Hoving Home Serves Up Hope in Las Vegas

Hoving Home Serves Up Hope in Las Vegas

The classic Julia Robert’s movie entitled “Pretty Woman,” is most certainly a popular story of redemption, but sadly the Hollywood glamorization of prostitution is far from reality. The reality is that far too many young girls and women fall prey to the appearance of finding a better life succumb to a life of drug abuse and prostitution, which almost always ends in shattered lives and sometimes death.

Just a mile east of the fabulous Las Vegas strip, lies the Hoving Home, where hope is served 365 days a year. Over the past several months, the Las Vegas personal injury lawyers, staff, and other members of the Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys Community Outreach team has made several visits to learn about Hoving Home’s current needs and to explore opportunities for our personal injury firm to be of support. Seeing first-hand the real-life transformation of Hoving Home residents, where despair and brokenness are exchanged for hope and wholesome living, inspired us to get involved and to become advocates for the important work taking place there. It is our hope that others will be inspired as well.

Tara’s Story

My name is Tara. I’m 23 years old. I was born and raised in Las Vegas. I had a great childhood, however, with growing up, my curiosity grew stronger and stronger. My curiosity led me to relationships with men and experimenting with any drug that I came across. My life soon consisted of money, drugs and doing any and everything to get my hands on it. I was in and out of jail and became a slave to the fast lifestyle. The drugs consumed my mind, body, and soul. I was an exotic dancer to support my habit which eventually led to prostitution.

I was lost, hopeless and ashamed on so many levels. Eventually, I wound up in jail facing felony charges and prison time. For the first time in my life, I cried out to God. I begged Him for a chance to change and to never go back to the way I was living. By the grace of God, I came to the Walter Hoving Home and was given the chance to change. I have learned to surrender my past and am no longer defined by what I have done or who I thought I was. I now have a personal and intimate relationship with Jesus that I never thought was possible. My relationships with my family have been restored and I continue to seek God’s will for my life. God has saved me and my chains are gone. I have been set free by His amazing grace

The Hoving Home

The Hoving Home was founded in Garrison NY back in 1967. In 1984, they expanded to a home in Pasadena California and then Las Vegas NV in 2006. The current capacity of the Las Vegas Hoving Home is 10 residents and management is hopeful to raise the funds needed to rezone to 16 residents. The demand for their services far outstrip the local Hoving Home’s capacity and as a nonprofit Christian organization, the ministry relies solely upon the financial contributions of concerned individuals, churches, corporations and other organizations. The Las Vegas personal injury lawyers at Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys proudly support The Hoving Home. For more information: www.walterhovinghome.org

Also consider attending the Hoving Home Gala in September, with special guest speaker, Daryl Strawberry – www.walterhovinghome.org

89106 Zip Code: The Las Vegas Golden Triangle

89106 Zip Code: The Las Vegas Golden Triangle

In the shadow of the bright neon lights of the Las Vegas strip, lies a stark contrast to the iconic entertainment capital of the world. Apart from the postman, local police and those who minister to the neediest of residents, the name “Golden Triangle, or 89106” may as well be in the Atlantic Ocean someplace off Bermuda. But to thousands of homeless people, the Golden Triangle in the historic Westside of Las Vegas is not only a lifeline; it is a place for hope!

The term Golden Triangle comes from the small plot of real estate straddling highway I-15 between Bonanza and Owens Street. The three points of the triangle are the Las Vegas Rescue Mission, Catholic Charities, and the Salvation Army. It is within the walls of these three locations that thousands of homeless souls escape the pain, confusion, and hopelessness of life on the streets.
Over the past several months, our Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys Community Outreach team has made several visits to this area in hopes of learning first-hand about the current needs facing 98106 and to explore opportunities for our personal injury firm to be of support. Our visits to this area have inspired us to get involved and to become advocates for the important work taking place there. It is our hope that others will be inspired as well.

The Las Vegas Rescue Mission: Henry’s Story

For Henry, the bus ride from the mean streets of San Francisco’s Tenderloin district to Las Vegas was a chance to escape the grip of street life and meth addiction. Like so many new residents, Henry had dreams of starting a new life. Unfortunately, the most prevalent helping hand offered to sooth the pain and anguish of homelessness is in the form of cheap drugs and alcohol. In fact, self-medication is a deadly form of escape for over half of the homeless population.

