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Compassion Initiative LV helps homeless people get back on their feet

Posted at 3:22 PM, Jan 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-16 18:26:02-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Trudy Killman's garage is stuffed.

"It's my medicine. I don't know any other way to put it. Giving back. It is so fulfilling," says Killman.

Killman started the nonprofit Compassion Initiative LV shortly after own near-brush with homelessness.

"Even though I have my challenges, a 20-year-old with autism, a 17-year-old facing neurosurgery and I take care of my 84-year-old mom, there are people out there with far bigger challenges. And I am so grateful for my life every single day."

Kendra Blanda says that she is amazed at what Killman does.

"I'm just amazed at what she does. And I see her videos all the time of where she goes 4 or 5 times a week. And just helps people. It's just an inspiration to me."

While a lot of charities give to the homeless, Killman believes in what she calls "distribution with dignity," meeting people where they are.

She also makes sure to give the homeless clothes that actually git and shoes in the correct sizes. She also only gives them what they need to get back on their feet.

Killman says that she is trying to give people a hand up, not a hand out.

To help families who need homes, Killman has been spending thousands of dollars renting vans to make deliveries. But the work that first inspired Kendra, also inspired us.

The Vegas Golden Knights decided to give Killman put $10,000 on file at Enterprise so that she can rent vans worry free to help people transitioning from homelessness.

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