Las Vegas, NV (KTNV)- Several teenagers are going to sleep tonight in a whole new room. That’s thanks to volunteers who spent the weekend updating a local teen homeless shelter.

“It was a place to live, but it wasn’t anything close to looking like this,” says Jeremy Scott, a youth who lives at the shelter.

Thanks to more than 800 volunteers this youth homeless shelter got a makeover.

“Everybody just pitched in and did what they can. Got blisters to show for it,” he exclaims.

With help from The Cross, a Christian church, and several local companies, rocks were brought in, doors taken apart, and furniture moved into the shelter.

“I was on the streets actually,” says Casey O’Mara, another youth at the shelter.

Working alongside the volunteers…are the teenage residents.

“Prior to it, it wasn’t very comfortable living here, but now it’s so relaxing,” continues O’Mara.

“I think the biggest importance of it is for the kids to know that other people besides people that work here actually love and care about them,” says the director of the Shannon West Homeless Youth Center, Kelly Robson.

After two days of hard work the first visible change is the landscaping. It has new plants, an irrigation system, and a dry riverbed. The new look doesn’t stop there.

The bedrooms are furnished with new wood floors and base boards, and a fresh coat of paint on the walls.

“We can always look back at this. It’s always going to be a good experience. Especially since I was living on the streets. I was homeless to living in this. It couldn’t get any better,” says Scott.

The volunteers say this was a big opportunity for them as well. More than $10,000 worth of furniture was donated to the shelter alone.


October 4, 2010

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