PALM SPRINGS, Ca.
A new day program offering career advice and resources for the homeless opened Wednesday in Palm Springs, which officials hope will provide the local homeless population with the tools to secure housing and jobs.
The city-funded program will be offered Monday through Friday at Roy’s Desert Resource Center, with a mission of expanding to a seven-day program in the future.
Developed by City Council members Ginny Foat and Geoff Kors, along with the city’s Homeless Task Force, the center will offer a variety of services including resume writing, computer skills, employment coaching, housing, case management and benefit assistance, according to city officials.
Bus passes will also be provided for those on the job hunt. “The city of Palm Springs is committed to fighting the problem of homelessness in our city,” Foat said. “I am thrilled that our new day program at Roy’s is finally getting off the ground and we sincerely hope the new services being offered will make a tangible difference to those in our community who truly want to improve their skills and enjoy independent, successful lives and get off the streets."
Foat said that while the new program “will not solve our homeless issue entirely, it is our hope that it will significantly impact the part of the homeless population that is searching for that hand up.”