Desert Sanctuary, Inc.

Desert Sanctuary, Inc.

Category: Women's Health
Phone Number:  760-256-3733 Website Address:

Organization Background
Desert Sanctuary, Inc. has been providing emergency and extended stay shelter services for women and children fleeing domestic violence in Barstow since 1982.

Counseling, groups, and classes are designed to empower clients to provide for themselves and their children physically, emotionally, and financially in an environment free from violence.

Their shelters host over 30 people, is ADA compliant, and provides for 30-day emergency stay, with extensions up to 6 months while working on legal, financial and educational goals. The addition of a greenhouse and egg-bearing chickens have reaped tremendous therapeutic benefits to the shelter residents.


Year Amount Purpose
2022 $25,000 For general operating support towards residential and community-based services for domestic violence survivors. General operating support help fill unanticipated expenses such as underestimated expenditures, emergency costs, or emerging needs. 
2021 $25,000 For general operating support for case management and educational training to benefit their clients.
2020 $20,000 General operating support to provide relief during COVID-19.
2019 $25,000 The Valenzuela Foundation awarded DSI a $25,000 general operating support grant for the myriad of domestic violence services they provide to the rural North Desert area of San Bernardino County, a region with few other safety net resources.
2018 $15,000 General operating support of domestic violence shelter and services.