Supervisor Benoit to Speak at Groundbreaking of Coachella Valley Rescue Mission Shelter
INDIO – Supervisor John J. Benoit will speak at the groundbreaking of the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission shelter at 1 p.m. Dec. 8. The site of the new shelter is 47-470 Van Buren St., Indio.
“This new shelter and future redevelopment will be the start of great things, not just for those who will use the shelter, but for the entire eastern Coachella Valley,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “I am excited for the future of this area and applaud the efforts of county staff and supporters of the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission to make this happen.”
The 43,000-square-foot building will house 150 men, women and children seeking new beginnings. The new shelter will replace a 9,700-square-foot building built in the 1930s which, at its fullest capacity, housed 80 people.
In addition to the almost doubled capacity, other features include classrooms offering full GED programs, separate studios for women and children, a dining hall that seats 150 and will serve over 600 meals per day to the community and a playground for children.
The Riverside County Board of Supervisors approved at its Tuesday meeting a preliminary notice to purchase two parcels owned by the Rescue Mission. In order to build the new rescue mission, the county will purchase the parcel where the shelter will be located and lease it back to the Rescue Mission for a dollar a year. The county will consider a future redevelopment project at the site of the old facility.
For more information about this groundbreaking, please contact Darla Burkett, executive director of the Rescue Mission, at (760) 347-3512 extension 222.