LAS VEGAS – Olive Crest was awarded an $80,000 grant from the MGM Resorts Foundation to increase its ability to impact the vulnerable populations that Olive Crest serves, specifically with mental health and other emotional support services.
One of the primarily unseen and under reported impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic is the onslaught of mental health and relational struggles in the populations Olive Crest serves. This year alone, at least 19 students have tragically taken their lives in the Clark County School District; Isolation, anxiety, and depression are at an all-time high. As young people transition out of foster care mental health and emotional support services are often overlooked. Olive Crest is dedicated to this population and will be better able to serve them as a direct result of this grant.
Olive Crest believes an increase in access to mental health and additional emotional support services can help alleviate this problem in the vulnerable populations that Olive Crest serves. Low income and under served populations face long wait lists, delayed insurance approvals, and often haphazard unknown mental health providers. In crisis, these issues often prevent hurting individuals from successfully engaging in needed mental health services.
By increasing the availability of mental health and emotional support services, Olive Crest can successfully connect and assist our families when they encounter these barriers. The support of The MGM Resorts Foundation gives the support necessary to allow Olive Crest staff to ramp up its program and achieve sustainability. As a result, the number of individuals and families impacted can be increased.
“We are more than grateful for the incredible generosity of The MGM Resorts Foundation and their employees,” said Jimmy Monaghan, Olive Crest Executive Director in Las Vegas. “This gift helps energize our efforts to end child abuse and neglect. It is through the acts of generosity like this that children can be re-united with their families. These funds will go a long way towards our providing the mental and emotional support these families need. The result will be an increase in their quality of life and the realization that they are not alone. Thank you, MGM Resorts employees and The MGM Resorts Foundation, for allocating your resources to the most vulnerable among us. You have helped us bring new life to children and their fragmented families in our city.”
“The MGM Resorts Foundation is honored to support Olive Crest’s mission to provide ample resources and opportunities for young people and their families who are in dire need of mental health services,” said Jyoti Chopra, Chair of the MGM Resorts Foundation Board.
Olive Crest believes that everyone they serve can not only be equipped with the resources, knowledge, and support needed to heal from abuse and trauma but also assisted to accomplish goals, and to develop the skills necessary to become stable, healthy, productive people.
Grant money will open doors to make comprehensive mental health more accessible. Families and children will get wrap-around support, and various services that help stabilize children, youth, and their caregivers. Each program will be tailored to increase everyone’s individual quality of life. Every aspect of this is designed to increase positive emotional health and positive coping strategies.
Olive Crest works hard to make the most of every dollar. They operate with a mix of public and private funding to cover every aspect of the services provided to their clients plus administrative costs.
About The MGM Resorts Foundation
The purpose of The MGM Resorts Foundation is to collect and distribute monies and assets donated by employees of MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) for the aid and support of qualified community nonprofit programs, agencies or organizations designated exclusively by MGM Resorts’ employees. The Foundation also collects and distributes donations made by a broad base of donors to support activities organized by MGM Resorts employees and approved by the Foundation’s board of directors to benefit qualified nonprofit charitable organizations.
About Olive Crest
Since 1973, Olive Crest has transformed the lives of more than 175,000 abused, neglected, and at-risk children and their families. The organization works tirelessly to meet the individual needs of kids in crisis by providing safe and loving homes, counseling, and education for both youth and parents.
Olive Crest’s many innovative programs reflect a conviction that strengthening the family is the most powerful way to help heal children. With unwavering compassion, the Olive Crest family maintains a lifelong commitment to the youth and the families it serves even after they have graduated from the organization’s programs.
In 2020, Olive Crest served over 24,000 children and families throughout Nevada, California and the Pacific Northwest. For information, call (702) 685-3459 or visit: www.olivecrest.org/nevada