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Non-Profit Reaches into Las Vegas Community Offering Help
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LAS VEGAS -- While many social services are being forced to cut back, one local non-profit is working to grow. City Impact Center provides local kids a safe place to hang out and helps adults with food and medical care.

City Impact Center may have limited funding but it has a big vision. Located on E. Sahara Avenue, just five blocks from the Las Vegas Strip, the center has a home.

"To have a place like this, I really appreciate it. I come over here and they give food and medical," said Tasha Morning, a client of the center.

Morning and Michael Smith, along with their kids, call the center a blessing. Not only does City Impact Center provide free food for struggling families, it provides free medical and dental care to the uninsured.

Director Victor Caruso says the need is greater than ever before.

"Now the people that are coming are us. The people that had two jobs, had insurance, they could afford daycare, and all of those different things. Now due to the economy, everybody needs it," said Caruso.

Helping local kids is one of the center's main priorities. City Impact Center is a safe haven away from the gangs and drugs found in some neighborhoods.

"We do after-school programs with them and we do homework with them, " said Caruso who added time is also spent mentoring at risk teens.

"They went from D's to B's so I know it is working," said Michael Smith talking about the improvement he has seen in his children.

The center costs $20,000 a month to run. Money from NV Energy and stimulus funds allowed the City Impact Center to install solar panels to power their facility and enjoy cost savings in the future.

Thanks to community partners, City Impact rolls on but they want to have a bigger impact. At the moment, the center is only open three days a week. They are hoping to expand their hours to cover five days a week.

The center is always looking for partners or volunteers. Click here for more information.

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