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 shelter services, one-on-one case management and access to life skills classes, job readiness education and support groups.

Restoring Dignity and Achieving Self-Sufficiency

  • Assigned sleeping area
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Access to meals at the St. Vincent Lied Dining Facility
  • One-on-one intensive Case Management for support and guidance
  • Attend Life Skills Classes, employment readiness education, and support groups
  • 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 – Thursday 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.