LAS VEGAS – Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth (NPHY) is pleased to announce that Nevada Women’s Philanthropy has elected to award its annual Impact Grant to NPHY in the amount of $350,000, for the expansion of NPHY’s William Fry Youth Drop-In Center on Shirley Street in Las Vegas. NPHY is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing assistance and resources to homeless teenagers in Southern Nevada.
“The trust and support given to us by Nevada Women’s Philanthropy is extraordinary,” said Arash Ghafoori, NPHY executive director. “Given the rising population of homeless youth, both locally and nationally, the timing of this grant could not be better. As Nevada’s comprehensive service provider for homeless youth, we are proud to serve as their advocate and voice.”
NPHY plans to apply the NWP grant funds to constructing an expanded drop-in facility on property it owns adjacent to the existing William Fry Drop-In Center and it expects to begin construction early next year. When completed, the improved center will include a larger kitchen, pantry, shower and laundry facilities as well as an expanded computer lab and office space for the staff. It will also add brand new components like a basketball court, gym, art and music rooms, and more private areas for intakes and tutoring.
“NWP believes this grant will strengthen NPHY’s mission to actively prevent homelessness through intervention, family reunification and the fostering of self-reliance,” NWP President, Naz Ford said. “NWP is honored to be a part of this growing organization’s future.”
NPHY currently serves hundreds of homeless youth in Southern Nevada by supporting an entire continuum of care exclusively for homeless youth, including the area’s Safe Place network in partnership with Terrible Herbst Convenience Stores and the Regional Transportation Commission, as well as police and other emergency service providers.
For more information about the services and volunteer opportunities at NPHY, please visit www.nphy.org.
About Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth (NPHY)
Since its founding as an advocacy group in 2000, NPHY has grown from a small citizen coalition to the most comprehensive service provider in Southern Nevada for thousands of homeless youth. NPHY’s programs, including Outreach, Safe Place Mobile Crisis Intervention, “Operation Go Home” Family Reunification, the William Fry Drop-In Center, Emergency Shelter, and Independent Living Program, stabilize homeless teens’ lives, meet their immediate needs and provide a safe, supportive environment and a path to self-sufficiency. Through its work with homeless youth, NPHY creates productive, healthy adults who contribute to society.
The Nevada Women’s Philanthropy (NWP) is a member driven, pooled fund, large impact grant making organization established in 2005 to address the needs of the greater Las Vegas community. NWP’s membership consists of philanthropically motivated women, united by a powerful desire to address emerging issues facing our community in the areas of arts, education, environment, social services, and health. It has granted $2.9 million to 15 organizations since it was created in 2005. For more information, please visit www.nevadawomensphilanthropy.org.