Shortly after stepping off the Greyhound bus, Henry came to realize that his demons followed him and that the drugs he was escaping from were abundantly available just outside the door of his downtown apartment. Living in a strange town Henry turned back to a life of drugs until he couldn’t take it anymore. It was then that he walked into the Las Vegas Rescue Mission seeking help and hope.

Like so many who enter addiction programs, Henry had to learn the reasons for his addiction. Anger was the source of the deep-seated pain that drove him to self-medicate. In a year-long process of guided self-discovery, he recognized the root of his problems and learned that he was ultimately responsible for his past actions and for the way he would respond to future circumstances. Henry stopped running from his demons and made a decision to face the pain head on.

As Henry experienced healing, he was able to re-establish a relationship with his 5-year-old son. The mission helped him understand the role he plays in his son’s future. Today, Henry is working towards being the dad he never had and is committed to ensuring his son grows up in a loving household; well protected from the street-life that corrupted him.

The Las Vegas Rescue Mission also spent time preparing him for the life he would have after treatment. As part of his recovery plan, Henry learned how to prepare a resume and how to interview. At the end of this process, he was also gifted a suit to wear for his interviews and graduation. It is amazing to see the transformation that has taken place in Henry’s life.

Today, Henry has a new lease on life. His hard work and dedication have paid off and for the first time in a long time, he is not afraid of the future. As he prepares to leave the program, he does so with a renewed sense of hope. The years of addiction which left a wake of destruction in his past are now being overshadowed by a bright future only possibly by the grace of God through the work of The Las Vegas Rescue Mission.

The Las Vegas Rescue Mission

The Las Vegas Rescue Mission is a nonprofit Christian organization that relies solely on the financial contributions of concerned individuals, churches, corporations and other organizations. For more information: www.vegasrescue.org

Best of Nevada Preps Awards – 2017 Richard Nelson Courage Award

Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys Present the 2017 Richard Nelson Courage Award

Isaiah Morris
2017 Richard Nelson Courage Award Winner Isaiah Morris

On Saturday, June 3rd, Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys partnered with the annual Best of Nevada Preps award show to present the 2017 Richard Nelson Courage Award at the Venetian hotel-casino. There were 846 student-athletes in attendance representing 112 Nevada high schools at the 2017 Best of Nevada Preps Awards, which acknowledged the most outstanding athletes in the state from the 2016-2017 academic year to promote the benefits of sports. Hall of Fame NFL running back Marcus Allen spoke to the student-athletes in attendance and offered valuable advice about the transition from high school to college sports.

The Richard Nelson Courage Award was renamed this year to honor the late Richard Nelson’s legacy. Nelson, the first recipient of the Courage Award, was tragically shot and killed outside of his Mother’s home in Las Vegas while home on his winter break from Missouri State University. At University, Richard continued playing football after a very successful high school career in Nevada. Richard acted selflessly and proved how he embodied the merit behind the Courage Award when he intervened in a fight to defend his sister from an attacker. The senseless act of violence has deeply saddened the Missouri State University and greater Las Vegas communities, but the courage that Richard possessed lives on through the Courage Award that now bears his name.

Before passing away, Nelson shared a quote from his heart via social media that shows the drive he brought into all aspects of his life. Nelson stated, “I don’t want to wake up in the morning without a purpose to do something or make a change. Every day to me is a grind and always will be. Nothing comes easy, and I don’t like easy. Make me work for it so I know I earned it and deserved it, 100%.” This year’s Richard Nelson Courage Award recipient, Isaiah Morris, has also shown a clear understanding of the value of hard work.


