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Local nonprofit lets homeless, disadvantaged high school students shop for free

Posted at 3:37 PM, Jan 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-31 19:58:39-05

A local non-profit is helping teens in need.

Betty's Boutique on Rancho Drive and Gowan Road lets high school students shop for free.

The boutique was created out of the need of making sure the students have the proper attire to blend into the school. 

It is an initiative started by the nonprofit, Project 150 to help homeless, displaced and disadvantaged high school students.

Meli Pulido is the Executive Director of Project 150. She says the shop is giving teens more than just the clothes but also confidence.

"Giving them a nice jacket. A nice pair of shoes to be not as noticeable that they're taped together. That's going to let them focus more on academics than what they're wearing," said Pulido.

The organization serves dozens of schools in the valley, plus 20 in Reno.

Precious Owens started shopping for clothes at the boutique two months ago.

"I didn't think I was going to like it at first. But then I kept on looking at the clothes and stuff and they ended up being my type of clothing," Owens said. She has since decided to volunteer her time to help other students in need. 

The store is open from Tuesday to Friday afternoon.

Anyone who wants to help is encouraged to donate. For more information on Project 150's programs and how to donate, go to project150.org