Desert Cities Church Volunteers Celebrate MLK Day of Service at Angel View
January 15, 2016For the 8th consecutive year, congregants from Desert Cities Church of Christ will celebrate the Martin Luther King Day of Service by volunteering at Angel View, announced local HOPE Worldwide representative and Women’s Ministry Leader for the Desert Cities Church of Christ Mj Saltz. Some 50-100 congregants, from elementary school age to adults, will be on hand from 8 a.m. – noon to help beautify the Angel View campus, which is the site of a therapeutic adult day program for adults with developmental disabilities. Desert Hot Springs Mayor Scott Matas is expected to be on hand to welcome the group.
“Our congregation started participating in this national day of service about 20 years ago,” Saltz explained. “In the early years, we did beautification projects at schools, worked with orphanages, veterans, and canvased low income communities to help supply dental opportunities. When my husband Danny, Lead Pastor for the Desert Cities Church of Christ, and I moved to the desert nine years ago, we decided we wanted to partner with a cause where we’d become like family. We chose Angel View because of the wonderful work they do for people with disabilities. Soon after moving here, our daughter was diagnosed with autism so we formed an immediate, personal connection to Angel View.”
“The Angel View campus is a different palette than when the Desert Cities volunteers first arrived,” noted Patti Park, executive director. “Our headquarters was built in the early 1950s, so a lot of upgrading was needed. We’re grateful to have been adopted by this hard-working group!”
Over the years, the volunteers have painted parts of the building and surrounding fencing, cleaned out Angel View’s wheelchair parts room, sorted parts, helped clean out storage buildings, planted a garden, built a pergola, and more. To volunteer, contact Mj Saltz at email@example.com.
The Desert Cities Church of Christ is a non-denominational Christian Church located in Palm Desert; the group is part of the Inland Empire Region. Services are held at 4pm on Sundays at the St. John Lutheran Church. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org and www.ieministry.com for information. Along with sister churches, Desert Cities has been partnering with HOPE worldwide since it began in 1991. HOPE worldwide is an international charity that changes lives by harnessing the compassion and commitment of dedicated staff and volunteers to deliver sustainable, high-impact, community-based services to the poor and those in need. For more information on HOPE worldwide, visit www.hopeww.org.
Angel view is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that for 60+ years has provided residential care to thousands of children and adults with a wide range of disabilities, giving family members greater peace of mind. The organization also provides an adult day care program to promote independence, and community outreach services that help families raising children living with disabilities. Based in Desert Hot Springs, Angel View raises funds for its programs through the operation of 19 resale stores located in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. For more information or to volunteer at Angel View's stores, visit: www.AngelView.org, email email@example.com or call (760) 329-6471.
Maria has multiple disabilities and requires 24-hour care. But since she’s been at Angel View, she’s continued to grow in her abilities and interpersonal skills. A whole team of professionals helps her advance toward personal goals written just for her. Everything she learns helps her reach her maximum level of independence.
Besides learning life skills, she gets to go on dozens of outings. Thanks to our caring staff and specially equipped buses, she’s an active participant in our community.
We focus on what she has accomplished – not her limitations. She has such a happy smile and a vibrant personality. All who know her are touched by her radiance and her energy.