From left to right: Craig Moon President and Publisher of Las Vegas Review-Journal, Roxanne Bruce, mother of the late Richard Nelson, NFL legend Marcus Allen, & Harlan Schillinger of Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys

Isaiah Morris led his team to a Class 3A State championship despite having to overcome adversity throughout his life. Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys of Las Vegas presented the 2017 Richard Nelson Courage award to Morris and explained his heartbreaking story to those in attendance at the Best of Nevada Preps awards. In his speech, Schillinger stated, “this young man, Isaiah Morris, endured a childhood filled with personal tragedy, but continued to excel on the football field. His father, Booker T. Morris, died before his son’s first birthday when he was hit by a car while riding his bike. Isaiah’s mother, Shatah Joshua-Dorsey, was killed in 2012 when she was struck by a pickup truck while crossing the street.” Morris’s immense work ethic and talent are evidenced by his standout senior season, during which he rushed for 1,816 yards and 24 touchdowns. Like Richard Nelson, Morris’s path to football success was earned through the unrelenting hard work he put into his craft and himself behind the scenes. Morris received an offer to continue his football career into college while staying in his hometown of Las Vegas, and has committed to be on the football team at the University of Nevada Las Vegas next season.

Everyone from Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys was honored to sponsor the award show and be associated with the 2017 Richard Nelson Courage Award. The firm is pleased that a person of Isaiah Morris’s caliber is staying in the community beyond high school, where the courage he possesses through life can serve as an advertisement of what to do write. Glen Lerner Gives Back is committed to supporting the community and helping to improve the lives of others, and the positive impact of high school sports on the youth in Nevada cannot be overstated. Participation in athletics can teach children to set and strive toward goals, believe in themselves, and overcome obstacles in other aspects of life.

Nevada is home to some of the best high school athletic talent in the nation, and Glen Lerner Gives Back firmly believes in celebrating and promoting the impressive successes of the area’s youth. Glen Lerner’s own humble upbringing sparked a desire to improve the lives of the people around him, and the Best of Nevada Preps award show served as a fantastic platform to recognize the young people who have shed a positive spotlight on the area. As part of the law firm’s charitable arm, Glen Lerner Gives Back supports the community through scholarships and other sponsorships. Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys provides legal support to individuals who have suffered injuries from automobile accidents and help people receive the compensation they deserve.

Sponsors of 25th Magical Forest Season

magical-forest-2016Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys’ Las Vegas legal team helps Opportunity Village celebrate their 25th Magical Forest season by sponsoring this festive annual holiday tradition.

Highlights of The Magical Forest include:

  • Forest filled with dazzling scenes and millions of sparkling lights
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Amazing food
  • Photos with Santa
  • Train, slide and carousel rides
  • Free parking
  • And, much more

How to Experience The Magical Forest

The Magical Forest will be open nightly at 5:30 PM through January 1, 2017 (closed Christmas day). Admission tickets begin at $11.99 for adults (13+ years old) and $9.99 for children. Ride tickets must be purchased separately.

Plug this address into your phone to find your way to a magical night at Opportunity Village: 6300 W. Oakey Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89146. For more information, please call (702) 225-9627 or visit opportunityvillage.org.

2015 PBS KIDS Writing Contest Sponsors

pbs-kids-writers-contest-300x169Each year Vegas PBS participates in PBS KIDS’ writing contest. Southern Nevada children in grades K-5 are given creative license to write stories that include original drawings, photographs, collages or 3D art.

Out of approximately 1,144 students, 18 kids (three from each grade) were invited to an honorary dinner and awards ceremony on May 20, 2015.

Vegas PBS Ready To Learn (RTL) project coordinated the contest. Our personal injury law firm is pleased to congratulate the winners and sponsor their tuition fees to attend Southern Nevada Writing Project’s 2015 writing camp.

The writing camp is scheduled to take place June 15-26. Deadline is June 5, 2015. Cost is $250 per child for 10 half days; price includes mid-morning snack, a commemorative t-shirt, and an anthology of student writing.

More details may be found online or via email at [email protected].

2014 Teddy Bear Run Sponsors

Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys was a proud sponsor of the 4th annual UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation 2014 Teddy Bear Run (5K) and 1 Mile Walk on Saturday, September 27 at Tivoli Village in Las Vegas.
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Proceeds raised from the 2014 Teddy Bear Run will support the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation and their efforts to provide financial assistance to children with medical needs who would otherwise go without.

