- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

THERMAL, Calif. (AP) - Riverside County supervisors have voted to create and operate a shower, restroom and laundry facility for migrant farmworkers.

The supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to start work on the Mecca Comfort Station in early 2015.

The station is being built in collaboration with the Galilee Center, a charity that provides clothing, food and other basics to families in low-income Coachella Valley communities like Mecca, Oasis and Thermal.

Part of a warehouse that was donated to the Galilee Center in 2013 and now serves as the group’s office and distribution center will be renovated into the Mecca Comfort Station.

Supervisor John Benoit says as many as 200 migrant workers per day are expected to use the station, which is located in an area where they often lack basic facilities.

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