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NTS Alum Selected by People Magazine and American Heroes Channel as One of Three Red Bandanna Hero Award Finalists

NTS alum Merideth Spriggs (04), President and Chief Kindness Officer at Caridad, has been selected by People Magazine and the American Heroes Channel as one of three finalists for the Red Bandanna Hero Award for her dedication and innovative approach to help humanize the homeless by providing customer service based street outreach. 

After earning a Masters of Divinity in 2004 from Nazarene Theological Seminary, Spriggs lost her job and became homeless in October of 2008. She overcame and was hired at the San Diego Rescue Mission to work in the Recuperative Care Unit. Determined to make a difference, Spriggs founded Caridad Inc. in 2010 in San Diego to collect socks and underwear donations for local homeless charities, educate the public about the facts of homelessness and create partnerships between legitimate agencies and volunteers. She expanded the charity to Las Vegas when she and her husband relocated in 2013 and joined the Downtown Rangers in 2014 to provide customer service based outreach to the homeless. 

Recognized as a homeless advocate and trusted leader, Spriggs was invited to participate in the 100,000 Homes Campaign; has provided training for Seattle, Boise, and San Diego communities under the 25 Cities Initiative; continues to work with Community Solutions to provide outreach leadership in Southern Nevada under the Built for Zero Campaign; and The City of Las Vegas recognized her with a Citizen of the Month Award in October 2015. Currently, Spriggs serves as the Southern Nevada lead on outreach 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, Spriggs has housed hundreds and helped thousands of homeless. 

A brief bio is featured in People Magazine’s October 30 edition. Spriggs’ story is also featured on 911 Hero: The Red Bandanna Legacy on the American Heroes Channel, October 28 at 10/9 p.m. (EST/PST)

To learn more about Caridad and her ministry, contact Merideth at 702-981-7800 or 

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