Shine a light

is a Freedom House Sober Living program that provides housing, counseling and other services to the people living in the underground flood channels of Las Vegas. Founded by Beneath the Neon author Matthew O’Brien in 2009 as a grassroots community project, Shine a Light joined forces with Freedom House in 2017. The program is led by O’Brien and Paul Vautrinot, a recovering addict who lived in the tunnels for three years. SAL accepts financial and material donations, including bottled water, socks, underwear, AA and AAA batteries and McDonald’s and Target gift cards.


“May the Good Lord shine a light on you,
Make every song your favorite tune.
May the Good Lord shine a light on you,
Warm like the evening sun.”

“Shine a Light”
The Rolling Stones