Shango 5K Run | Las Vegas | Nevada | November 4th | Register
The Shango 5K Run and Fun Walk to support Veterans Village will take to the streets of downtown Las Vegas on Saturday, Nov. 4 to raise private donations for Veterans Village continuum of care emergency, transitional, permanent and assisted living residences.
This event, presented by Shango Las Vegas, will take place at Smith Center Park starting at 8:30 a.m. Tickets to participate in the event are $30 and available online at www.vvlv.org The event will feature an appearance by Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman and other dignitaries.
Veterans Village keeps raising the bar when it comes to helping homeless vets find housing, food, clothing and medical and transportation services. The non-profit organization’s model, which relies on financial and material support primarily from the private sector rather than government agencies, has drawn praise from state and federal lawmakers, as well as two U.S. Presidents. Now that the model has been proven successful, the organization faces the ongoing challenge of raising money to meet the ever-growing need for these services.
“Veterans Village is dedicated to creating an environment that is home to United States Veterans,” says Dr. Arnold Stalk, founder of Veterans Village. “We provide emergency housing, transitional housing, permanent housing and assisted living to homeless vets.”
Veterans Village currently houses over 400 people a night with 24/7/365 crisis intervention services.
Stalk’s innovative approach combines housing with holistic and comprehensive support services, including education and degree programs, nutrition and fitness programs, medical services, mental health counseling, specialized activities and special events. Branded by Stalk as “service enriched housing” combines the Veterans Village Las Vegas network of public and private partnerships resulting in 24/7/365 services for U.S. Veterans.
“Government-run facilities are overcrowded,” Stalk says. “Yes, the VA is an invaluable partner that provides housing vouchers and supplemental services, and they also offer limited emergency services during working hours. But many veterans need immediate help. I get 20 calls a day asking for emergency assistance.”
With government resources only supplying supporting services, Stalk is seeking financial support from philanthropic businesses and individuals who share his commitment to serving veterans. He has created public and private collaborative partnerships that already provide these services to Veterans Village I residents. Stalk has established solid and active private
sector partnerships with prominent hotel-casino operators, corporate businesses and small businesses throughout Southern Nevada as well as thousands of volunteers from various trade unions to help build, renovate and furnish housing units. Local supermarkets, restaurants, stores and Three Square Regional Food Bank provide daily food and nutrition. The UNLV School of Medicine and the Southern Nevada VA Healthcare system, along with local hospitals, are planning to work with Veterans Village Las Vegas, along with Touro Medical University assisting to provide free health screenings.
Veterans Village III, set to open at the beginning of 2018, will be a fully licensed, 88-bed, assisted-living facility with a health care clinic complete with a pharmacy. The facility will have a new kitchen with a chef featuring food from Three Square Regional Food Bank and a concierge at entry. Linens, furnishings and cleaning supplies will donated by the private sector and limousine service will shuttle residents to and from doctor appointments and the Veterans Administration. The facility will be open 24/7/365.
Veterans Village III will be located at 100 S. 14th St. Contributing agencies to the project include a core of volunteers including a chaplain and bedside visits. The project has the full support of the Department of Veterans Affairs, The White House, U.S. Rep. Dina Titus, U.S. Sen. Dean Heller and Las Vegas Mayor Goodman.
Veterans Village I opened last September. “It’s the first privately-run facility of its kind in the United States,” Stalk said. “With our Shango 5K Run and Fun Walk, we hope to raise funds to complete Veterans Village II. We’re asking all Las Vegas businesses and residents to participate and donate.”
Shango Las Vegas, the presenting sponsor of this inaugural event, recognizes the challenges facing veterans. Many of the company’s medical cannabis patients are veterans dealing with PTSD, CTE and other serious conditions related to their military service. Cannabis products are gaining widespread recognition and acceptance as effective treatments for these conditions.
“Shango has an ongoing commitment to help the men and women who fought for our country transition back into civilian life,” says David Thomas, Shango’s Policy Communications Director. “For many veterans, this is a very difficult process. Veterans Village is at the forefront of this effort and their success rate is impressive. We are privileged to partner with them.”
Brandon Rexroad, Shango Founder and CEO, says the company is committed to helping Veterans Village raise the goal of $500,000 for Veterans Village in 2018.
“This is a cause we truly believe in and will make every effort to help procure more housing for our vets,” Rexroad says.
Other event sponsors currently include Vela Promos, Zappos, Port of Subs, Royal Links Golf Club, Findlay KIA, Beckwith Printing and Brand Ltd. Additional sponsors are being sought. Royal Links will be bringing out its portable driving range for the event free to the public.
“The Veterans Village 5K Run and Fun Walk is an important first step in a long journey to solving this problem,” Stalk says. “Our ultimate goal is to replicate our model in other urban areas across the country and make sure that no United States Veteran lives in crisis on the street.”