Rescue mission

Coachella Valley Rescue Mission celebrates five decades of service

The Coachella Valley Rescue Mission (CVRM) is celebrating 51 years of serving those facing hardship in the Coachella Valley.

For people like Eric Webber, the CVRM helped him out of a difficult time in his life. Webber was homeless and living in his car battling alcoholism a few years ago.

“A friend of mine said I couldn’t do it anymore that I was killing myself,” Webber said. “Which he was right. So he brought me here one day and I just thought it was a rehab program.

Now he is celebrating a year of sobriety starting Tuesday, thanks to CVRM.

Like Webber, many people who go through CVRM need help. With the programs offered at the mission, the goal is to help people get to the other side.

Services range from outreach, access to emergency shelter services, and long-term programs that aim to get people off the streets.

“The work we do here is crucial for the underserved here in the Coachella Valley,” said Scott Wolff, Director of Development for CVRM. “There are a lot of people who need a lot of help here in the valley.”

The mission assists approximately 2,000 people each year. On Thursday, he celebrates this with his annual gala and silent auction which helps raise funds to continue his work.

Money earned from this event helps CVRM through the summer months and helps with operational support.

Tickets for the gala are no longer being sold, but if you’re still looking for ways to help, you can donate on the CVRM website.

If you are looking to donate clothing or furniture, you can call the mission at (760) 347-3512.