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Dinner/Speaker Meeting: Veterans Village & Arnold Stalk, PhD
June 12 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Written by JANET BASILONE
FROM THE START ARNOLD STALK has focused his professional career on helping people in need. Armed with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), his first project in 1983 was the design of a methadone clinic for heroin addicts on Los Angeles’ Skid Row. Over a 30-year career Mr. Stalk has spearheaded dozens of notable residential, industrial, and commercial projects in Nevada, California, and other states. As a consultant he specializes in planning and urban design, government relations, real estate acquisitions, and property management. Much of his time is spent assisting non-profit organizations that can benefit from his valuable experience.
Mr. Stalk collaborated with the Clinton Foundation to develop disaster-resistant, rapid-deployment container housing for earthquake-ravaged Haiti. Mr. Stalk is a founder of the Las Vegas M*A*S*H—Mobilized Assistance and Shelter for the Homeless and the Fertitta Community Assistance and Village Crisis Intervention Center. He has helped nonprofit organizations raise over $500 million to support ongoing operations. In 2007 he was presented with a Daily Points of Light Award by President George W. Bush.
In recent years Mr. Stalk has devoted much of his time to veterans issues. As Co-founder of Veterans Village Las Vegas , he was instrumental in retrofitting and refurbishing a former motel to provide a safe, clean, affordable residence option for U.S. veterans.
Central to the effort was a partnership with government agencies and local nonprofits to provide the support services so vital to a successful re-entry to civilian life.
Within Veterans Village residents have access to 24/7 crisis intervention and mental health services, health care, and job referral and training services. Veterans Village is the only crisis intervention center in Southern Nevada that operates 24/7. Three Square Regional Food Bank provides meals. All services are geared toward promoting economic self-sufficiency.
The success of Veterans Village is attributed to the 5,725 skilled volunteers in the rehabilitation facility and over 3,500 additional volunteers working throughout the complex. The nonprofit has helped 692 veteran clients obtain full-time jobs and 257 part-time jobs. There are plans in development to double the number of available housing units to 250; siting will be in Downtown Las Vegas. New facilities will include a CARE Center and Crisis Intervention Center as well as a second Veterans Village Thrift Store at the intersection of Lake Mead and Jones Boulevards. Mr. Stalk has been closely involved in deploying 100 Instant Built Houses at Veterans Village. Instant-built houses are recycled ocean containers retrofitted for housing for under $10,000 per unit.