Get Involved with the Vegas Stronger Mission

At Vegas Stronger, we are addressing big issues in the community of Las Vegas. With your help, we can make a difference for many people.

Funding and Donations

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.  In addition, all funding will be expended only in pursuit of efforts aimed at providing cost-free, or on a sliding scale, Naltrexone to addicts in need. The reason Naltrexone is not widely available is due lack of a champion and exorbitant pricing.  Vegas Stronger will be that champion and conduit.  

Restoring Rancho Initiative

When a homeless person or panhandler shows up, or a crime occurs, we are asking those in the Rancho Shopping Center 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. 
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.

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.

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 began 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.