The Coachella Valley Rescue Mission held a dedication ceremony at Calvary Christian Center in Cathedral City on Monday morning to celebrate the expansion of its homeless awareness program.
The organization unveiled the very first mobile shower trailers for the homeless in the Coachella Valley.
The CV Rescue Mission announced that the addition of the new shower trailers enables CVRM’s outreach team to provide additional services to homeless people with the option of setting up ‘mobile command centers’, in partnership with other service providers in the same place at the same time.
The outreach team also provides clothing, food, water, referrals to social services, hygiene kits and other items, in hopes of bringing the homeless to shelters. and programs.
Cathedral City Mayor Raymond Gregory said they were “delighted to be working with CVRM on the Community Development Grant to bring this new service to the homeless community.”
He added, “The shower trailer will be an additional opportunity for social workers and mental health workers to communicate with clients about additional services and resources currently available. It makes perfect sense that after a good hot shower, a person feels better and more empowered – the root cause of their homelessness.
Each shower trailer has four shower stalls and is self-contained with electricity, heated water, and sewage storage tanks. The shower enclosure is transported by trailer and unloaded on a flat surface for operation.
Coachella Valley Rescue Mission Executive Director Darla Burkett said she was “grateful to the city of Cathedral City for helping CVRM realize this dream of serving the homeless community.”
CV Rescue Mission Operations Coordinator Mark McGowan spoke about why he is so passionate about helping the homeless and explained his time of homelessness.
McGowan said he understood the people he met who were looking for help “because I am them.”
The organization said it always encourages people to donate items, such as hygiene products, food, water and clothing.
He asks community members to consider donating socks for CV Rescue Mission’s annual “October” sock drive, which takes place in October. Visit cvrm.org for more information.