Coachella Valley Rescue Mission Celebrates 50 Years of Service to the Coachella Valley with No Show Gala

The non-profit Coachella Valley Rescue Mission will celebrate 50 years of service to the Coachella Valley in March, a milestone marking a long history of compassion for the underserved and community engagement to care for those in need.

In lieu of a regular annual Gala event due to the pandemic, CVRM has kicked off its 50th Anniversary Black-Tie, No Show Gala from March 15 to April 15. Persons who wish to “attend” can log onto and support the Mission and its much needed programs. Donors will be given the opportunity to not only support the Mission, but also included is special pricing for a meal at two local partner restaurants.

“Our desert community has been so very generous and supportive over the years as we provide for those in need. We are so very grateful for the love and support of our donors and community partners.” said Executive Director Darla Burkett.”CVRM has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with its community of volunteers, donors, and business partners to bring about genuine change in the lives of the people it serves.”

Founded in 1971 by local businessmen who saw the growing population of homeless, but without any resources to provide services, CVRM found a home in Indio. CVRM originally starting as a soup kitchen for men only, and in 1983 added programs for women and children. Over the years, CVRM has continued to expand in size and services, with a new campus built in 2011 and a new Resale Boutique opening next to the main campus later in 2021. CVRM currently houses 125 men, women, and children in resident programs and provides emergency overnight services to 70 additional individuals nightly.

The Coachella Valley Rescue Mission provides food, clothing, and safe shelter to anyone in need. Additionally, CVRM helps people end their cycle of homelessness with extensive counseling, job training in eight different job descriptions in including retail and catering skills, and housing assistance.

For more information about the No Show Gala or the Mission, please contact Scott Wolf at

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