Our Place


In our partnership with Washoe County Human Services Agency, we are operating several facilities:

  • 4 homes for families to host a total of 38
  • 2 homes for women to host a total of 138
  • 1 home for seniors over 60 to host a total of 18
Our Place is on the corner of 21st St. and Glendale Ave.

Our Place is a new women and family shelter located in Sparks, NV.

OUR Place is a low-barrier, housing-first emergency shelter unlike any other campus in the nation. It is specifically designed to provide a warm, safe, and home-like environment where guests feel welcomed and wanted. This “Person First” approach is meant to remove the stigma of poverty and provide a conducive space for healing and growth.

Through almost a decade of working with our neighbors who live outside, we have found that they are capable, resourceful, creative, and resilient people. Life is about living, not just surviving and we recognize that when individuals are trusted and invested in, they thrive. Our Guests tend to meet and exceed their goals by building trusting relationships, investing time and energy, and learning to advocate for themselves.

Moving indoors can be an isolating and lonely experience, this is why RISE and Washoe County offer wrap-around services in order to assist those facing daunting transitions. We are not just providers, we are a team of individuals who walk the path with our Guests. Staff, peers, volunteers, and the client’s support network all bring healing and unity to achieve hope. Our model is a collaboration with peer-led services. We are compassion driven, and outcome-based with a focus on long-term housing solutions that fit the needs of individuals. We recognize that diversity makes us stronger and embrace human uniqueness. Rather than seeking to build a program that pushes people to adapt, we collaborate to build responsive interventions.

Our Place is more than a bed; it is a second home. Guests find themselves in a place where they and their families have a therapeutic place to heal at their own pace.

Donation Requests

THANK YOU for considering us for your
donation items!

Please email kim@renoinitiative.org to arrange donation drop off.

COVID restrictions are currently limiting us as to what we can accept however we always have a need for:

  • SOCKS!
  • Pack n plays/pack n play sheets
  • Diapers/formula/wipes
  • Bed-in-a-bags (new) full & twin sets – adult, child sets – mainly twin 
  • Mattress covers/protectors
  • Pillows
  • Toothpaste/toothbrushes
  • Hygienic items

Job Announcements

Recently, RISE hired 50 full and part-time positions to staff Our Place 24/7. We are always accepting Resumes or CL’s for potential positions that may open. If you are interested in joining our team, please submit your information to: Human Resources

In addition, we are available to discuss new services for our region and how we can partner with you to make your ideas a reality. Please research our philosophy of community care and mutual aid and reach out if you think we are a fit.