Galilee Center Announces Shelter Expansion

October 13, 2021

Galilee Center has announced plans to expand its campus with a new 6,000 square foot Emergency Shelter. With a substantial increase in need over the past years, Galilee Center has found itself growing beyond its capacity to serve those gathering at its Mecca facility. 

The new shelter expansion will allow for more humanitarian efforts to sustain Galilee’s mission to support the essential needs of the working poor and migrant families in the East Coachella Valley. The building will double the ability to put “heads on beds” from 75 to 150 and will feature two separate dormitory-type rooms for male and female clients for privacy and security.

Currently, emergency housing is being facilitated in the Galilee Center community room. The new building expansion will free up the community room for other services such as air-conditioned community dining, special events, community meetings, a cooling center, and more.

According to Claudia Castorena, Co-Founder of Galilee Center, “Our shelter offers dignity, safety and wellbeing to the working poor, immigrants and families with nowhere else to go. Doubling our housing capacity means we can help more people in need and free up valuable space for other services.” 

With construction plans currently being reviewed by Riverside County’s Planning Department, Galilee Center has embarked on a capital campaign to raise approximately 2 million dollars to fund this expansion project. Those familiar with the organization’s humanitarian efforts have recognized the tremendous impact such a vision will have on the welfare of valley residents. As of this release date, the campaign has raised over half of its financial goal from grants and donations from generous patrons.  

To learn more about Galilee Center’s pending expansion, please go to You may also call (760) 396-9100 for more information, progress updates and news.

Click here to donate to the Shelter Expansion.

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