Desert Cities Church Volunteers Celebrate MLK Day of Service at Angel View

January 15, 2016

For 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 mjsaltz72@gmail.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 desertcitiescoc@gmail.com 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 info@angelview.org or call (760) 329-6471.

Marlina

Marlina’s Story

Marlina, 39, with Down syndrome, knows what a difference a year makes. Just 18 months after moving into an Angel View home, she'd transformed in every way. Most significantly, through the help of our medical staff, dietitians, and caring house staff, she’s shed 90 pounds by eating more healthfully. She couldn’t wait to show off her new figure as a model in the 2016 annual Angel View fashion show.

Besides her weight loss, she’s more settled emotionally. Instead of tears, her smile lights up the room. Her ability to focus has dramatically improved, as has her ability to transition smoothly when staffers change shifts at her house. Marlina, our princess, loves frilly things, art and the visiting therapy dogs.