As one piece of this commitment to giving back, we participated in the expansion of the Drop-In Center for the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth, part of a six-figure in-kind donation of construction labor and materials provided by local contractors and suppliers through HomeAid Southern Nevada. We recently completed the installation of a new solar system for the Drop-In Center as part of this project.
The Drop-In Center is an essential part of the mission of NPHY.
The Drop-In Center is NPHY’s hub, serving as an entry point to all of NPHY’s programs and a connector to our community’s full range of services for homeless youth. For many homeless youth, walking through the doors of NPHY’s Drop-In Center is their first, crucial step beyond the streets.
NPHY’s Drop-In Center provides homeless youth, ages 12 – 21, with immediate needs services while linking them to the resources they need to ultimately become independent. Our Drop-In Center provides respite from the streets and first meets homeless youths’ basic needs by providing them with food, clothing, hygiene supplies, haircuts, bus passes, calling cards, and other survival supplies. Only once homeless youths’ basic needs are met are they often able to turn from “survival mode” and begin focusing on the future.
In an earlier phase of the project, discussed in Topping Off the Foundation for Success, Cooper Roofing & Solar provided a new roof, removing the existing roofing system and installing a new one, with tile donated by Boral Roofing. During this portion of the project we also removed the solar system from the existing building to allow for other necessary construction and remodeling work to be completed. The new solar system will allow NPHY to save money on its utilities so it can devote more of its resources to providing vital services to our community and our youth.
The expansion of the NPHY Drop-in Center was part of HomeAid Southern Nevada’s commitment to building new lives for the homeless in Southern Nevada through housing and community outreach. The bulk of this upgrade was completed earlier in 2015 with NPHY hosting a block party to commemorate the event. Cooper Roofing & Solar president Scott Donnelly currently serves as Vice President for HomeAid Southern Nevada.
We are extremely gratified to have been able to be a part of the expansion of the Drop-In Center, which will allow NPHY to continue and expand upon the essential role it plays in our community.