Three Nonprofts Work Together to Help Homeless Youth – Pouring the “Foundation for Success” with Expanded Drop-In Center at Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth

Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth, Nevada Women’s Philanthropy and HomeAid Southern Nevada poured the foundation for the NPHY Drop-In Center.In a rare partnership between three charitable organizations, members from Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth (NPHY), Nevada Women’s Philanthropy (NWP) and HomeAid Southern Nevada (HASN) came together to pour the foundation of success as the construction began on the new expansion for the NPHY Drop-In Center.

NPHY’s first priority is to meet youths’ immediate needs so their sole focus is no longer survival. Through the Drop-In Center, youth are provided essentials such as food, clothing and hygiene supplies. A case manager assesses their unique needs and circumstances and develops a case plan for ending their situation of homelessness, such as family reunification or entry into an age-appropriate transitional living program.

“We are amazed how this all came together and with the generosity of these organizations,” said Arash Ghafoori, executive director for NPHY. “The problem of youth homelessness is an ever-expanding crisis across the country and in Southern Nevada, and the Drop-In Center expansion will allow us to provide more services to the homeless youth in the community, giving them a greater chance at a successful life. The generosity of Nevada Women’s Philanthropy made the project possible, and the participation of HomeAid Southern Nevada allows us to do even more than originally anticipated.”

The 2,600-square-foot expansion includes converting the existing administrative offices into youth service areas and a new kitchen, designed not only to serve the daily nutritional needs of the youth, but also allowing room for group learning sessions where the youth learn to prepare and cook food. The expansion will more than double the size of the existing center, and also will include a computer lab and staff office space, basketball court, gym, art and music rooms, and additional private areas for in-taking clients and tutoring.

The Drop-In Center expansion is funded by a $350,000 grant from Nevada Women’s Philanthropy, which has given more than $2.88 million to 15 Las Vegas area nonprofits since 2005.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.

“We are honored to partner with Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth and HomeAid Southern Nevada to impact the lives of so many youth who deserve to have the support and resources to live a full and productive life,” said Kelly Petersen, president of Nevada Women’s Philanthropy. “We believe that with the expanded center and the additional services it can offer, NPHY will change the lives of even more teens in the community and put them on the road to self-reliance.”

To offset the capital cost, HASN is providing an in-kind construction donation of a minimum $175,000.HASN’s mission is to build shelters, facilities and transitional living spaces for homeless men, women and children throughout Southern Nevada.

“The home building industry in Southern Nevada really is pulling together to help HomeAid in its mission to provide shelter for the homeless and at-risk populations in our community,” said Rocky Cochran, vice president of construction for Pardee Homes, president of the State of Nevada Home Builders Association and past president of Southern Nevada Home Builders Association. “The partnership of Southern Nevada Home Builders Association and HomeAid is the perfect fit, and the NPHY Drop-in Center expansion project is the perfect opportunity to meet a community need. It’s a home run.”

NPHY is the only government-designed “Right to Shelter” agency in Clark County, an important distinction that enables it to provide housing and other necessary services to abused, neglected, and abandoned unaccompanied minors without parental consent when other agencies cannot.

NPHY’s substantial return on investment to the community is evident in the thousands of homeless teenagers in Southern Nevada who, as a result of participation in the organization’s programs, are no longer on the streets, have reconnected with family members, graduated from high school, gained sustainable employment, and transitioned to safe, stable housing and brighter futures.

About the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth Drop-in Center Expansion  

Founded in 2000, Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth (NPHY), the most comprehensive provider of services to Southern Nevada homeless youth, is expanding its Drop-in Center in Las Vegas with a $350,000 grant from Nevada Women’s Philanthropy (NWP). The member-driven, pooled-fund organization of philanthropically motivated women has granted $2.88 million to Las Vegas area nonprofits in the areas of the arts, education, environment, social services and health since it was established in 2005.

NPHY is using the grant to more than double the size of the drop-in center with a larger kitchen, pantry, computer lab and staff office space. New features will include a basketball court, gym, art and music rooms, and additional private areas for intaking clients and tutoring. NPHY and NWP are partnering with HomeAid Southern Nevada (HASN), which is providing an in-kind construction donation – a minimum $175,000 – to offset capital costs. Founded in 2004 by the Southern Nevada Home Builders Association, HASN builds new lives for area homeless through housing and community outreach. Its contribution will allow reallocation of limited resources to operational, programmatic and direct service cost. This will strengthen the project’s long-term sustainability and further its impact. For more information, visit www.nvwomensphilanthropy.org and www.homeaidsn.org

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