By Beth Fisher. CREATED Feb 19, 2014
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- There is a tiny part of our city that's having a huge impact on our city and people from all over the nation are watching what's happening here. The City Impact Center makes Las Vegas a better place to live.
The City Impact Center is home to the Hope Clinic, where patients pay for their medical care by promising to do acts of kindness. Right next door, the Helping Kids Clinic is where families get free and low-cost immunizations and medical care. Across the street? An urban garden and now the Innovations Charter High School.
"There are so many young people like me who grow up in difficult situations. They don't know the possibilities. What opens the door is education." says Anna Escobedo Cabral, the 42nd U.S. Treasurer.
Escobedo Cabral was the keynote speaker at a fundraising event for City Impact. An event that drew in business and community leaders from all over the United States, including Joe Alderete of Southern California Edison, who wants to duplicate City Impact in Southern California.
"It makes sense. We have the same sort of demographic situation. We have a region in the Inland Empire where this is a much needed resource that's not out there."
The event honored many supporters including Fred Keeton from Caesars Entertainment and Steve Schorr who is now with the Las Vegas Review-Journal. But each honoree will tell you the real story here is the City Impact Center.
This year, they started night school for adults wanting their GEDs and English classes for those wanting to improve their language skills. The list of things City Impact is doing goes on and on and the number of people whose lives are now changed does too.