The Shade Tree, Las Vegas, NV


It All Began In 1989

The Shade Tree was established in 1989 as Jubilee Ministries and, at the time, had little more to offer than safety, shelter, and cots in the basement of Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church. In 1990, diocese members, Junior League of Las Vegas, and the City of Las Vegas collaborated to establish a permanent shelter.  In December of that year, The Shade Tree opened in a building owned by Catholic Charities.

Within ten years, The Shade Tree had far outgrown this first building.  Programs and services that were truly helping women attain self-reliance were taxing the old building.  To address these growing pains, Donald W. Reynolds Foundation made a dream come true with a $5 million dollar capital grant to build a new facility at the corner of Owens and Main Street.

The Shade Tree is the largest shelter of its kind in the state, and is the only 24-hour accessible shelter designed specifically to meet the needs of women and children in Southern Nevada. With 364 permanent beds, The Shade Tree provides over 100,000 nights of shelter each year. On average, 33% of our clients are children under the age of 18. Senior citizens represent the fastest growing segment of our population.

The second and third floors of our 38,000 square foot facility are residential areas with sleeping rooms, libraries, training rooms, restrooms, and children's playrooms. The main floor has our "Dayroom," kitchen, laundry, restrooms and showers, and services for victims of violence. The full basement is used for storing donations and shelter supplies.

The Shade Tree is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. This means that most donations are tax deductible. We are a local 'grassroots' agency with no national affiliation or support.

To remove any barrier that might prevent a woman from accessing necessary services for she and her children, 100% of our services are provided completely free of charge, regardless of the length of stay.



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Family & Child Treatment of Southern NV

It is a fact that one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior used to establish power and control over another person through fear and intimidation, often including the threat or use of violence. At The Shade Tree, over 26% of the cases we see are the result of domestic violence. When these women arrive at the shelter, many times they are insecure, fearful, angry, and desperate. They have lost hope and purpose in life. That hope though can be restored through a partnership The Shade Tree has with FACT (Families and Children Treatment) of Southern Nevada. [read more]


To provide safe shelter to homeless and abused women and children in crisis and to offer life-changing services promoting stability, dignity, and self-reliance.
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