Las Vegas Sands Corp. \ and social enterprise Clean the World announced a first-of-its-kind service in Las Vegas to help homeless people. The Sands Cares Fresh Start Mobile Showers Powered by Clean the World is a traveling hygiene unit that visits locations serving the homeless to provide showers, hygiene supplies and other resources.
LVS contributed more than $200,000 to Sands Cares Fresh Start Mobile Showers, which was unveiled in Las Vegas on July 27, and will offer approximately 250 showers per week. To reach people in need, Clean the World and Las Vegas Sands have partnered with four Las Vegas organizations to offer the service through their homeless community outreach efforts, including WestCare, CARE Complex, Nevada Homeless Alliance and the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth. Sands Cares Fresh Start Mobile Showers will provide hygiene services at a partner organization one day each week, where clients can also receive access to a wide array of support, such as emergency shelter, food and clothing supplies, medical care and detoxification services.
“Having access to regular hygiene is a fundamental part of good health and well-being. But it’s also part of personal dignity – it can create a turning point in someone’s life,” said Shawn Seipler, founder and chief executive officer of Clean the World. “That’s our hope for the Sands Cares Fresh Start Mobile Showers Powered by Clean the World – to give people the opportunity to start their day in a new direction.”
Las Vegas has a high need for homelessness relief programs. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) reports that Las Vegas has the sixth largest population of homeless individuals among major cities, and has the third highest number of unaccompanied homeless youth. In Nevada, more than 80 percent of unaccompanied homeless youth are unsheltered – the highest rate in the nation.
“Homelessness is a critical issue in Las Vegas, and Las Vegas Sands is dedicated to making an impact by providing resources to organizations working in the trenches to help people living on the streets,” said Ron Reese, senior vice president of global communications and corporate affairs at Las Vegas Sands. “We’ve worked with Clean the World on a variety of programs to assist vulnerable populations with hygiene supplies, and the Sands Cares Fresh Start Mobile Showers came about through our collective desire to do more in the community to provide relief to people most in need.”
In 2015, LVS began a multi-faceted program to address homelessness in Las Vegas through its global corporate giving program, Sands Cares. In addition to the support for the mobile shower unit, LVS has announced grants totaling more than $1.5 million over the past two years, as well as team member volunteer support, in three key areas; help meet immediate needs for those who are homeless, including hygiene, food and clothing and other resources; find solutions for the homelessness issue in Las Vegas and Southern Nevada; and increase awareness and advocate for homelessness support locally, regionally and nationally.
The introduction of the Sands Cares Fresh Start Mobile Showers is also a major expansion of LVS’ long-term support of Clean the World. Since 2011, LVS and Clean the World have recycled more than 488,000 pounds of discarded soap and amenities for distribution to underprivileged communities and relief organizations. LVS has donated nearly $2 million to accelerate CTW’s mission, helping the organization to double its production of recycled soap and expand service into new areas. Additionally each year, Las Vegas Sands team members around the world unite with local communities to assemble thousands of hygiene kits for Clean the World to benefit populations in need around the world, including those impacted by homelessness in Las Vegas.
“The Sands Cares Fresh Start Mobile Showers Powered by Clean the World is a first-of-its kind offering for our organization, and we greatly value the investment LVS has made to help Clean the World expand and grow over the years – from this program to the major investment in our Las Vegas recycling center to ongoing kit builds and other programs,” said Seipler. “With the generous support from Sands Cares, we have been able to help more people, in more places around the world, in more impactful ways – it’s truly been a game-changing partnership for us.”