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EDUCATION
Boys and Girls Club of Cathedral City
Focus Area: After-School - Triple Play/Healthy Habits/Intergenerational Garden
Program Description: The mission of the Boys and Girls Club of Cathedral City is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.
The Triple Play and Healthy Habits programs provide a multi-faceted approach to health, education and wellness amongst club attendees ages 6 to 18. The goal is to improve members’ knowledge of healthy habits and encourage smart eating choices, increase the number of hours daily that children participate in physical activities, and strengthen their ability to interact with others to create positive, healthy friendships. The programs operate year- round and are designed to nurture young people’s potential by encouraging positive behaviors, increase access to nutritious food for families, and provide health related outreach, education and prevention to our community.
 
Boys and Girls Club of Cathedral City
Focus Area: After-School - Reading Intervention / Homework Assistance
Program Description: The mission of the Boys and Girls Club of Cathedral City is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.
The Reading Intervention/Homework Assistance program targets early reading strategies for students, ensuring they reach and maintain grade level reading skills which keep students on track and on path to graduate high school. The club provides one-on-one tutoring that shows tremendous results, along with the adopt-a-book program to provide access to reading materials at home and foster parental engagement. The Homework Assistance portion is an extension of the program that teaches strategies and techniques for success in school, and high-yielding learning activities where youth are exposed to the resources to make secondary education a reality.
 
Boys and Girls Clubs of Coachella Valley
Focus Area: Educational Achievement – After-School – Diplomas to Degrees
Program Description: Boys and Girls Clubs of Coachella Valley’s mission is to enhance the lives of the young people of our community, especially those with economic and/or social needs, by offering a safe haven and meaningful youth development programs.
Diplomas to Degrees is a college-readiness, access and success program designed by Boys & Girls Clubs of America. With a strong focus on high school youth and grade progression to help ensure that young teens have a soft transition upon completing high school. The program’s ultimate goal is preparing youth for further education in trade school, community college, or university. In its third year, d2D began in Desert Hot Springs and Indio, and is now expanding to Coachella and La Quinta; assisting more than 60 at-risk students to apply for college, scholarships, financial aid, and sign up for college classes.
 
Boys and Girls Clubs of Coachella Valley
Focus Area: Educational Achievement – After-School – Juvenile Delinquency Prevention
Program Description: Boys and Girls Clubs of Coachella Valley’s mission is to enhance the lives of the young people of our community, especially those with economic and/or social needs, by offering a safe haven and meaningful youth development programs.
The Links Juvenile Delinquency Prevention program serves youth ages 11-17 that have mandated community service hours. In addition to providing a safe environment for at-risk teens, the goal is to instill a sense of hope thorough awareness of a greater future, positive self-esteem, open communication, respect and better choices to the youth who choose the Boys & Girls Clubs to fulfill their service hours. The key components of the program require participation in homework completion, fostering relationships with mentors, and completion of daily duties at the Club, with a goal to redirect them onto a positive path.
 
Family YMCA of the Desert
Focus Area: Educational Achievement – Ages & Stages Developmental Assessment
Website: www.ymcaofthedesert.org
Program Description: The Family YMCA of the Desert is the largest provider of licensed quality early childhood education in the valley, serving over 3,500 kids and families. The focus of the Family YMCA is to reinforce caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, allowing kids to develop social skills, confidence, leadership, and fitness.
The Ages & Stages Developmental Assessment Program uses research-based assessment on all children ages 5 ½ and under who enroll in a pre-school program, to screen for possible developmental delays or lags in five areas: communication, gross motor, fine motor, problem solving, and social development. If and when there is a delay in development, detection and early intervention is to the child’s benefit. This program will notify parents with any such possible delays, allowing for follow-up assessment, diagnosis, and crucial intervention.
 
