Volunteers renovate transitional housing for Las Vegas homeless teens

Updated May 11, 2017 - 10:46 pm

Homeless teens walked through the doors of eight residences throughout the Las Vegas Valley late Thursday afternoon to discover renovations and updates to the places they currently call home.

The makeovers, which included re-tiled floors, replaced washers, dryers, cabinets and refrigerators and new bedding, were made possible through the efforts of Keller Williams Realty’s local branch.

The real estate company’s national day of service, known as RED Day for Renew, Energize and Donate, began in 2009, and local branch employees have dedicated their time to the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth for the past five years.

This year, nearly all of Keller Williams’ 200-plus employees volunteered their time at eight houses and condos across the valley. Two are emergency shelters for homeless youth, and six are independent living homes for 20 homeless teens in transitional situations.

Lanette Rivera, a communications associate for the homeless youth partnership, said the occupants have to abide by some ground rules to qualify for independent living. Partnership associates known as “house parents” monitor the kids, and most take life skills classes, go to therapy, have jobs and even attend college.

Painting and pulling weeds

Keller Williams employees arrived at 8 a.m. to begin work at one of those houses in a Las Vegas neighborhood.

Painters coated the house in fresh layers of paint, while volunteers cleaned the kitchen, pulled weeds and brought in new bedding for the three bedrooms.

“Last year when we did this house, I kept looking at the house on the outside, and I’m like, this is our thing. Next year we have to get this house painted,” said Traci Human, a top-producing agent on the agent leadership committee. “The eaves were all peeling.”

Human has been renovating houses through the program for four years and said she particularly enjoys the kids’ reactions.

“They are teenagers, and you think that kids don’t usually show that, but they let us know that they really appreciate that,” she said.

Later in the afternoon, sounds from hammering and an electric screwdriver resonated throughout the small house, as volunteers clothed in red shirts and hats chatted happily while munching on pizza.

Patricia Matthew, a team leader with the real estate company, even let her two sons skip school to help out.

“Our office is empty today. Everybody is dedicated to RED Day,” Matthew said.

“It’s definitely a spirit and a culture of giving.” she said of the international company day, which offices in 35 countries observe.

Arash Ghafoori, the homeless youth partnership’s executive director, pointed to Keller Williams’ months of fundraising for renovation supplies and services as the secret to success.

“This effort, which all culminates in one day, doesn’t just happen in one day,” he said.

Ghafoori said the renovation was much-needed for those in the transitional living program.

“They are youth and teens and young adults and, at the end of the day, they tend to produce a lot of wear and tear.”

Contact Brooke Wanser at bwanser@reviewjournal.com. Follow @Bwanser_writes on Twitter.

ad-high_impact_4
Local
Bump stock manufacturers under fire
The Justice Department said last month that it had started the process to amend federal firearms regulations to clarify that federal law defines bump stocks as machine guns.
Art Bell’s Top 10 Shows
A selection of radio host Art Bell’s most popular shows.
Longtime Las Vegas attorney John Momot dies at age 74
Criminal defense attorney John Momot, who represented mob figures and even played himself in the movie “Casino,” has died.
David Copperfield in court after man injured during magic trick
The attorney for a British man who is suing illusionist David Copperfield said his client suffered serious injuries after being called on stage during Copperfield's show at MGM Grand.
5 things connecting Las Vegas and Marilyn Monroe
1. Marilyn Monroe, known then as Norma Jeane, obtained her first divorce in Las Vegas at the age of 20 on September 13, 1946. 2. According to some biographers, Monroe lived at 604 S. 3rd Street for four months during the summer of 1946. The house has since been torn down and is now the site of a parking lot. 3. In 1954, Monroe almost married Joe DiMaggio in Las Vegas but the wedding was called off last minute. The wedding was to be held at the Hotel El Rancho Vegas which was located on the southwest corner of Sahara Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard. 4. Las Vegas has at least one road dedicated to the star. Marilyn Monroe Avenue is located in east Las Vegas and intersects with Betty Davis Street and Cary Grant Court. 5. There are currently more than 20 Marilyn Monroe impersonators for hire in the Las Vegas Valley.
Sir Richard Branson announces purchase of Hard Rock Hotel
Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, has acquired the Hard Rock Hotel with partners and plans to turn it into a Virgin-branded property by the end of 2019.
3 Centennial High School students killed in Calif. crash (Full)
Three Centennial High School students were killed Thursday morning in Southern California when their vehicle was struck by a suspected drunken driver while they were enjoying their spring break, according to a family member of one of the victims.
Retail Restroom Sexual Assault Suspect
Las Vegas police are asking for help finding a man they said groped a woman in a south Las Vegas Valley restroom. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)
Calvary Christian Learning Academy, “There was no fair warning.”
Samantha O’Brien, whose three-year-old daughter attended the Calvary Christian Learning Academy daycare, found out Monday night when her daughter’s teacher called about the school closing.
Mojave Max at Springs Preserve
File footage of Mojave Max at Springs Preserve. (Springs Preserve)
Companies bet their futures on cryptocurrency
Two Las Vegas entrepreneurs talk about finding their niche in blockchain enabled technologies and digital currency.
Solar panels reduce energy bill for CCSD
Wilbur and Theresa Faiss Middle School is one of 42 CCSD schools with solar panel installations, saving approximately $514,000 per year in energy costs.
Red carpet at MGM for Dan Reynolds Believer screening
Kats on the red carpet for the VIP screening of "Believer," the documentary by Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds about how the Mormon Church treats its LGBTQ members.
Driver dies in single-vehicle crash
One person is dead after an early Wednesday morning crash in the northwest valley. The single-vehicle crash was called in about 1:35 a.m. on Jones Boulevard just north of Deer Springs Way, according to Metropolitan Police Department Sgt. Robert Stauffer. The driver, who was the only person inside the vehicle, died at the scene.
Uber Health to Improve Patient Ride-Hailing Services
Uber Health to Improve Patient Ride-Hailing Services On Thursday, Uber launched its Uber Health platform for healthcare providers. Medical facilities, rehab centers, clinics and hospitals can book rides for patients from a centralized dashboard – no app required. According to Techcrunch, Uber Health general manager Chris Weber noted some 3.6 million Americans miss appointments due to lack access to reliable transportation. Uber’s endeavors into health care trace back to 2014, when Uber first offered on-demand flu shots in large markets across the U.S. Since then there have been similar efforts throughout the world, from diabetes and thyroid testing in India, to subsidized rides for breast cancer screening in the U.S., to many more. Last summer, over 100 healthcare organizations joined the platform during a private beta. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Las Vegas firefighters put out blaze along Bonanza Road
Las Vegas firefighters put out a blaze that burned for about 15 minutes Feb. 20, 2018, along Bonanza Road, across from the Las Vegas Review-Journal. (Jeff Mosier/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Cabana Market Shooting -- Persons of Interest
On February 3, 2018 at approximately 1:57 p.m., patrol officers were dispatched to a parking lot located in the 3900 block of East Owens Avenue to investigate a report that a man had been shot. Responding officers located an unresponsive adult male suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)
TOP NEWS
News Headlines
Events
Home Front Page Footer Listing
Circular
You May Like

You May Like