Martha’s Village and Kitchen in Indio will use a $25,000 grant to support its family shelter program, a local nonprofit foundation announced Friday.
The $25,000 Coachella Valley Spotlight grant, which was presented by the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation and KESQ News Channel 3 to Martha’s last week, will help Martha’s Family Shelter Program, which provides emergency housing, job training and meals to about 100 families annually, according to a statement from the Berger Foundation.
The foundation is a nonprofit based in the desert region that seeks out organizations and programs that “help people help themselves” and often awards financial and real estate support for educational, health and social services, according to its website.
“Martha’s has been an oasis of hope for the homeless and impoverished families and individuals since 1990, when it was only a small kitchen serving hot meals in Indio,” said Linda Barrack, CEO and president of Martha’s Village and Kitchen. “As the longest-running resource of its kind in the region, our organization has grown with the community’s needs thanks to generous support like that of the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation and News Channel 3.”
Martha’s Village and Kitchen opened its 120-bed facility in 2001 through donor and community support. The facility provides 24 spaces for families to stay together and 19 rooms for individuals.
“It’s wonderful that Martha’s services allow for families to live at the shelter together during such a trying time of facing homelessness and all the other stresses that accompany it,” said Catharine Reed, program director for the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation.
In addition to emergency housing, Martha’s also provides food, case management, childcare, recovery services, health care and a career and education center — which served more than 6,000 people last year.
“With many people living one paycheck away from homelessness, Martha’s is a refuge for the impoverished to break that cycle through awareness, education and stable housing options,” said Jerry Upham, general manager of Gulf California Broadcast Company, which owns KESQ.
Through the Coachella Valley Spotlight partnership, Martha’s has been featured on KESQ programming throughout this month.
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