Family YMCA of the Desert
Focus Area: Educational Achievement – Financial Assistance Program for Pre-School Children
Program Description:  The Family YMCA of the Desert is the largest provider of licensed quality early childhood education in the valley, serving over 3,500 kids and families. The focus of the Family YMCA is to reinforce caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, allowing kids to develop social skills, confidence, leadership, and fitness.
The Financial Assistance program connects parents of children ages 2-5, from low-income households, to the financial means needed to secure a quality pre-school education for their children. More than one fourth of the children participating in the YMCA programs receive financial assistance, making community support a vital element in the ability to assist families and offer opportunities for early education. Evidence proves that children who receive a quality pre-school education experience are more likely to: enter kindergarten ready to learn, stay on track for grade level reading, acquire better mathematical skills, and become more likely to graduate high school.
 
JFK Memorial Foundation – dba The Ophelia Project
Focus Area: Educational Achievement – Mentoring & Youth Leadership
Website: www.opheliaproject.org
Program Description:  The Ophelia Project’s mission is empowering and encouraging young teens to increase their sense of self-worth and maximize their potential contribution to society. The Ophelia Project, a program of the JFK Foundation for 18 years, is a unique and successful approach to team mentoring for teen girls in 8th – 12th grade; it takes place at the schools during the day, and is supported by three Unified School Districts in the Valley. The program provides enrichment curriculum designed to improve academic achievement, increase GPA and graduation rates, college preparation and resources for higher education.
The JFK Foundation is committed to developing education, health care, and other socially significant programs to enhance the health and wellness of Coachella Valley families.
 
FINANCIAL STABILITY
Catholic Charities
Focus Area: Income Stability – Family & Community Services/ Casework Program
Website: www.ccsbriv.org
Program Description: The mission of Catholic Charities is to provide services that impact family, neighborhood, and society so that people’s lives are filled with hope. Catholic Charities envisions that all families in the Coachella Valley experience stability, safety, health and wellbeing.
The Family & Community Services program has been serving residents of the Coachella Valley for over 30 years. The program provides case work services to individuals and families facing times of crisis. The work is a collaboration between caseworkers and the family to assess the strengths and challenges of each family, develop goals and objectives, evaluate options & services available to help meet the needs of the family, and generally provides ongoing support. The goal is to move the family beyond a point of crisis and instability to a place where they are stable and have the capacity to meet the needs of their family.
 
Catholic Charities
Focus Area: Critical Needs – Eastern Coachella Valley Food Distribution
Website: www.ccsbriv.org
Program Description: The mission of Catholic Charities is to provide services that impact family, neighborhood, and society so that people’s lives are filled with hope. Catholic Charities envisions that all families in the Coachella Valley experience stability, safety, health and wellbeing.
The Eastern Coachella Valley Food Distribution program was established in 2004 to serve the communities of Mecca, North Shore, and isolated trailer parks. Food is distributed weekly for up to 700 families. The goal is to provide healthy food to as many low-income families as possible, providing relief to families whose budgets area heavily impacted by the high cost and accessibility of fresh food. In providing this relief, the most vulnerable families are able to retain funds for other necessities such as rent and utilities, to maintain financial stability.
 
Desert Cancer Foundation
Focus Area: Critical Needs – Patient Assistance / Navigator Program
Program Description: The Desert Cancer Foundation is dedicated to serving residents in the Coachella Valley, who need assistance in obtaining screening, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. The vision is to make sure no local resident goes without treatment due to inability to pay. The Patient Assistance program helps provide necessary continuum of cancer care for residents who are underinsured, uninsured, or lack sufficient funds to pay for their medical care. The Patient Navigator program will process applications and multiple medical bills for approximately 175 clients. The program serves as a model in its role of reducing the long-term cost burden that cancer patients face and provides financial assistance and case management to the most at-risk individuals in our community.
 
Galilee Center
Focus Area: Critical Needs – Emergency Food Distribution
Program Description: Galilee Center of the Desert’s missions is to fulfill the needs of the most underprivileged and disadvantaged by providing food, clothing, and other basic needs and affirm their dignity with love, compassion, and respect. The organization’s vision is to help reduce the poverty levels of the migrant farm workers in the eastern Coachella Valley by providing a comprehensive program to meet their basic needs.
 
