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Betty’s Village fosters environment for people with diverse abilities to live, work independently

Non-profit fosters independent living for people with diverse abilities
Posted at 5:44 AM, Jan 26, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-26 12:05:18-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Las Vegas valley nonprofits have been faced with challenges during the pandemic.

13 Action News got a look inside of Betty's Village, a residential community for people of diverse abilities.

The community offers a number of amenities for residents, including a pool, game room, and gym.

Betty’s Village is the first housing project by Opportunity Village. The project cost $35 million to build.

The nonprofit experienced its own share of COVID-19 related drawbacks. At one point, they struggled to keep 100% of their staff employed.

All of that changed when they recently received federal funds, allowing them to stay open and operating to help residents like Lizzie Samlowski.

“When I got here I got to meet a lot of friends and neighbors and I really love it here. It’s wonderful,” Samlowski said.

Most of the tenants have some sort of diverse ability but staff members say that’s no barrier to the community here.

The nonprofit is currently working to build more housing in Las Vegas.