Hough — When Valerie Norris learned that Clark County funding for the Nurturing Parent program at Second Step Housing was being eliminated, she knew she needed to do something to save the program.
Norris, a case manager at Second Step, and her husband, Joel Green, decided to give of their own savings to match donations during the nonprofit group’s holiday campaign. “My husband and I usually give money to lots of different places, but since the funding for this program was eliminated, we thought we’d give $10,000 to help that program,” Norris said.
The Nurturing Parent program provides parenting classes. Norris said she knows firsthand what it means to find support when you need it. She grew up in poverty and was homeless several times during her childhood. Through hard work and determination, Norris earned a degree and ran a successful business before getting involved in social work. “When you are helping people who are at the bottom of a crisis, it’s wonderful to help them get back on their feet,” she said.