Jewish Family Service of the Desert
Focus Area: Income Stability – Senior Care Management
Program Description: The mission of Jewish Family Service of the Desert (JFS) is to provide for social service needs of the Jewish and general community throughout the Coachella Valley, with a commitment to promote the well-being of persons of all ages, incomes, and lifestyles. JFS offers an array of counseling and social services to residents in need, regardless of religion, age, income, gender, national origin, ethnicity, or sexual orientation; with the vision to improve quality of life of the clients served and the community at large.
The Senior Care Management Program provides services to ensure seniors’ safety, health, and independence including geriatric care, transportation, emergency food assistance, and socialization programs to reduce isolation, particularly to the elderly that are low-income and/or homebound.
 
 
Martha’s Village & Kitchen
Focus Area: Income Stability – Food Services Program
Program Description:  The mission of Martha’s Village and Kitchen is to help neighbors in need, to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty by promoting sufficiency through an innovative continuum of care, multi-disciplinary programs and partnerships. The organizations envisions a community where all people have the opportunity to live their full potential, and everyone has access to food, housing, healthcare, education, and the means to maintain them.
Martha’s “one-stop-shop” serves homeless and impoverished families, offering onsite programs, including food & health services, children’s services, alcohol & drug treatment, case management, and transitional housing. The Food Services program directly addresses the nutritional and hunger needs of homeless and impoverished individuals and families. With meals served three times a day, the program provides thousands of nutritionally balanced meals to our community’s most vulnerable. When hunger is taken care of, individuals are better able to cope with and overcome the underlying challenges of their situation, and work towards self-sufficiency.
 
Martha’s Village & Kitchen
Focus Area: Income Stability – Transitional Housing & Employment Services
Program Description:  The mission of Martha’s Village and Kitchen is to help neighbors in need, to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty by promoting sufficiency through an innovative continuum of care, multi-disciplinary programs and partnerships. The organizations envisions a community where all people have the opportunity to live their full potential, and everyone has access to food, housing, healthcare, education, and the means to maintain them.
Martha’s “one-stop-shop” serves homeless and impoverished families, offering onsite programs, including food & health services, children’s services, alcohol & drug treatment, case management, and transitional housing. The Transitional Housing and Employment program serves as a vital safety net for homeless individuals and families, offering 120 transitional beds for homeless individuals, including 95 beds for families with children and 25 beds for single adults. The program helps support individuals as they work to regain self-sufficiency, income and permanent housing. By providing a safe and comfortable home, coupled with career preparation and job placement assistance, staff members work to motivate residents to strive for self-sufficiency.
 
HEALTH
CHLA’s Audrey Hepburn CARES Center – Barbara Sinatra Child Advocacy Center (BSCC)
Focus Area: Health – Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center (BSCC)
Website: www.barbarasinatrachildrenscenter.org
Program Description: Children’s Hospital Los Angles is committed to being the leader in pediatric care, advancing research and finding the best treatments for children and adolescents. CHLA utilizes long-term strategic initiatives, including access, quality, family-centered care, research and education. An important component to CHLA is the Audrey Hepburn Child Advocacy, Response and Evaluation Services (CARES) Center.
CARES has developed a new partnership with the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center (BSCC) and Eisenhower Medical Center to bring expertise on child abuse and neglect to BSCC and EMC staff, enhancing care for child abuse and neglect victims in the Coachella Valley. Currently, limited staff members at BSCC and EMC are trained to examine and identify child abuse and neglect. This program aims to work with both organizations on training, and policy & procedures updates that will increase the capacity to identify and care for this vulnerable population. CARES Director, Dr. Imagawa will provide consultations on cases referred by the local District Attorney and Child Protective Services in the valley.
Unlike an illness or injury, child abuse is not so easily diagnosed. CARES began with a focus on identifying young victims, but has since grown into an expert in the field, with a special focus on the effects of trauma/toxic stress on the developing brain. This program will help increase awareness, accessibility, and resources for the youngest and most vulnerable children in our community. 
 
