Running for Hope: Fundraiser to Combat Domestic Violence

March 30, 2024

In a world where the shadows of domestic violence loom large, it’s time to take a stand and make a difference. We are thrilled to announce our upcoming 5K fundraiser for Shelter From The Storm, where every step you take will bring us closer to a brighter, safer future for all. Join hands with us as we lace up our running shoes and run for a cause that truly matters.

Domestic violence is a pervasive issue that affects millions worldwide, transcending boundaries of race, gender, and age. By participating in our 5K run, you’re not just covering the distance; you’re helping to shine a light on this crucial issue, fostering understanding, empathy, and support for survivor. Every stride you take in our 5K fundraiser contributes to our mission of raising much needed funds and awareness for the only domestic violence shelter in the Coachella Valley. Your involvement helps fund crucial support services, advocacy efforts, and educational programs that empower survivors and work towards prevention.

This 5k is open to everyone – from seasoned runners to casual joggers, families, friends, and community members. Whether you’re a running enthusiast or simply looking to show your support, there’s a place for you at our event. Together, we can make a powerful statement against domestic violence.

Save the date and tell a friend! Mark your calendars for our very first Fit in 42 5K fundraiser to Combat Domestic Violence and spread the word far and wide. Encourage your friends, family, and colleagues to join us in this meaningful cause. Together, we can amplify our impact and show solidarity with those affected by domestic violence. Let’s remember that every step we take brings us closer to a world free from domestic violence. Join us on this journey of hope, healing, and empowerment. Together, we can make a difference. Lace up, stand up, and run with us towards a brighter tomorrow.

Make sure to carve some time out after the race to have some more fun! We will have local vendors, raffling off prizes, and other ways to win prizes! The Easter bunny may also make an appearance!

Please pre-order your shirt with your nearest Fit in 42 location by March 4th.
Entry fee donation: $39
Location: 77780 Country Club Dr Suite A1
Palm Desert Ca 92211

Second Annual 4x4x48 Event

Last year, Dulce McMillon and Ryann McMillon, along with the coaches at Fit In 42, set out to raise awareness and funds for Shelter From The Storm by running 4 miles every 4 hours for 48 hours. Running a total of 2 full marathons; 48 miles, in 2 days. We were blown away by the outpouring of support from our community. With your help we were able to raise close to $10,000!

This year, we have decided to make this an annual event due to the overwhelming success and support it brought to Shelter From The Storm and our overall community! The Second Annual 4x4x48 event will be held on Friday, March 24th through March 26, 2023, with the first four miles starting at 12:00 noon, from the Palm Springs Fit In 42 gym location.

Our biggest mission for the Second Annual 4x4x48 is, first and foremost, to spread awareness about intimate partner domestic violence in our community and those enduring in silence to know that there is help, there are resources, and there is hope!

Abused survivors might remain silent and stay in a violent household for many reasons, including fear of judgment, fear of punishment, or the shame that comes from being abused. It is important that they know; when they are ready; that there is help available to them. Shelter From The Storm is that safe haven for many abused survivors in the Coachella Valley.

It has been a difficult past few years for Shelter From The Storm. As board members, Dulce and Ryann, both know in more detail, the needs and the tasks necessary to keep serving our community. Shelter From The Storm currently, operates an emergency crisis domestic violence shelter house with 20 beds, however, our goal is to expand those services and provide a multi-unit home to be able to help even more survivors of intimate partner domestic violence. We want to provide more resources and be partner with the school districts to help children living in violent homes. In order to do this and more, we need your help.

Click on the link below to help Shelter From The Storm continue being the safe haven for those experiencing domestic violence in the Coachella Valley. Become a donor, sponsor, and support of the Second Annual 4x4x48 and Shelter From The Storm.


