Resident Empowerment Program

Featured Story:
Santbir Singh

Santbir Singh recently attended the professional cook class as part of the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas partnership with Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada. A resident of Las Vegas since 1996, Santbir had fallen on hard times and is a current resident in Catholic Charities’ Resident Empowerment Program, which offers a structured environment for homeless men who want to gain self-sufficiency through employment. Santbir excelled in his professional cook training class and was even selected to assist Patrick Simon, Vice President of Sales and Culinary Operations, in a demonstration of knife skills at a national conference. After graduating, Santbir got a job as a cook at the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino making nearly $20 an hour. The next step is finding his own apartment. “The Academy and Catholic Charities supported me a lot,” he says. “I have no words to thank all the people here.” Congratulations, Santbir, on your success!

Last year Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada donated a refrigerated truck to the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas in exchange for tuition for vocational training for Catholic Charities’ clients. Santbir is an example of how non-profits collaborating together can make a difference and transform lives in southern Nevada.

Student success story courtesy of Culinary Academy of Las Vegas

Resident Empowerment Program

Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday
7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Contact Us

Client Services
1511 Las Vegas Boulevard North
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
702-387-2282

Recognizing that independence is achieved one step at a time, the Resident Empowerment Program (REP) offers a structured environment for homeless men who want to gain self-sufficiency through employment. With minimal eligibility requirements and honest participation, individuals can receive emergency services, professional case management and access to life skills classes, job readiness education, while maintaining their dignity.

Men in our program are provided immediate basic needs, such as:

  • Shelter in a clean and safe environment
  • Meals are provided at the St. Vincent Lied Dining Facility.
  • Personal hygiene items.

Restoring Dignity and Achieving Self-Sufficiency

  • Each client receives an intensive assessment by Case Management upon entry
    in the program.
  • One-on-one personalized Case Management for support and guidance.
  • Life Skills Classes are offered in Success Training, Problem Solving, Communication Skills, Work Place Preparedness, Addiction Awareness and an Open Forum.
  • Each resident participates in job skill experiences with our programs throughout
    our campus.
  • Referrals to community resources.

Qualifications to Join the Resident Empowerment Program

  • Be a Nevada Resident with State picture Identification Card
  • 18 years or older
  • U.S. Citizen or valid INS authorization to work
  • Social Security Card
  • Mentally and physically able to work

Entering the Program

Orientation is held in Client Services Office, Monday – Friday at 3:00 p.m., except holidays.

If You Would Like to Help

Items Needed:

  • Suits and Interview attire
  • Black slacks and white shirts
  • Socks and undergarments
  • Men’s shoes, especially non-slip work shoes and boots
  • Shower Shoes/flip flops
  • Backpacks
  • Bicycle locks
  • Drink flavor packets

Toiletry items such as:

  • Soap
  • Razors and Shaving kits
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrushes and Toothpaste
  • Combs
  • Shampoo and Lotion

If you would like to provide life changing education for one of our clients to attend classes at the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas, you may make a monetary donation towards tuition here. Please designate the Resident Empowerment Program. Tuition ranges from $435 to $3,284 for the following classes:
Bus Person tuition $672
Guest Room Attendant tuition $679
Utility Porter tuition $679
Bar Apprentice tuition $650
Bar Porter tuition $435
Fountain Worker tuition $790
Food Server tuition $1,082
Steward tuition $749
Baker’s Helper tuition $1,727
Wine Server tuition $1,155
Sommelier tuition $2,750
Professional Cook tuition $3,284

For more information on the services offered or to learn how you can help, please call 702-387-2282.