Help for drug and alcohol addicts has become more and more of a prevalent need in our society. Online outlets such as Social Media, have been a great source for people to turn to when reaching out for help. Heather Frost, Deputy Director for the West Care Women’s and Children’s campus in Las Vegas, NV came onto The Social Media Show to discuss with hosts Sam Dever and Asia Jade what West Care is, what services they offer, their plans for the future and how people can get involved with their organization.
Heather starts the interview by telling Dever and Jade that West Care started on Mt. Charleston as a drug and alcohol treatment center for everyone. Today it has expanded it’s services to not only drug and alcohol treatment but now encompasses VA and human trafficking emergency housing, crisis units for runaway children, women with mental disorders and various forms of behavioral health. The organization has been around for 40 years and celebrated it’s 40th anniversary in the month of October 2013.
Not only does West Care have several locations spread across the Las Vegas Valley, in fact, they are are spread all across the world including places such as the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and Sipan to name a few. In Las Vegas, West Care has locations on North Rancho, Mt. Charleston (which is home to Harris Springs Ranch a place solely dedicated to alcohol and drug patient therapy for men), Outpatient services on Martin Luther King and detox services on 4th and Washington.
West Care is 90 percent state and federally funded making them a grant dependent organization. Frost credits the Las Vegas community for being a huge support helping them with expenses the state and federal funds do not cover. Even though West Care has been around for 40 years, Heather said “A lot of people don’t even know we’re here, until you absolutely need us.” She then went on to discuss West Care’s future plans and their partnership with philanthropist Arnold Stalk who runs Project Share. Stalks relationship with Home Depot led to a big renovation of the Women and Children’s Campus. Heather explains she could as for money from the community everyday but drove home that it is important to show them why. Projects such as the Home Depot renovation is a great way to bring light to the organization.
The conversation concludes with Heather telling Sam and Asia how people can get involved with West Care. Time and money are always a huge help to the organization. You can reach out by calling Heather directly, going on to their Facebook page or visiting West Care’s website. Heather said she would like to open their campus to as many volunteers as possible. They are needing people that have early childhood education who are willing to donate their time to help run their nursery more efficiently. Clothes are also a huge need for the organization. Frost says they need clothes the women can actually wear. A lot of women that are in the West Care program have lived “street lives” and are encouraged to dress with grace and dignity moving forward in their lives.
Heather is actually a recovery herself and expresses that there is nothing like seeing the joy on a patient’s face when “the light comes on” knowing they have found hope.
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