The mission of Family Promise of Las Vegas is helping homeless families transition to permanent housing and independence. This 12,298 SF Family Navigation Center is an extension of these values by providing spaces of learning, healing, and comfort. Through its progression of courtyards wrapped with light and color set in the delicate landscape of the Mojave, the new center is a place of refuge and rejuvenation. At the entry courtyard a protective canopy invites passage. Walking inside the building reveals a sky portal clerestory above, a symbolic embrace holding families within its light-filled arms. Here in the “Great Room”, families receive care and support from staff and other families. One also finds a series of kitchens that looks out onto a desert garden, making the connection between food, Earth, and people. Other amenities include: reception area, director and staff offices, computer workstations for job searching, training and resource classroom, and a children’s learning center. In the final courtyard, children are encouraged to play. Ten Bridge apartments for resident families are arranged around this space with an area designated for gardening, cooking, and gathering. Healing and solitude are also important for these families. A nature walk circumnavigates the building for quiet reflection or daily exercise.