UNLV GEAR UP Staff Volunteer at Rescue Mission

CenterPoint Newsletter | January 2016 | by Robin Wood, Coordinator for GEAR UP & Jill Triplett, Director for GEAR UP


GEAR UP staff at The Las Vegas Rescue Mission

UNLV GEAR UP had the pleasure of volunteering at the Las Vegas Rescue Mission. Staff members served food, delivered trays, and filled water glasses for the homeless. Marcus Badgett, head of the volunteer program at the Las Vegas Rescue Mission, stated that the evening meal at the Mission is often the only human contact some people have each day and stressed how impactful conversation with the visitors can be.

The Las Vegas Rescue Mission, founded in 1970, started off with a few buildings and a small shelter. Today, the Mission feeds more than one thousand homeless individuals every day. In 2014 alone, more than 350,000 meals were provided to the community. In addition to daily meals the Mission also provides emergency shelter, clothing ministry, recovery programs. and spiritual guidance to the homeless population of Las Vegas.

Additionally, the Mission provides emergency shelter beds to men, women, and children on a first-come, first-serve basis. Guests are provided with breakfast, dinner, showers, and clean linens. They also give away clothing each week and have voucher programs for household items for those moving into permanent housing. All services are provided free of charge through those who generously donate time, food, and funds.

The GEAR UP staff enjoyed volunteering their time at the Las Vegas Rescue Mission. It was interesting to know that the Mission also provides a variety of other free food services to the community, such as a food pantry program for needy families, holiday food baskets, and supplies for women with children.

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