In 1971, a group of concerned businessmen and churches came together to form the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission.
Assistance was provided by the Union Rescue Mission of Los Angeles, which seeded the endeavor with funds to purchase property on Van Buren Blvd. in what was then known as the Carver Tract. A soup kitchen and overnight shelter served the growing homeless and migrant worker population. The addition of the men’s dorm and shower facilities were added onto the original WWII era meeting hall, kitchen and dining room.
In the mid-1980’s the Mission saw a growth in the number of homeless women and families, and purchased the adjacent club, “Hot Spot” which was remodeled into the Women and Family Shelter. A new dining room, kitchen, walk-in cooler and freezer, and the second story administration and program offices were constructed at the same time.
As the number of homeless in the area continued to grow, we made plans to expand our facility. Property was purchased across the street from the Mission, and in 2007 we started our Building New Beginnings Capital Campaign. Our new facility was built and completed in November 2011, with 150 resident beds and an emergency overnight shelter with a capacity of 75. Our Gateway and New Life Programs have continued to develop and flourish, having an over 80% rate of success. We currently have plans to expand again, building our Annex in 2014.
The Coachella Valley Rescue Mission has been and is a place where people can recover the life God intended for them to have. At CVRM, the homeless, abused, addicted, and needy have a place where physical, spiritual, and developmental needs are met.
Literally thousands of men, women, and children have been helped through the Mission’s programs. Today, the Mission feeds and shares the Gospel with over 225 clients per day. Over 190,000 meals are served in our kitchen each year and over 70,000 nights of safe shelter will be provided. The Coachella Valley Rescue Mission could not do this without the kindness and generosity of our donors.
Life-change is taking place!