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Victorville Homeless Shelter Brings Health and Wellness Training to Clients

Photo Courtesy High Desert Homeless Services Inc.
Photo Courtesy High Desert Homeless Services Inc.

VICTORVILLE-(VVNG.com): High Desert Homeless Services Inc. has brought the N.E.A.T. Program to the shelter to provide health and nutrition information to those who reside at the shelter including the children. N.E.A.T. stands for Nutrition Education Activity Team. The team consists of nursing students from Azusa Pacific University, CHAN – Community Health Action Network, Ready 4 Reading and Chef Melvin Jones from St. Joseph Health.

Together the team brings nutritional and physical education to the shelter through once weekly, approximately hour-long seminar. On Wednesday, June 10th, the clients learned about making physical activity fun, choosing drinks wisely including how to make water fun and delicious, they got read a story, enjoyed planting an herb garden, learned a healthy new recipe, colored their own nutrition book and enjoyed the delicious healthy meal the Chef Melvin Jones prepared.

The shelter on Amargosa houses adult and children and is the only of it’s kind in the High Desert. They provide a stable, structured home for their clients during their stay of 30-90 days. The shelter provides for all of the needs for their clients, including food, clothing, toiletries, and resources to assist clients get back into permanent housing. The shelter relies heavily on grants, donations and fundraisers.

At this time, the shelter staff is working hard to raise the funds needed in order to build a playground for the children.  If you would like to help, you can send or take in a check written to: High Desert Homeless Services Inc. and on the note line specify “Playground”, if you would like your donation to go to any other portion of the shelter’s needs simply leave the notes blank. Donations can be taken or sent to:

14049 Amargosa Rd, Victorville, CA 92392.  Online donations can be made with major credit cards at:  http://www.highdeserthomelessservices.org/

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