Our ministry is launching a brand new location for our Week of Hope program – Las Vegas, NV. We consider it a great privilege and honor to bring this service experience to this city with such real needs.
Beyond the glitz and glam of Vegas, there are 2 million who call “Sin City” their home. Vegas is viewed to the outside world as a tourist’s Mecca, where people come to win big, elope, and indulge in a variety of shows and entertainment . Beyond the Strip and out in the suburbs of Henderson and Boulder City, those who call Las Vegas home see it in a whole different light.
Nevada currently leads the nation in unemployment at 14.4% . They currently lead the nation in foreclosures. What those numbers cannot tell you is each individual story of hardship from people and families who call Las Vegas their home.
Take for example the tiny suburb of Boulder City, NV, located 20 miles outside of the Las Vegas Strip. “Boulder City was initially created to house the workers who built Hoover Dam, and as such, was a significant and integral part of the successful completion of the Boulder Canyon Project. Constructed in 1931 in the midst of the Great Depression, Boulder City was conceived by the Federal Government as an ideal town, a “model” city to which the American people could look for hope of a better future.”
Today tourism from the Dam fuels the local economy. Last year, 1st Baptist Church of Boulder City, NV closed their doors and donated their building to Hope Baptist Church in Las Vegas. Hope Baptist Church has teamed up with Week of Hope to serve this wonderful community summer of 2011. Hope Baptist will be working with area ministries and partner organizations in need of volunteers to bring hope and light to those who cannot seem to get free from the darkness and despair.
Our local ministry partners, Wes and Ariane, are a committed Christian couple who live and work in the Las Vegas area. Wes works is sales and Ariane is a school teacher. The love their community and can see the real needs around them everyday. They are going to have youth groups partnering with several local ministries – most likely this would involve painting a school, running sports camps, crafts for children, all at the same location with each group rotating assignments every day.
If your group is looking for an amazing service experience this summer, we’d love to serve with you in Vegas this summer. Visit the Las Vegas location page.