Since 1996, we have led the effort to help the economically and socially challenged residents of the Coachella Valley. We have been at the forefront of nearly every major service to the poor.

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Our Mission


The Well in the Desert is a 501c3 non-profit organization that provides clothing, showers and a cooling center 7 days a week, plus nutritious hot meals 5 days a week.

We offer emergency food assistance, weekly supplemental food distribution and a wide array of services through advocacy to those affected by poverty, including the working poor, the homeless, seniors, veterans, the handicapped and others in the western end of the Coachella Valley.

We fuel programs for poverty prevention, direct services for poverty intervention, and execute an organized effort to advocate for the poor.

Well in the Desert has been described as “the safety net for those homeless and living in poverty in the western end of the Coachella Valley”
— Roy Wilson, late Supervisor, Riverside County Board of Supervisors


  • Daily hot nutritious meal to over 135 people a day, 5 days a week.

  • Sack lunches for the evenings and on Saturdays.

  • Some transportation to medical and social service appointments.

  • Cooling Center

  • One way tickets home.

  • Resume writing assistance.

  • Utility Assistance.

  • Furniture.

  • Phone and mail service.

  • Food distribution Saturday 6:00-9:00 AM.  (*ID and proof of residence required to recieve assistance.).

  • A family-friendly environment where all can feel welcome, cared about, and respected.

  • Home deliveries to seniors who are homebound or frail.

  • Van transportation to hot lunch sites.

  • Emergency food boxes.

  • Saturday food distribution of healthy foods to working families, seniors, veterans, the disabled, families with children.

  • Assistance with food stamps, MISP, ID and more.

  • Showers

  • Clean clothes, coffee & snacks

  • Morning coffee, rolls and fruit

  • Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations for all in need

  • Christmas presents for all the children

  • Free notary service.

Well In The Desert Cooling Center
441 S Calle Encilla
Palm Springs, CA 92262

7:30 AM – 6PM (June 15 - October 15)
7:30 AM - 3PM (October 16 - June 14)

(760) 285-7297 • (760) 656-8905