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Angel’s Dinner 2018

A warm and grateful thank you to all who attended this year’s Angel’s Dinner event. It was a huge success and will go a long way toward helping the many Coachella Valley families in need of help.

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Angel’s Dinner 20182018-03-15T23:34:57+00:00

Hundreds Line Up for Galilee Center Giveaway – KESQ

Hundreds Line Up for Galilee Center Epiphany Event where shoes, socks and blankets were given to families in need.

Thank you to KESQ for covering this special day.

Epiphany 2018
Epiphany
Epiphany
Epiphany

The Galilee Center would like to thank everyone who helps make this special holiday event possible. “Thank you for sharing your blessings!”

Hundreds Line Up for Galilee Center Giveaway – KESQ2018-01-10T21:26:23+00:00

Galilee Center Will Distribute Holiday Food Baskets

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Galilee Center Will Distribute Holiday Food Baskets2017-12-26T22:07:49+00:00

Galilee Center Christmas Toys

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Galilee Center Christmas Toys2017-12-26T22:05:28+00:00

Ways to Help on Christmas 2017

Christmas Donations

Dear Friends,

On this Holiday Season, we would like to express our gratitude for the support given to Galilee Center’s mission.

With your support, Galilee Center will continue its mission of helping hundreds of low-income families with Christmas Food Baskets and New Toys for more than 1,100 children on Christmas Day.

Please consider supporting one of the Ways To Help On Christmas

What will your gift buy?

Your generous donation of $25 will feed a family of 4 for 4 days – that’s 32 meals at only 78 cents!

Ways to Help on Christmas

We at the Galilee Center wish you a peaceful and joyful Holiday Season.

Thank you for sharing your blessings.

Please Donate

Prefer to mail your donation?

Please send your check to:

Galilee Center
P.O. Box 308
Mecca, CA 92254

Download a printable form. Thanks in advance for your generosity!

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Ways to Help on Christmas 20172017-12-07T01:26:36+00:00

Galilee Center’s 2017 Annual Thanksgiving Food Basket Distribution was a big success!

Galilee Center’s 2017 Annual Thanksgiving Food Basket Distribution was a big success!

This year Galilee Center distributed 750 Thanksgiving Food Baskets to east Coachella Valley families in need.  On the day before the Thanksgiving holiday, November 22, families waited in line, some arriving at the Center before 8am until we opened our doors at 3 p.m.  “The wait was worth it, now I have a turkey and some food to share with my family this Thanksgiving,” said Rosa C. with a smile on her face.

The Galilee Center would like to thank everyone who helps make this special holiday event possible. “Thank you for sharing your blessings!”

Galilee Center’s 2017 Annual Thanksgiving Food Basket Distribution was a big success!2017-12-01T22:56:40+00:00

Emergency shelter opening in Mecca aims to help Coachella Valley’s farmworker housing crisis

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, The Desert Sun

For too long, migrant farmworkers have slept in hot parking lots and crowded trailers in the eastern Coachella Valley. There’s not enough housing here for the workers who fuel the region’s agriculture industry.

But a new emergency shelter at the Galilee Center in Mecca could help fill that gap.

The Guadalupe Shelter plans to open its doors by December 1 and provide between 100 and 150 beds, according to Gloria Gomez, founder and president of the Galilee Center. The nonprofit received two gifts totaling $250,000, allowing it to operate the shelter through the grape harvest, which spans from April to June. It’s expected to remain open until July 31, 2018.

The center will use the funds to hire staff to run the overnight shelter and purchase supplies. Gomez is hopeful that more people donate so the center can operate on an annual basis

Mary Ingebrand-Pohlad, who lives in La Quinta during the winter, donated $200,000 to the project; Father Howard Lincoln and the Sacred Heart Parish in Palm Desert donated the remaining $50,000.

 Ingebrand-Pohlad said she was moved to act after reading an article in the Desert Sun about migrant farmworkers sleeping in a Mecca parking lot due to the shortage of migrant housing in the area.

“I’ve been mulling it over in my mind ever since,” she said.

The Desert Sun reported in June that the San Felipe Migrant Housing Complex, one of the valley’s two housing developments for migrant farmworkers, had closed after the operator, the Desert Alliance for Community Empowerment, went defunct. The remaining development, a 128-bed facility called Las Mananitas, is so popular that its beds fill up weeks before the harvest begins.

As a result, dozens of workers with nowhere else to go were sleeping under their cars at a parking lot on Hammond Road and Second Street in Mecca. They said they were sleeping on the pavement because the cars got too hot, even at night.

“This population is so important and I think they’re living in the shadows and have been really marginalized,” Ingebrand-Pohlad said. “Our goal is to empty that parking lot and put a roof over everyone’s head.”

 Migrant farmworkers and low-income families can already take showers, do their laundry and eat a hot meal at the Galilee Center. Once the emergency shelter opens, they will also be able to sleep on mats on the floor, with clean sheets and pillows, and get breakfast in the morning. They can stay at the shelter indefinitely, if they follow the center’s rules, said Gomez of the Galilee Center.

Gomez said more farmworker housing is “greatly needed” and the new emergency shelter is a “good start.” When asked if it would provide enough beds, she said, “ask me that question in a month.”

In fact, county officials are taking steps to develop more migrant farmworker housing in the region.

Riverside County Supervisor V. Manuel Perez said he worked with the county housing authority to secure a new operator for the San Felipe housing complex. The facility is now open; it is restricted to migrant farmworkers and their immediate family members.

The Coachella Valley Housing Coalition will now operate both the San Felipe and Las Mananitas complexes.

Additionally, the second phase of construction of a 136-unit farmworker housing complex in Coachella is slated to begin in June, according to the housing authority.

Rebecca Plevin covers immigration and equality for the Desert Sun. Contact her at rebecca.plevin@desertsun.com or @rebeccaplevin on Twitter.

Emergency shelter opening in Mecca aims to help Coachella Valley’s farmworker housing crisis2017-12-01T18:19:36+00:00

2017 Thanksgiving Basket Distribution

Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

During this Thanksgiving Holiday Season, we invite you to give thanks for the many good things you have received and to share your blessings with families that need you.

We at Galilee Center are reaching out to you to support our mission of helping those who are most underprivileged and in need by providing a Thanksgiving Dinner and to make a change in their lives with dignity, compassion and respect.

What will your gift buy?

Your generous donation of $25 will feed a family of 4 for 4 days – that’s 32 meals at only 78 cents!

$15 = 1 Turkey

$15 = 1 Baby Formula

$25 = 1 Food Basket

$150 = 10 Turkeys

$150 = 10 Baby Formulas

$250 = 10 Food Baskets

Give Thanks

Help those in need this Thanksgiving through a donation that will provide meals to under privileged families.

Please Donate

Prefer to mail your donation?

Please send your check to:

Galilee Center
P.O. Box 308
Mecca, CA 92254

Download a printable form. Thanks in advance for your generosity!

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2017 Thanksgiving Basket Distribution2017-11-07T19:48:36+00:00

Coachella Valley Food Drive 2017

 

Please join Galilee Center and our community partners in donating food for those in need.

Find a location near you. Thank you!

Galilee Center Food Drive 2017

Coachella Valley Food Drive 20172017-11-01T23:48:38+00:00