We give help and hope to more than 4,200 vulnerable men, women and children each day, regardless of religion, in southern Nevada by feeding, sheltering and transforming lives.
Feeding the Hungry
Seniors who are hungry are helped by family or the government.
In Nevada, one in seven seniors struggle with hunger – Many seniors do not have a family support system and rely on Meals on Wheels. We currently serve more than 2,100 isolated seniors daily. Government funding provides for only 60% of the actual cost of the meal. We continually have to cover the shortfall to provide for at-risk seniors.
“If I didn’t have a prepared dinner, I wouldn’t eat because I can’t get out of bed. I don’t know what I would do without Meals on Wheels. It would be very difficult,” Christine, Meals On Wheels client
As the baby boom generation continues to cross the 60-year age line, the amount of seniors and those who struggle with hunger is exponentially increasing. With additional support, Catholic Charities can bridge the gap to bring nutritious meals to homebound seniors and reduce our waiting list.
Sheltering Those in Need
Homeless individuals are lazy and do not want to work.
Many homeless individuals have simply fallen on hard times. They have lost a job, can’t find a job, or have no family. And many of the homeless are dealing with mental health and or addiction problems.
“I had nowhere to go. If it wasn’t for the team at Catholic Charities, I wouldn’t have gotten through this difficult time in my life. I’ll never forget the staff,” Walter, former shelter client
Catholic Charities needs more case managers to provide one-on-one assistance to help each person successfully transition from a homeless situation to becoming self-sufficient.
Once people have a job, they are able to provide for themselves. And if they still need help, the government provides the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program (SNAP), which helps them buy food.
One in seven people in Nevada is living in poverty. Over 5,000 people come to the Catholic Charities’ pantry each month for additional food. Their SNAP (government) benefits do not provide enough support to feed their families. Most families’ incomes are insufficient to pay all of their monthly bills.
“I am on a fixed income. I don’t have enough money to pay my rent, utilities and food. I could not feed my family without your help.” Marcus, food pantry client
There is a continuous need to provide nutritious food and supportive services for the more than 5,000 people who visit the food pantry each month.