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Nonprofit helps homeless, pregnant and parenting teens

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Nonprofit helps homeless, pregnant and parenting teens

By Beth Fisher. CREATED Jul 18, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Being homeless is tough. Being pregnant and homeless is even tougher. But it's happening in alarming numbers. Southern Nevada Children First is helping.

The nonprofit helps homeless, pregnant and parenting teens with everything from their education to emergency needs like food and shelter.

Founder Monique Harris said, "If a youth doesn't have a place to live, it's hard for them to focus on education when they don't know where they are going to sleep at night."

Southern Nevada Children First offers life classes like this one or parenting classes for moms and dads. But they also have several group homes for young mothers and their babies.

"Some shelters would say we can help you if you can find someplace that can keep your baby. And no mom wants to separate from her child for one night."

The group homes offer stability for teens who've never had it before.

"Most of the kids we work with have been severely abused, neglected, suffer from mental health issues."

There are many success stories of pregnant moms who finished high school, went on to college or started careers with their children.

Monique said by the time teens reach out to them, they are usually at rock bottom and have no where else to turn.

Beth Fisher

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Beth Fisher is an anchor for Good Morning Las Vegas and reports on the positive news in Las Vegas.