More about UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation

The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit charity that offers medical grants to families who have financial hardships so that their children’s medical needs are covered. UHCCF has awarded more than 7,500 grants valued at over $23M to children and their families across the United States since 2007. UHCCF’s receives the majority of it’s funding through contributions from individuals, corporations and UnitedHealth Group employees and through events such as the 2014 Teddy Bear Run. You can learn more about their grant program and how to apply at www.uhccf.org.

Proud Sponsorship of the North Las Vegas Police Shop-With-A-Cop Event

We, at Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys, are proud to be a sponsor of the Shop-With-A-Cop Event being held on December 2, 2012. This event provides disadvantaged and terminally ill children an opportunity to shop for holiday presents with North Las Vegas Enforcement Officers.

glenlerner-300x62The Shop-With-A-Cop event starts with the arrival of Santa Claus and his wife in a parade of police vehicles. Santa and Mrs. Claus will take pictures with the kids before they start shopping. The children have been chosen from several organizations including Candlelighters of Southern Nevada, Make a Wish Foundation of Southern Nevada, Positively Kids Foundation, and the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation.

Proud Sponsors of NLVPD Shop With A Cop 2014

Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys is a proud community sponsor of the 26th annual North Las Vegas Police Department’s (NLVPD) Shop With A Cop event for disadvantaged and terminally ill children.
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For the past 26 years, officers of the North Las Vegas Police Department have volunteered their time to become a “Personal Holiday Shopper” for medically fragile and disadvantaged children living in the Las Vegas Valley.
We are proud to once again sponsor this day of giving and hope that makes it possible for children selected from local charitable organizations, such as Make A Wish Foundation, Candlelighters of Southern Nevada, and the Positively Kids Foundation, to enjoy a festive and care-free shopping experience.

More about NLVPD Shop With A Cop 2014

This year’s North Las Vegas Police Department Shop With A Cop event will take place on December 3, 2014 and begins early in the morning. In addition to a shopping spree, children will be treated to snacks and a meet-and-greet with Santa Clause.Contact NLVPD Crime Prevention Specialist Portland Preston to learn more about the annual Shop With A Cop event by calling 702-633-2899, or via email at [email protected]

{Photo’s from NLVPD Shop With A Cop 2014}

Glen Lerner Employees Get Ready To “COLOR THEMSELVES RAD”

glenlerner-300x62Glen Lerner employees are gearing up for the Color Me Rad 5K!!! The Color Me Rad Las Vegas takes place at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on November 17, 2012 at 9:00 a.m.  The race benefits the Speedway Children’s Charities.  The color starts flying every five minutes after 9:00 a.m!Please come and join me and my fellow Glen Lerner employees to support a great charity. If you can’t make this one, please stay tuned to our Glen Lerner Gives Back website and I will post any upcoming charity events here.

If you are interested in joining us, please go to the website to register.  If you register before October 19, 2012 the registration fee is $45.00, the fee includes a t-shirt and one color pack.  Hope to see you there!

 

Glen Lerner Gives Back teams up with Las Vegas Animal Shelters

Local Las Vegas Animal Shelters have been experiencing an increase in homeless pet intakes due to the local economy. Glen Lerner will be visiting three local shelters on May 24 in order to donate 600 bags of dog treats to the smallest victims of the economic crisis.

Adoption and donation details for the shelters include:

      • Nevada SPCA: is located at 4800 W. Dewey Drive, Las Vegas, NV. They are open for adoptions between 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday and 11:00 .am. – 5:00 p.m. Friday – Saturday. They are currently seeking volunteers, foster homes and financial and supply donations. Call (702) 873-7722 for more information.
      • Animal Foundation: is located at 655 N. Mojave Road, Las Vegas, NV. They are open for adoptions between 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. They are currently seeking financial and pet supply donations, volunteers and foster homes. For more information call (702) 384-3333.
      • Little Friends Foundation: is located at 6631 Surrey Street, Las Vegas, NV. They are a 100% nonprofit organization. Those interested in adopting a pet may fill out an adoption application online or visit their shelter in person. Meet and greets with pets may be scheduled to help introduce those interested in adopting an animal that is in their shelters care. They are also currently looking for volunteers and foster homes. Call (702) 463-9995 for more information.

Glen is thrilled to meet some new friends and hopefully bring some much needed attention to these little friends.

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