Help Get Rebuilding Hope into a permanent space
Hi my name is Niccole and I am the founder of Rebuilding Hope.
Rebuilding Hope is a 501c3 non-profit where those who have lost hope can come in and see the light at the end of a very dark tunnel.
In the winter of 2020, I started collecting warm items for the homeless to hang around the city and called it "Hang The City With Hope" within 15 days I was able to collect over 400 pieces of warm clothing and hung them on a chain link fence in an area it was needed most. Within 24 hrs all of the items were taken.
With that being such a success I wanted to do a shoe drive in the summer for those in need. With the help of some of the UNLV football players, we were able to collect 200 pairs of shoes of all sizes and handed them out.
With the word getting out about Rebuilding Hope, I started to get clothing donations from churches and other local families. My garage started to fill up and at that point, I knew I was meant to do more for our community.
I started looking into opening a non-profit store where those in need can come in and shop for free. A place where they can feel no judgment and able to feel hopeful again. I not only wanted to help with the supplies needed but be there for them as a person who will listen to their story.
In late October of 2021, I found a place that I could finally move into and start collecting more donations and helping families in need. With the help of a local news station, I was able to get Rebuilding Hopes's name out in the Las Vegas community. Shortly after the news segment aired I was getting flooded with emails not only from people wanting to drop off their donations but from families in need from the pandemic we were in. Many families were not sure how they were going to get through the tough times. I started to see Hope being lost within our community.
At this point, my store was not ready to open but knew I needed to start helping as we were coming into the Holiday Season. I held a toy drive and collected enough toys to help over 90 kids and I started to see that hope come back.
With the help of our amazing volunteers, we were able to get everything organized, gone through, and finally, open the doors on Feb. 1st of 2022.
When we opened our doors we were able to help individuals of all ages, shapes, and sizes. We were blessed with an amazing community that donated more than Rebuilding Hope could even hold.
Rebuilding Hope helped a teenage girl who lost her mother to COVID decorate her entire room at her aunties home. The pure joy on that girl's face as she shopped was magical.
We helped a family where husband lost his job and they couldn't even afford shampoo. The husband was so ashamed and embarrassed when they first came in with their 2 little boys. After listening to him and hearing his story without judgment he started to smile and regain a little hope back. Even though they left with very little due to him still being a little embarrassed they came back the next week, gave me hugs, and got all the stuff they needed. Shortly after I got an email saying he found a job and was back working again!
This is why I opened Rebuilding Hope, but shortly after helping over 30 families in the first month I had to close my doors due to unforseen circumstances. This forced Rebuilding Hope to move into a storage unit and stop helping those in need due to everything being packed tight in the unit.
We are currently looking for a permanent location to call home. With Rebuilding Hope being a non-profit we are in need of monetary donations to help get us in a place so we can start helping those in need again.
The holiday season is fast approaching and would love to be able to get into space before then so we can bring hope to those in need.
Any donation is greatly appreciated and will be 100% used to get a location and help families/individuals in need.