New Vista, the largest non-profit provider of Supported Living Arrangements for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) in Nevada, today announced its partnership with HomeAid Southern Nevada to renovate one of four homes at New Vista Ranch in order to provide safe, clean and dignified housing for residents.
As part of its Youth Initiative Campaign, which seeks to actively address the alarming challenges plaguing Nevada’s children with IDD in the foster care system, New Vista has partnered with HomeAid Southern Nevada, which has pledged to donate time and materials for the project at New Vista Ranch. Located near Gilcrease Orchard, the ranch is situated on 15 acres, and is comprised of four custom homes, built especially with individuals with IDD in mind.
“This renovation, estimated at about $50,000, is funded in full by in-kind donations negotiated by Woodside Homes, and monetarily where needed by our gracious donors,” said Nat Hodgson, Executive Director at HomeAid Southern Nevada. “We’re thankful to all involved and hope that the project’s completion greatly improves upon the comfort and amenities that New Vista is already providing to its residents.”
Due to the recent and evolving staggering statistics around children living with IDD, much has changed since the inception of The New Vista Ranch – reports from 2017 indicate there are 4,275 children currently in Foster Care in Nevada with an estimated 897 of these children diagnosed with IDD. Nevada ranks among the top 10 states in the country of children with disabilities under the age of 5, and within the state of Nevada, Clark County has the highest rate of children/youth ages 6-18 with disabilities. As such, New Vista has a long history of responding to the greatest needs of the most vulnerable in our community, with supported living arrangements as a top priority.
HomeAid Southern Nevada, the official outreach partner of the Southern Nevada Home Builders Association (SNHBA), has employed the use of home builder Woodside Homes to serve as the official build captain. Woodside Homes will refresh and modernize living conditions for one of the homes on the New Vista Ranch, which in total covers nearly 3,000 square feet for residents.
“New Vista counts on the support and generosity of the Las Vegas community and support from organizations like HomeAid Southern Nevada to support Nevada’s most vulnerable children. We stand at the ready to once again answer the call on behalf of local children with IDD in foster care who are in dire need of the unwavering support and love that New Vista homes have provided for our members over the past three decades,” said Archie McArthur, Executive Director at New Vista. “As we did then, so must we act boldly now, challenged with a new generation of members needing support that offers sustainability to our legacy, and New Vista in turn, is afforded the opportunity to transform the lives of many more families.”
The renovation, beginning this month, will expect to accommodate New Vista members by June. The renovated homes will provide features such as spacious bedrooms including a sleeping area and private study nook upon completion. The New Vista Ranch location provides a nature driven, campus-like setting for children and young adolescents living with IDD to thrive.