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Humanitarian services – A crises response service that involves the distribution of food and clothing for the low to extremely low income families as well as the homeless and recluse homeless. Since December of 2006, the number of people we have served has gradually risen to the present for the month of August of this year to 1,500 plus needy people of our community. Our humanitarian services were even extended to the Tsunami and Katrina victims in the not too distant past. Approximately 1,000 pounds of clothing to these victims an special packages of candy and hygiene products were also shipped to our military troops in Iraq for 2006. Our data base currently holds 3,800 persons whom we serve. 

Homeless to Work – Began in 2006. This program was designed to provide bus passes to qualifying clients searching for employment or in need of transportation to and from work until they receive their first pay check. The average per week demand for bus passes ranges from 35 to 50 bus passes per week at the cost $12.50 each. From this the program, we are able to promote our Workforce Training services.

Workforce Training – A partnership with Goodwill Industries of So. Cal. The motto is, “Transforming Lives Through the Power of Work”. Clients receive a positive supportive environment where they can access resources and learn skills that will allow them to conduct successful job searches. Eighty percent of the clients receiving this service are the homeless in transitional housing such as Martha’s Village. This program complements the transitional housing facilities throughout the Coachella Valley that currently do not provide bus passes for job searches. This program services approximately fifteen to twenty-five clients per month.

Money Management - The purpose of Money Management is designed to enrich the lives of those who desire greater understanding of how money works, balancing the budget, budgeting for emergencies, and a plan for getting out of debt. If the truth be known, we all could use some help at some time or another. Thank you Don and Jolene Fleming for providing enrichment in financial education

Holiday food baskets for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Thanksgiving hot meals in Cathedral City and DHS. 

In addition, we have our toy drive and giveaway for underprivileged children during this special time of the year. During the holiday season, we served over 500 ho meals for Thanksgiving in Cathedral City and Desert Hot Springs. Each year the numbers continue to grow. Bridges of Hope distributed 86 food baskets to families at Thanksgiving and 98 food baskets at Christmas time. Our toy distribution provided 1,600 toys to needy children in 2006. This year, our efforts will multiple as we extend this distribution to Desert Hot Springs.

 


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