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High school students help homeless community

Posted at 8:38 AM, May 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-03 11:38:12-04
Bishop Gorman High School (BGHS) teamed up with New Genesis Transitional Housing to help make improvements to 10 apartments and a community space on April 23 as part of the biannual "Gaels Give H.O.P.E. (Helping Out People Everywhere)" event. Around 70 BGHS Art students and students from the school's Theology Honor Society participated in the project.
"Our Gaels Give H.O.P.E. event is an opportunity for our students to use their talents to help others," said Susie Portz, Service Coordinator of BGHS' Campus Ministry Department. "With partnerships like this, students have a chance to see firsthand the positive impact of their work."
New Genesis began in Denver, Colorado and has been operating in Las Vegas since 2005. the program seeks to provide no-cost housing to those that are homeless or on the brink of becoming homeless. Specific objectives like maintaining employment and remaining substance-free are requirements for the program.
“It’s nice to see high school students passionate about projects like this in their community,” said Maurice Page, Las Vegas Executive Director for New Genesis. “We’ve seen so many positive impacts because of Bishop Gorman’s efforts last year and the residents are really appreciative.” 
This was the second event in coordination with New Genesis, and the seventh year BGHS has hosted Gaels Give H.O.P.E. events. Last year's event with New Genesis required help from more than 300 BGHS students over the course of two weekends.