Dear Friends,

Calling all Warriors and Champions to answer the call with a resounding, “Yes, count me in!”, for this 2022 end of year giving campaign. Shelter From The Storm is still here and standing tall. We are committed to making sure every victim of intimate partner domestic violence in the Coachella Valley knows help is available and we are the ones dedicated to providing it. SFTS has overcome many obstacles since the onsite of the pandemic. We have learned to adjust our services to meet the needs of our clients and their families. We incorporated virtual services to our already comprehensive service provisions and now have hybrid programs in place that offer both virtual services as well as in-person service, depending on individual needs and participation preference.

However, we cannot do this without you. We need your support once again! Would you take this time to sign up, donate, and become a Warrior giver or a Champion supporter? You can be our hero today by just saying, “Yes, Count me in!”. There are numerous ways to donate and support Shelter From The Storm in meeting our goal of raising $100,000 by December 31, 2022. Simply text Countmein22 to 26989, or you can mail in a check, visit our website, and click the donate now button to be directed to our online giving. You can make a lifesaving difference in the lives of families torn apart by domestic violence.

We need people like you! Don’t take my word for it, hear what Ryann has to say to our Warrior Givers and Champion Supporters like you.
“The shelter saved my life. It gave me the security and stability I needed in a time of crisis: a roof over my head, something to eat, and counseling and mentoring. I lived a life of complete chaos, full of struggle, adversity, pain, and suffering. My family lived in a vicious cycle of domestic violence. Going to the shelter was the TURNING POINT in my life. The shelter gave me so many resources that I needed. They gave me an opportunity that I never had before and that was an opportunity to break the mold and become something greater than what I was exposed to.”

Ryann is also a Champion supporter, and one of our newest board members.

Will you help Shelter From The Storm continue to help victims and their children, just like we were able to help Ryann?

Donate today! Become a Champion Supporter like Ryann with a gift of $5,000 or more, or a Warrior Giver with your $2,500 or more donation. Your donations are 100% tax deductible.

We have various levels of giving. No donation is too small, and all donations will greatly impact our clients! You can sign up to donate monthly and help defer costs as a member donor. Below are some of the levels of donations you can say, “Yes, Count me in!” to:


We appreciate you for your ongoing support and being one of our life saving donors.

With gratitude and Highest Regards,

Angelina Coe, Executive Director

Ryann McMillon, Survivor, Board Member, Fundraising Committee Chair, and Champion Giver


Shelter From The Storm, Inc. (SFTS) is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Corporation dedicated to helping victims of domestic violence in Riverside County.

Thank you to Desert Oasis HealthCare 40 by 40 Anniversary Challenge and to everyone that voted for Shelter From The Storm! Shelter From The Storm came in 3rd! Congratulations to all the other winners (listed below). Visit the Desert Oasis HealthCare website for more details:

You voted and the results are in!

Your votes have determined these WINNERS for a total of $40,000 in additional financial support of area nonprofits in 2021.

Happy Anniversary DOHC and thank you for your support!

Based on Total Votes Received DOHC will Donate:

1st Place: Palm Springs Animal Shelter $12,000

2nd Place: FIND Food Bank $10,000

3rd Place: Shelter from the Storm $7,000

4th Place: Sanctuary Palm Springs $5,000

Cathedral City Senior Center, Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine, HARC (Health Assessment and Research for Communities), Mizell Center, Senior Advocates of the Desert, Yucca Valley Senior Center $1,000.

Total Cash Awarded: $40,000

Shelter From The Storm has some exciting news! Help support SFTS and cast your Vote today.

Shelter From The Storm has been selected as one of the charities to receive a share of $40,000 in the “40 for 40 Challenge” campaign 2021 by Desert Oasis Healthcare (DOHC). They are celebrating 40 years of service and want to give back to the committee by supporting local nonprofits.

Vote today to help Shelter From The Storm, “win”! Click here to VOTE! 

We can receive up to $12,000 from DOHC!

Happy 40th DOHC and thank you for your support!

Please take a moment and VOTE today!

A very special THANK YOU to the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation for their generous grant donation that made this website possible!

Thank you to the following foundations and donors for their support!

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