Located on Las Vegas Boulevard near Cashman Center, the Donald W. Reynolds St. Vincent’s Plaza, which is operated by Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada, was renovated by LGA in 2003 and now serves more than 1,000 homeless people each day. Services range from bringing the homeless off the streets to helping them become self-sufficient. The facility includes an 8,000 s.f. 164-bed overnight shelter; a college-style dining room/kitchen; a building for immigration services; and the 120-unit St. Vincent Help Apartments, which provide low-cost housing.
Perhaps the most significant edifice is the two-story residential work program building. At 100,000 s.f., the structure is home to the Alpha Program, which offers room and board to individuals and is divided into five phases, from taking care of basic needs such as shelter, food and personal hygiene, to finding a job and becoming self-sufficient.
The Plaza’s gateway entrance on Main Street was intended to be symbolic, a bridge from homelessness to independence.
LGA began master-planning the facility in 1995 with then-bishop Daniel F. Walsh, whose vision was to provide dignity through recreating the architectural style of a mission, including courtyards, tile and arches.
In addition to providing needed services, the complex has been an aesthetic enhancement to the neighborhood.