It’s hard to believe all the services Shade Tree offers to the ladies. When I think of shelter, I imagine cots lined up on the floor and people sitting around just to get off of the sidewalk. I volunteered for about a month for school and I have learned that this place is so much more. Shade Tree is not just a shelter. It is a place to get what you need to start again. They have a variety of services available. When you are hungry, you are fed. And not just soup and sandwiches. You can have cereal and milk for breakfast or oatmeal and coffee. I was there during lunch time and saw once they served pizza and another time they had turkey. If you want to take classes to learn about finances they have a bank come in to teach it, if you want to exercise they have yoga (Yoga at a homeless shelter is amazing!), you want to learn computers, they have a class for that. If you want to get a job, they have a program to help you do that, too. It seems as if anything you might need to help you get back on your feet, Shade Tree has is for you. In regards to one of the other comments, while I volunteered there I did see one altercation between some of the ladies there and I think the staff handled it well (I couldn’t do there job) but I would think that when you get that many people living in the same place together stuff like that is bound to happen once in a while.
The Shade Tree is a great organization that brings hope to families! It was a honor to serve the clients and staff last week as we painted murals, sorted clothing, served a meal, etc. Marian is a great director with an amazing heart. If you are looking for a place to serve in Las Vegas, to give back to those who desperately need to be encouraged, The Shade Tree is the place for you!
It is always a joy to volunteer at the Shade Tree. Most people from the staff to the clients show gratitude and appreciation to any effort shown to assist them. I feel welcome every time I go. I would love to go back and just be a part of this facility that assisting women and children in need.
My ministry team, Highway to Hope, has cooked and served meals at The Shade Tree a few times annually for close to ten years. Recently, we expanded the relationship and brought in crews to paint murals, remodel the pantry, sort a basement full of donations and teach a class in resume writing. The vast majority of the clients we have encountered over the years seem very much at ease, and often engage in conversations with us. Although these ladies and children are going through some incedibly rough times, the atmosphere at The Shade Tree is upbeat and calm. If you are looking for a place to volunteer, the enrollment process is easy, and the Volunteer Coordinator, Marian Thomas, is very organized and responsive. Even more importantly, Marian recognizes that the needs of their clients go way beyond the basic necessity of food, clothing and shelter, and she exhibits patience and respect in her client interactions. Highway to Hope looks forward to a continued, fruitful, and always mutually beneficial relationship with The Shade Tree.
I volunteered at The Shade Tree last month with a group of my friends from school. We wanted to give-back to the women in our community and picked this place to volunteer. I was impressed with the number of services they offered women and their children. We got to work in their children's center. We read to the kids, helped with crafts and cleaned up. If you are looking for a place to volunteer I highly recommend The Shade Tree.
I have volunteered several times. Recently i volunteered for Christmas in October where all of the children got presents. Also, I was there when all the children were given out costumes. The shade tree makes families feel at home.
I came to The shade Tree shelter about a month ago as a Domestic Violence client..but as a Minister even we go through some trials and tribulations. The Shade Tree helped me put my life on track get my health back with their stillman Clinic Miss kanace helped me to get all my medicines.. I came there with nothing but a little bag of clothing my health was poor but within 30 days I found a job with the help of Miss Maggie and the employment center with a place to stay. maggie really work hard to help find employment for the woman there. As a woman in ministry I even got a chance to help others with life problems. If it wasnt forthe support of the volunteers there and the people who donate I dont know where i would be... I nominate the Shade Tree Shelter. Thank You for changing my life..
this is my first experience volunteering for a shelter, when I did my orientation, I did believe that this organization is very organized and helping our people, women and children to get a better chance in life after a crisis in family , it is really benefitting everybody in the society. My child also volunteers here and she could see that Shade Tree is a very secure for kids. well done shade tree!
I have had the privilege of volunteering at The Shade Tree on several occasions. The safety and comfort that they provide for women, children and also their pets is incredible. Marlene Richter and her staff are warm, caring people who work to give homeless and abused women and children stability and skills for self-reliance. I was so moved by my experience.
I became aware of the Shade Tree several years ago and the work that Marlene and her people are doing is wonderful for women children and their pets. Each year that I visit them, I come away feeling so grateful to know them and to know there is a safe harbor at the Shade Tree for families in need.
I remember the Motther's Day Event!! It was sooo much fun! We got there early and started to set up the items..there were things from body wash and lotions tto scarfs and sweaters for the moms. After set up, each child was called and accompanied by their own "shopper" to pick out what they wanted to give their moms. The why's behind their reasons were priceless. Thank you Shade Tree for making moms and ladies feel special because holidays can be extremely difficult.
When I started to volunteer at The Shade Tree it was for school, as I continued to go there twice a week and serve the families lunch, it became a part of me. They would talk to me sometimes about how blessed they feel to have a home within the shelter, and how they learn things such as how to write a resume or tot use the computer while they're here. I moved, but when I get back, I'll definitely visit and volunteer again.