Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth hosts public block party for grand opening of expanded Drop-In Center
Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth (NPHY) is inviting the public to a block party to celebrate the grand opening of its expanded Drop-In Center on Saturday, Jan. 31 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The free event will feature entertainment, games and other activities for all ages, tours, food and more. The Drop-In Center is located at 4981 Shirley Street, across from UNLV off of Tropicana Ave.
“The grand opening of our new and larger Drop-In Center is the culmination of a great partnership with Nevada Women’s Philanthropy, HomeAid Southern Nevada, and our Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth board and team to help more homeless kids in crisis achieve a brighter future,” said Arash Ghafoori, NPHY executive director. “Homelessness – particularly among youth – is a community problem, so we invite everyone to see how we’re making a difference, celebrate with us and our kids, and learn more about how to get involved.”
The new space allows the nonprofit organization to help the growing number of homeless teens with more capacity and ways to meet their basic survival needs while fostering self-sufficiency. More than 9,000 homeless youth were enrolled in the Clark County School District during the 2013-2014 school year.
The 2,600-square-foot expansion enhances existing youth service areas, including creating a new kitchen designed to serve the teens’ daily nutritional needs and providing room for group sessions to learn how to prepare and cook food. The project doubles the size of the existing center, adding new client spaces with a computer lab, staff office space, basketball court, gym, art and music rooms, and additional private areas for client in-take and tutoring.
The Drop-In Center expansion is the result of a rare partnership between three charitable organizations: Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth; Nevada Women’s Philanthropy (NWP), a member-driven, pooled-fund organization of philanthropically motivated women; and HomeAid Southern Nevada (HASN), founded in 2004 by the Southern Nevada Home Builders Association to build new lives for area homeless through housing and community outreach. The joint effort has been funded by a $350,000 grant from NWP, which has given more than $2.88 million to 15 Las Vegas area nonprofits since 2005. To offset the capital cost, HASN has provided an in-kind construction donation of a minimum $175,000. This contribution has allowed reallocation of limited resources to operational, programmatic and direct service costs, thereby strengthening the project’s long-term sustainability and furthering its impact.
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.
For more information about the block party and NPHY, to donate or get involved, visit www.nphy.org or call 702-383-1332.