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-Proverbs 31:9 

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Photo (L): Pastor Andy Gibeault, Community Impact Pastor of The Grove Community Church in Riverside, stands next to one of four homeless transitional homes he oversees built on the church grounds (see photo essay).


Food & Shelter

Photo: Homeless on Broadway, San Diego. -Photo InterChurch News

"One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the Lord, and He will repay him for his good deed."

-- Proverbs 19:17 


/News, Etc.

Audit finds California spent $24B on homelessness in 5 years, didn't consistently track outcomes -CBS News, April 9, 2024 / California's $20 billion effort to combat homelessness fails to curb rising unhoused population -KQED, April 9, 2024 / California fails to track its homelessness spending or results, a new audit says -CalMatters, April 9, 2024  What is California getting for all its billlions on homelessness? -CalMatters, February 16, 2023


Financial Need-Based Services

  • Feeding America: Serving Inland Empire, based in Riverside
  • Find Food Bank
  • Lutheran Immigration & Refugee Services 
  • Office of Homeless Solutions -City of Riverside
  • Path of Life Ministries -Riverside, California
  • Riverside County Office on Aging


'Mental Illness on Trial'

A 12-minute Vimeo documentary looking into

mental illness, homelessness, institutionalization and treatment.

 (click here)



    'Helping Our Homeless Neighbors'

 The Grove Community Church's 'Grove Village'

Onsite Housing for Riverside's Homeless

Riverside, April 4, 2023. Inspired by a challenge of then Riverside City Mayor Rusty Bailey for 400 Riverside churches to each help one local homeless person, The Grove Community Church built a model outreach program -- Grove Village. 

The total out of pocket construction expense for Grove Village? $20K -- after donations, according to Andy Gibeault, The Grove's Community Impact Pastor.

Four, 600 sq. foot cottages were built and operational in less than 60 days.

Tenants pay no rent, are required to find work, are treated with dignity and will have put $10-$15K into savings by the time they graduate from the program.

See also: Interview (Moody Bible audio 12/26/2020) Ed Stetzer Live with: Riverside City Mayor William 'Rusty' Bailey, Lead Pastor Daniel Bishop, Community Impact Pastor Andy Gibeault and Builder Brian Jaramillo; 

'Riverside Homes for Homeless Brings HUD Secretary Ben Carson' -Press Enterprise, 12/02/2020;

'How four'Tiny Homes' at Riverside's The Grove Church Could Help Solve Homeless Crisis' -Press Enterprise, 6/19/2018.           

PHOTOS: The Grove Community Impact Pastor Andy Gibeault (center, L) gave a recent tour of one of the furnished 600 square foot 2 bedroom, 1 bath cottages being readied for occupancy. Applications are being reviewed. For a tour, homeless referral or more information on how your church can build a Village, contact Andy Gibeault, The Grove Community Impact Pastor @ 951-571-9090 x2260. For a survey of the Grove Village plans submitted to the City of Riverside, click here

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City of Riverside

Call 211, an emergency phone referral service available 24/7 in Riverside to assist those in immediate need of shelter or facing homelessness. Helpful number to give to homeless persons. 

Call 311, a 24/7 Riverside emergency line to request direct assistance from the homeless task force to assess a homeless individual's need for shelter and medical help. The task force will go out to a bus bench, gas station, etc., in an attempt to administer aid to a homeless individual -- and call for medical assistance if necessary.


A Riverside nonprofit ministry that provides food for the homeless; website offers Resource Services directory.

Call 211, an emergency phone referral service available 24/7 in Riverside for those in immediate need of shelter or facing homelessness -- and to assist those looking for ways to help a homeless person.

PHOTO (L):Homeless man in the morning, 2019, Riverside, Calif. -Photo InterChurch News

A national website offering info on government programs and goals to end homelessness in America in 5 years and help Americans sleeping on the streets in the winter to have shelter. Offers ways to get involved.  

Homeless Shelter Directory  - A national website designed to locate localized homeless shelters and provide resource information.

PHOTO (L): Homeless man warming in winter, 2018, San Diego. -Photo InterChurch News

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Menifee Valley Community Cupboard

Monthly, weekly and daily food supplies for low and no income persons and families. Fill out brief questionnaire. No cost. Food stamp recipients OK.

Mon - Fri 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 26808 Cherry Hills Blvd., Sun City, CA 92586. 951.301-4414.

PHOTO (L): Street art; San Diego, Calif. -Photo InterChurch News

Senior Citizen's Center -- Murrieta

Food resources.

Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. 41538 Eastman Dr., Murrieta, CA 92562. 951.600-9557.

PHOTO (L): Homeless in San Diego, 2020. -Photo InterChurch News

Food Bank and pantry, no qualifying, provide food boxes 7-days a week, $25-$30 boxes w/meats, dairy products or combination canned goods, fresh fruits and dairy products. No limit on number of boxes sold to families. Also new, salvaged clothing and household decor items for sale (NOT 2nd hand; prices competitive w/Wal Mart).

Open Mon - Fri 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sat - Sun 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 40940 County Center Dr., Temecula, CA 92591. 951.695-7206. 

PHOTO (L): Homeless encampment fire; Perris, Calif. -Photo InterChurch News

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