A important facility in Palm Springs has returned to service following a brief closure that allowed for a remodel brought on by issues found by health inspectors.
Driving the news: Looking to address issues that caught the attention of the Riverside County Health Department, the kitchen at St. Paul in the Desert was shuttered for two weeks during the summer for a remodel and deep cleaning. A ribbon cutting on Sunday marked its grand reopening.
Why it matters: The work being done in the kitchen is some of the most important in the Coachella Valley. Monday through Friday, meals are cooked at St. Paul’s by staff from Well in the Desert and then transported to delivery sites throughout the city and beyond for disbursement.
Closer look: Led by Rick Tinsley, the director of food and nutrition at Eisenhower Hospital and a member of the church’s Kitchen Taskforce, not only was the kitchen refurbished, but a water heater and the large commercial refrigerators in the kitchen were repaired.
What they're saying: “This kitchen remodel is a significant outreach within the larger community. It’s making Jesus’ commandment to love one another concrete." —Tom Clarke, a member of the Kitchen Care Team.
- Tinsley and the “Kitchen Care Team” also met to do training focused on how to empower Well in the Desert staff to keep the new equipment and space clean.
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