valley Restart Shelter in Hemet. Valley News/Diane A. Rhodes photo
When Javier Lopez assumed the position of executive director at Hemet’s Valley Restart Shelter in August, he hit the ground running. Stepping into the role that Linda Rogers retired from after 18 years, Lopez said he was prompted to apply to meet the challenges of taking VRS to the next level. “The position was asking for a visionary to help guide VRS through its leadership transition and I bring an extensive background working with nonprofits and government officials,” Lopez said. Lopez, who served as director of community engagement at the Coachella Valley Housing Coalition and as executive director at Birth Choice of the Desert, has been working on community engagement by sharing his plans at meetings with service groups throughout the valley. [gallery td_select_gallery_s
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