Non-Profit Galilee Center Receives 500K Donation To Build New Emergency Shelter

January 17, 2022

Galilee Center has received a $500, 000 private donation, the largest gift in support of the non-profits current capital campaign as well as the largest historical contribution ever bestowed upon the organization.

In late 2021, Galilee Center embarked on a capital campaign to raise funding to add a 6, 000 square foot expansion to its Emergency Shelter to address increased service needs. The anticipated shelter expansion will allow Galilee Center to, almost, double its emergency housing capacity as well as continue to host humanitarian efforts in a sustained mission to support the essential needs of the working poor and migrant families in the East Coachella Valley.

Bob & Connie Lurie’s generous $500,000 dollar contribution has placed Galilee Center’s capital campaign goal at 95% of its financial target.

Claudia Castorena and Gloria Gomez, Co-Founders of Galilee Center appreciate the outpouring of support from the community. “We would like to give special thanks to Bob & Connie Lurie for their amazing gift. The  Emergency Shelter expansion will offer dignity, safety and well-being to the working poor, immigrants and farming families who gather here. We are so blessed to have such patrons as Bob & Connie, who have not only committed to helping our campus expansion project come to fruition, but have shown a kindness beyond all of our expectations. We are so very grateful.”

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.