Join Our Mission: we need your support to adopt your Towne and Country parking lot.

When a homeless person or panhandler shows up, or a crime occurs, we are asking those in the area to call us right when it happens.  We have a team of interventionists who will come assess the situation and offer to transport the homeless individual to one of our community partner shelters or rehabs.  We have received calls in the last few weeks, met with security and the police, and they supported us in our mission to take the person to get help, instead of to jail.  

We are a nonprofit and have broad community support in this initiative. We are meeting with the metropolitan police area commander and the city councilman there this week.

Optimally, we would love if local businesses would allow us to put a small sign up that says “Vegas Stronger Recovery Area – Restore Rancho Project” alongside our phone number for the community to call when they need a homeless intervention.

Thank you for your consideration and we’re excited to work with your community!

According to the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, as of January 1st, 2019, there were 7,169 homeless people in Nevada. The National Coalition for Homeless, The Substance Abuse, and Mental Health Administration estimated that 38% of the homeless population were dependent on alcohol and 26% were dependent on drugs. Meaning that 2,724 Nevada homeless individuals were alcohol dependent, and 1,864 were drug dependent as of January 1st, 2019.

Rehab is expensive, an outpatient detox program ranges from $1,000 – $1,500, a thirty-day inpatient program can cost between $6,000 and $75,000. A three-month outpatient program at Hazelden Betty Ford, costs $10,000. Medication for a year-long methadone treatment for heroin addiction costs $4,700.[2] Obviously, the majority of the homeless population does not have the resources for these programs.

Nevada, Las Vegas, in particular, has a homelessness problem that lacks the requisite programs to address the underlying issues. Alcohol and drug dependence among the homeless is prevalent, and the cost of treatment is not within reach. Restoring Rancho will attempt to correct a small portion of the current homelessness and drug and alcohol problem in our community.

Restoring Rancho will begin with a small demonstration project located in the Rancho Towne and Country Shopping Center, located at 850 S Rancho Drive, Las Vegas 89106. Restoring Rancho will place No Panhandling signs throughout the parking lot and storefronts. After the signs have been placed the homeless who continue to panhandle will be approached by Restoring Rancho volunteers and provided with two options. The first option provided is for police to be called and to remove them by a police car. The second option will provide them the opportunity for a hot shower, three meals, and an alcohol and drug assessment. After the assessment, appropriate rehab options will be made available to them at no cost.

The result of Restoring Rancho will be two-fold. The first is providing a community safety effort for the Rancho Towne and Country shopping center. The second, a small portion of the homeless population will take advantage of this free service being offered to them and become contributing members of society. The belief is the Rancho Towne and Country shopping will be clear of panhandlers within one year.

 

What is Vegas Stronger?

Utilizing our network of community partners, Vegas Stronger will unite medication, therapeutic treatment, case management, housing and work training, along with a wide variety of social services to create an effective web we are certain will greatly diminish detrimental impacts from the opioid epidemic.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world: indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”

- Margaret Mead, anthropologist, recipient of the Planetary Citizen of the Year Award in 1978.


Our Credo

Our Credo is based on the principle that change is optimally effectuated when our Community is fully engaged in pulling together toward the desired outcome.  All Las Vegans, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or any other demographic factor, deserve the opportunity to live a fully productive life free from addiction to opioids of every sort.  Interventions required to achieve this outcome will include non-opioid-based medication assisted treatment, behavioral therapy, safe housing, case management as well as occupational and vocational training.  In addition to those factors we also recognize the crucial healing role of nutrition, physical fitness, spirituality and fellowship. Vegas Stronger is dedicated to full facilitation and integration in the delivery of these remedies.

Our Vision

Our Vision is that through the application of our Credo, every opioid addicted person will be provided an easily accessible pathway to seek out, find and live their own best life through an individualized recovery process.

Vegas Stronger Founder

Our Founders

Our Founders, Dave Marlon, Tom Skancke and John Seeland aim to unite the Las Vegas community and bring solution-oriented action to bear on the challenges we face in battling the scourge of opioid addiction.  Nothing could be more important than saving and improving the life of even one woman, man or baby afflicted by the opioid epidemic. The repercussions and reverberation of each such result will multiply and impact myriads within and beyond our locality. 

Our Partners

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In order to achieve the desired outcome – that every opioid addicted person will be provided an easily accessible pathway to seek out, find and live their own best life through an individualized recovery process – a robust hub-and-spoke network of community partners will be required.  

Every Dollar Makes a Difference

Facilitating, providing and coordinating all these services will require funding.  Vegas Stronger is a privately funded charity focused on reducing opiate addiction in Las Vegas.  We will access grants as well as accept private donations. But above all, we will ensure all funding comes from, and is allocated to, sources that are consistent with our Mission, Credo and Vision.

Join us in our effort to help the Las Vegas community beat addiction