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The Shade Tree Incorporated

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Causes: Domestic Violence, Family Violence Shelters, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Homeless Shelters, Human Services

Mission: To provide safe shelter to homeless and abused women and children in crisis and to offer life-changing services promoting stability, dignity, and self-reliance.

Results: In 2015, we sheltered 6,502 total clients, 2056 of those were children. We sheltered 148 pets. Our total bed nights was 100,661. 152 Women secured employment, 503 accessed our free clinic and we served 165,068 meals. All these numbers were significantly increase from 2014.

Target demographics: Women, Children and pets who are victims of sexual abuse, assault, human trafficking.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 6,500 Women and Children

Geographic areas served: We are the largest facility of our kind in Nevada

Programs: Emergency Shelter, Transitional Shelter, Survivor's Service Center, Workplace Readiness Program, Life Skills, housing assistance, Children's Activity Center, Stallman Touro Clinic, and Noah's Animal House.

Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

-Jordan

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2 Elder B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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..

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

1 Sara37

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I enjoy volunteering at The Shade Tree I feel The Shade Tree is a wonderful program to help women and children. I believe this program is safe and helpful to the women and Im glad they have The Shade Tree to come to for safety and resources.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to volunteer as a life skills teacher with The Shade Tree a couple of years ago and I had a lot of fun. I honestly learned a lot about how strong some of the ladies.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Shade Tree is a great organiztion to work with. They helped our company organize a meal service for their clients. They returned calls and emails quickly, answering all of our questions and made us feel welcomed when our volunteers showed up.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

While searching for charities whose purpose matched those of a non-profit foundation with which I'm associated I found The Shade Tree. I got in touch with the Executive Director and quickly became passionate about supporting their mission, "To provide safe shelter to homeless and abused women and children in crisis and to offer life-changing services promoting stability, dignity, and self-reliance." . My passion has been shared with others and for the past 4+ years we have volunteered through lending a hand where needed at the shelter, doing fundraising events, sending boxes full of urgently needed items and lending moral support to staff and residents. I call it a God-shot that I was guided to The Shade Tree because my work with them has been the most rewarding experience of my life. It even led me to a career change into the non-profit sector.

Celine M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Whilst on a vacation trip 4 years ago to Las Vegas we friends I was introduced to TST. I went along to volunteer and help out not really knowing what to expect. After being welcomed and introduced to exactly who and what TST do I was amazed. Not only do they help women and children but also their pets. To me that was something very special, as a dog owner I fully understand the need to keep those beloved fur babies with you. The work that the team do to help the women and children get back on their feet and heal their physical and emotional wounds is exceptional. This year I was honoured to help out in Noah's pet house and see all the work that goes on there. I am still in awe of the wonderful work the team do there in an efficient and professional manner to look after their guests. The women and children are an inspiration and a true mark of the endurance of the human spirit. My journey with TST started 4 years ago and each time I visit I come away a better person. This is truly an amazing organisation run by exceptional people.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful charity organization and the staff and residence are great. I know because I sang at the Shade Tree last Christmas and Valentine's Day. I will be performing again in the near future. Because of the staff and ladies and children, I keep coming back. It is a place where people care for one another. I am proud to be a volunteer at this thoughful and caring place. Thank you, Rosie Sottile