Project 150, a non-profit dedicated to helping homeless, displaced, and disadvantaged high school students, has expanded to Northern Nevada and is currently serving students at Damonte, Hug, Reno, Sparks, North Valleys and Wooster High Schools.
Project 150 was inspired by a television news story, December 2011, about 150 homeless students at Rancho High School in Las Vegas. Two locals who grew up and attended school in Las Vegas saw the story and visited the school to verify the report. Within two weeks they rallied donations from friends and colleagues and delivered several truckloads of food and supplies for students. Today, Project 150, a 501 (c) (3), serves over 1900 homeless, displaced, and disadvantaged students in 37 Lass Vegas high schools and five in Reno in collaboration with like-minded charities and community organizations.
When Sue Barry, a long time Reno resident had an opportunity to volunteer at a Student Shopping Day in Las Vegas she was moved to bring the charity to Reno to serve the students of Northern Nevada. Project 150 Reno was born.
Using the same grassroots methods that served them in Las Vegas, the members and Volunteers of Project 150 reached out to family and friends in the Reno area. Sue Barry and her husband, Kevin Frausto agreed to head up the Northern Nevada chapter of Project 150 Reno, supporting struggling local high school students so they stay in school through graduation.
Project 150 Reno was warmly received when they proposed collaboration with Wooster High School. Principal, Leah Keuscher, Assistant Principal, Charlie Walsh, and Counselor, Erin Danielson along with other staff had built the framework for success by starting a student pantry that is operated by the schools special needs students.
Project 150 Reno has committed to supplying the pantry with non-perishable food, school supplies, clothing, and toiletry items. With your support Project 150 Reno can better serve the students at Wooster High and McQueen High and grow to serve more Northern Nevada High Schools.
The First Step
Project 150 Reno started at Wooster High School, but the need of homeless students is a state wide issue. There are thousands of homeless students in Washoe County and the problem isn’t going to go away on it’s own. If you are interested in getting involved and helping, please contact us, we need all the help we can get.