It’s important to feel comfortable when navigating our transit system in Southern Nevada and RTC is always here to make riding easier. In an ongoing effort to help newcomers to the country learn how to maneuver our transit system, RTC staff visits Catholic Charities monthly to provide a step-by-step tutorial on how to ride the bus, from buying a bus pass to exiting our vehicles and everything in between. Our goal is to make sure refugees receiving assistance at Catholic Charities feel confident and safe when riding the bus.
During Catholic Charities’ Cultural Orientation, which teaches refugees how to adjust to living within the Las Vegas community, the RTC provides transportation information, educating attendees on the basics of riding transit. They become accustomed to how to get from point A to point B by learning everything including crosswalk signs, how to read bus stop signage, check schedules on the rideRTC app and board the bus. Knowing all of the tips and tricks makes it easier to get to job interviews, citizenship classes or anywhere they need to go to help them start a new life.
Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada has been serving the valley for nearly 80 years and is now one of the largest private-nonprofit social services in the state. Its mission is to assist individuals with diverse needs and help them obtain self-sufficiency and stability in the United States through its 16 programs, one of them being Migration and Refugee Services.
Just last year, 806 refugees were welcomed to Nevada. Catholic Charities’ Migration and Refugee Services aids refugees from all over the world in rebuilding their lives and starting new. Through the program, refugees have access to many services and resources, with transportation now added to the list.
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