Caridad strives to humanize the homeless by providing customer service based street outreach. The agency is able to do this at the lowest cost possible by partnering with existing Clark County agencies. Caridad, simply meaning “charity” in Spanish and Portugese. Caridad was originally created in 2010 to collect sock and underwear donations for local homeless charities. Homeless affects the entire community. The cost ignoring homelessness is far greater than dealing with it proactively. Caridad partners with local homeless agencies, police, and experts on homeless issues to educate the public. Caridad challenges you to take action. Together we can end homelessness.
Merideth Spriggs received her Masters of Divinity in 2004 from Nazarene Theological Seminary. In October 2008 she lost her job and became homeless. After struggling with homelessness, she overcame and was hired at the San Diego Rescue Mission to work in the Recuperative Care Unit. Merideth created a foundation, Caridad Inc. in 2010 to help educate the public on the fact versus fiction about homelessness as well as highlight and create partnerships between legitimate agencies and volunteers. She has participated in the 100,000 Homes Campaign. In 2013 she and her husband moved to Las Vegas. In 2014 she joined the Downtown Rangers, a Downtown Project Company providing customer service based outreach to the homeless. Spriggs is currently the Southern Nevada lead for the federal 25 Cities Initiative working with federal VA, HUD, and USICH to coordinate ending veterans homelessness. A champion of the housing first model Merideth has housed hundreds and helped thousands of homeless.