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by Tribune Staff
Nov 09, 2010 | 477 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — The Launching Pad Empowerment Center on Friday announced that the organization has received a large donation of furniture and fixtures from the Atlantis Casino Resort and Spa, helping it become a fully functioning facility and assisting the program in providing housing to men, women and veterans transitioning to a sober lifestyle.

The Launching Pad Board of directors approached John Farahi, CEO of the Atlantis, requesting support for development of the empowerment center. Farahi expressed an interest in donating all furnishing required for the center from the future demolition of the original motor lodge located in the rear of the current Atlantis.

“We’ve received enough furniture and fixtures to equip all of the rooms and also accommodate clients and facility visitors in a common community room,” said Sandy Finelli, Launching Pad executive director. “Everything that we’ve received is in great shape. This is absolutely fantastic and a very generous donation. It’s also the best recycling project ever.”

The Atlantis donated the motel beds, dressers, armoires, tables, chairs, heating/air conditioning units, sinks and fixtures to the organization. The donation has helped the organization furnish 20 rooms, providing housing for 38 individuals. It has also helped furnish a large community room, office space for facility operation staff, an eating area and an outdoor patio area.

Since it opened in March 2005, The Launching Pad has helped more than 160 individuals in the Reno area transition to a sober lifestyle. The organization initially began with a women’s facility. Due to the success experienced with the women’s program, the organization opened a men’s facility in June 2008.

The Launching Pad is located at 7400 S. Virginia St. For more information, call Finelli at 853-5441 or visit

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