Local businessman gives $50,000 to neighborhood church


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Local businessman gives $50,000 to neighborhood church

By Beth Fisher. CREATED Apr 14, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The church that is helping transform an area most people used  to avoid is getting more community help. Casa de Luz is in the heart of what many call Naked City.

We first focused on this tiny church making an enormous impact back back in February, feeding the hungry, providing a safe place for children, and rebuilding a neighborhood.

Investor Phillip Peckman said, "I've been here over 30 years and the Naked City you're afraid to drive through in the 80s. So when I came down here, I wasn't expecting it to be so put together, so well run. And you meet a guy like Chris Chapel who is delivering what he says he'll deliver."

Phillip Peckman is the latest community leader to see our story and the impact of Casa De Luz. Yes, the church is helping families but it has also dramatically lowered crime in this neighborhood. Peckman was so impressed, he donated $50,000 to get the church out of debt.

Pastor Chris Chapel said, "All the money that comes in goes directly back out in the community so for us not to have that much debt hanging over our head, it frees us up to do a lot of things for the youth in our community and things like that."

Peckman's not the only one who sees the value in Casa De Luz. Nick Mamula purchased the building for Casa De Luz in 2012 and has invested countless dollars to remodel it and support this ministry as well.

Beth Fisher

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Beth Fisher is an anchor for Good Morning Las Vegas and reports on the positive news in Las Vegas.