Las Vegas Rescue Mission programs.

Clark County and Las Vegas Nevada homeless individuals and the poor can turn to the Rescue Mission for housing, meals, and short term shelter. The location also runs a thrift store that is open to the general public and this resource can sell gently used clothing and/or household items. Those residents with the lowest incomes in Las Vegas may receive a voucher that they can use to pay for their clothing items.

Hot meals and food offered includes a dinner to the hungry in the community. In addition, a free breakfast is available for those overnight emergency shelter guests. Yet another program may serve a lunch (including a bag one) to those from the community that are enrolled in the residential recovery program. The Rescue Mission serves hundreds of meals per day to the homeless, hungry, shelter guests and disadvantaged in the region.

Other food assistance programs can help the needy. The center may pass out pastries, bread, dairy products, fruit and vegetables. The non-profit will also serve Holiday Food Baskets with turkeys, and these are provided to thousands of people around Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Single parents and mothers with babies are given special attention as well from the Rescue Mission. They are provided with free formula, diapers and baby food as needed. The organization also provides USDA Surplus Food to thousands of people per year. Last, but not least, the Rescue Mission food pantry can help needy families all across the Clark County community. They may receive groceries, boxes of emergency food, canned goods, and other support.

Emergency shelters are available for Las Vegas families and individuals. They target men, women, families, and children from the community and are available on a first come and first served basis. They can provide housing for a few days (provided conditions are met), meals, clothing, personal hygiene items and other support. There are separate facilities for women, men, children, and others.




An extended stay in the shelter may be available as part of the Work Program. Both single men and women are eligible for extended stay in the housing units if they can verify that they are currently employed. This will provide the client more time to save money and get prepared for more permanent housing.

For parents that are in job training or working, the Rescue Mission will partner with outside agencies and companies to arrange low cost or maybe even free child care or other services as needed. So for those people using the housing facilities, they can know their child is being cared for.

The Las Vegas Rescue Mission Thrift Store is open to anyone across Clark County Nevada. Any donated items, which can be picked up or dropped off, will go to the local Thrift Store. They will then be prepared for sale to the general public. The clothing, school supplies, furniture and other household items are sold at minimal cost. The money raised goes to fund the Rescue Mission programs, including their shelters, pay for financial aid, housing, and more.

A Clothing Ministry is also available on site. The Rescue Mission will coordinate a free clothing giveaway to the homeless, very low income and the needy in the Clark County community. Not only that, but the case managers can also pass out a voucher for families and individuals moving from the streets or shelter into a new apartment. This can help them get the items they need and set off on the right path. Clients are also able to get free starter kits of pots and pans, dishes, silverware, furniture and household items from the ministry.




The residential recovery program is for Las Vegas women and men with life-controlling addictions who want to make a positive life change. Social services staff and counselors coordinate recovery, rehabilitation, and preparation. This can help people return to a productive life and become self-sufficient. The recovery services are available for free to those that need help. Men stay in the New Life Center and women from the community will reside at the Shelter of Hope throughout the duration.

Residents need to take part in all classes, workshops, help with chores, and works towards self-sufficiency. So clients of the rescue mission residential recovery program need to actively take part in the process of getting better. Also, if they get a job, they can remain a resident for a longer period of time, if that is their desire.

The Las Vegas Rescue Mission is located at 480 West Bonanza Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89106-3227. Call (702) 382-1766 for more information on the services available.




By Jon McNamara

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