The summer cooling center at the United Methodist Church of Palm Springs will extend its services to the end of October, it was announced Tuesday.

Funding had been secured for Martha’s Village and Kitchen to continue operation of the cooling center for an additional month, Riverside County Supervisor V. Manuel Perez, whose Fourth District includes Palm Springs, announced Tuesday.

In light of this additional funding, Perez, Martha’s Village and Kitchen CEO, Linda Barrack and the church were able to come to an agreement to extend the services that were scheduled to end Sept. 30.

“We have been so honored to be a part of this operation this summer and look forward to providing the shelter and wrap around case management services for an additional month,” Barrack said.

Food, shelter, showers and services to assist in the access of permanent housing opportunities are among the services provided by Martha’s Village and Kitchen at the church.

This is the third year the county has provided funding for summer warm weather shelters and the first such services are being offered 24 hours day rather than simply overnight, providing those in need with better levels of support, an aide to Perez told City News Service.

The United Methodist Church of Palm Springs is located at 1555 East Alejo Road.

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