Your zip code should not determine your destiny, but unfortunately, too often it does.
One in six people in the Coachella Valley is food insecure. This means they are worried about food, and often parents are making decisions not to eat so their kids can. One in three kids in the eastern part of our Valley is growing up in poverty, relying on free breakfasts and lunch at school, meaning they go hungry when school isn’t in session.
Additionally, there is one only doctor per 9,000 people in East Valley. Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Zambia, Nicaragua, Haiti and a long list of developing nations have better doctor-to-patient ratios than the region just a few miles from our patio. A doctor-patient ratio of 1:9000 means it’s impossible for people living in the East Valley to get the medical care they need. Residents could get better medical care living in Haiti.
Southwest’s responses and initiatives to local needs:
STANDING WITH THE VALLEY to collect bags of food. The food is then given to local agencies such as The Narrow Door, Coachella Valley Rescue Mission and other churches who are designated as distribution centers.
READ WITH ME PROGRAM to help at-risk elementary kids learn how to read.
TWO LOCAL THRIFT STORES to provide funding for an orphanage, local kids and students to attend camps . It takes 150 volunteers a week, two large donation trucks and the attendees of Southwest donating their items to pull this off.
ANTI-HUMAN-TRAFFICKING partnering with Safe House of the Desert to raise awareness, work with girls stuck in gentlemen clubs and provide shelter for people in transition from undesired lifestyles. The Department of Justice has designated Interstate 10, which runs coast to coast and is less than three miles from Southwest Church, as the number one route for human sex-trafficking in the nation. And the captives of that trade…most are girls, some as young as 9 or 11 years old. Jesus came so that those children could be released from their horrific captivity.
CHILD FOSTERING PARTNERSHIPS with the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission and Safe Families program through Olive Crest (Southwest members become foster parents).
REGULARLY SCHEDULED ‘COMMUNITY SERVE DAYS’ where you can get involved in local service projects for a day.
LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS We can’t bring down the giants plaguing our community on our own, so we work with and provide resources and ideas to other local churches, as we think the answer to what the community needs most is wrapped up in who Jesus is, what He offers and what His teachings provide.