So much more than a home for our homeless!

There’s no age limit, the doors are always open. It’s clean, welcoming, organized, staffed and ready to care for those in need. It’s safe; everyone wears a mask and uses sanitizer. People are friendly and work hard. It’s definitely a Village!

What an amazing visit Dr. Steven Roffers and I had at Martha’s Village & Kitchen Friday, August 14, 2020. A simple sanitizer and PPE donation drop off turned into an eye-opening transformational event. The tour and stories Major Gifts and Planned Giving Officer George Nasci-Sinatra shared with us as we strolled the hallowed halls of one very amazing place will always hold a very dear spot in my heart.

When a person enters the Village’s program they may be considered homeless, but there’s more to it than just needing a place to sleep. Martha’s Village & Kitchen offers help in every arena; nourishing food, professional medical treatment, clothing, a roof, training, education, child care, family development, new skills and helpful habits to practice long after they leave. Martha’s Village & Kitchen is a temporary stop in life, but the intrinsic gifts obtained from the experience will last a lifetime.

I get goosebumps thinking about the lives touched by Martha’s Village & Kitchen. To put it mildly, Martha’s Village & Kitchen is a one-stop shop for helping someone in need, changing their life forever, and preparing them for a future with skills to deal with whatever life has in store.

Here’s a list of some of the things we saw while George spoke and gave us a guided tour:

  • A large open welcoming lobby area
  • A free-standing sanitizer station
  • A cooling center
  • Bathing and showers
  • Computer stations
  • Seating in front of a large screen TV
  • A Chapel
  • Classrooms for training & education
  • A pantry filled with food and supplies
  • Hygiene kits for men, women & children
  • A huge kitchen
  • Culinary training programs
  • “A” grade Riverside County Health Dept
  • A huge dining room
  • Pallets of food for community distribution
  • A nursery
  • A daycare center
  • A fully staffed medical center
  • Computer rooms
  • Resume writing & Job skill development

Martha’s Village & Kitchen has a management staff and a volunteer staff. The organization is the epitome of how the task of caring for the homeless should be. Martha’s Village & Kitchen is the benchmark!

If you’ve never felt what it’s like to be homeless in your lifetime, you’re one of the lucky few. If you think there’s something you can do to help, please contact Major Gifts Officer George Nasci-Sinatra at (760) 347-4741 ext.137, and be prepared to witness one of the kindest things Indio, California has to offer people in need!

A Gorgeous Kitchen for Culinary Training Certification
provided by Martha’s Village & Kitchen

And, last but not least…. One of my favorite moments of the tour!