Desert ARC
Focus Area: Health – Desert ARC Health Care Program
Program Description: Desert ARC’s mission is to enhance the lives and create opportunities for people with disabilities by increasing the choices, capabilities, and independence of clients participating at the organization’s programs. The vision is to provide training services that assist clients in finding suitable employment, and to provide day services for those who are medically fragile.  
The goal of the Desert ARC Health Care Program is to provide nursing and health services for adults with developmental disabilities, especially with limited mobility who would otherwise not be able to participate in programs and activities offered at Desert ARC. All Clients participating in the Adult Day Center and almost half participating in other programs, receive medical services daily to meet routine medical needs.
 
Desert Blind & Handicapped
Focus Area: Health – Transportation Services
Program Description: Desert Blind & Handicapped strives to create a transportation network that compliments public, paratransit systems to ensure that everyone with a disability has effective access to transportation. The organization strives to help people with disabilities remain active and engaged in the community, and to avoid premature placement in assisted-care living facilities. In the past 6 years, Desert Blind & Handicapped provided nearly 25,000 instances of transportation for residents who lack access to public transportation routes and/or other means of service. Covering the cities of Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, Cathedral City, and Desert Hot Springs, they primarily serves low-income seniors and disabled residents, providing much needed access to doctor appointments, food shopping, physical and mental counseling, and care centers for those with specialized needs.
 
FIND Food Bank
Focus Area: Health – Kid’s Summer Feeding Program/Mobile Meal Route in Thousand Palms
Website: www.findfoodbank.org
Program Description: FIND Food Bank is dedicated to relieving hunger, and the problems associated with hunger, through awareness, education, and mobilizing resources and community involvement. FIND’s vision is to support a community that is free of hunger and food insecurity.
FIND’s Kids Summer Feeding Program includes coordinated efforts to expand access to critical nutrition resources across our three local school districts, using variety approaches. 2016 will be FIND’s 8th Annual Kids Summer Feeding Program. The organizations will partner with community-based agencies, low-income housing communities, and local schools districts, to help supplement the seasonal nutrition deficit that occurs each summer during the 10 weeks that school is not in session. The goal of the program is to not only provide immediate, essential nutrition for children, but also to build and showcase the demand in the community so that a tradition, fixed meal site can be sustained in the community for future years.
 
FIND Food Bank
Focus Area: Health – Gap Based Food Assistance
Program Description:  FIND Food Bank is dedicated to relieving hunger, and the problems associated with hunger, through awareness, education, and mobilizing resources and community involvement. FIND’s vision is to support a community that is free of hunger and food insecurity.
The Gap Based Food Assistance Distributions in Underserved Communities/Areas serves Sky Valley, Salton City, Oasis, Indio, La Quinta, Palm Desert, Thousand Palms and North Palm Springs. The gap-based distributions FIND Food Bank currently supports are in neighborhoods, micro-communities, and larger communities with few to no resources that otherwise support regular food-assistance distributions and/or lack of transportation to distributions that may be close in living proximity, yet still inaccessible. The locations/gaps in services areas are where not enough food assistance is readily available to those who need it. To help meet the demand of emergency food assistance, the areas are serviced with the use of a Mobile Pantry Truck from FIND Food Bank.      
 
Jewish Family Service of the Desert
Focus Area: Health – Mental Health Counseling for Low Income Residents
Program Description: For over 33 years, JFS has provided high quality mental health counseling services to individuals, couples, families, children, adolescents, and seniors from low to moderate income households at low or no cost. Counselors work with clients to develop treatment plans that include goals with target dates, behavioral outcomes, and projected treatment duration as well as helping clients to understand the root causes of emotional and behavioral issues. Families, individuals and children who would not otherwise be able to afford mental health treatment now gain the opportunity to increase and see overall improvement in general mental health, helping to stabilize the family dynamic.