Non-profit organization helps the Valley's working poor

- Food, clothing, household items and medical clinics are all under one roof for more than 135,000 people alone.

"We call it one-stop shopping center for our clients," said Renea Gentry, executive director of ICM. "They come to us from many walks of life, but more are working poor."

Gentry says she saw 23,000 more clients last year, with the majority making less than $10,000 a year and many are doing this while trying to raise a family.

"My kids would be taken away," Palmira Sesmas said.

People like Palmira rely on ICM to survive.

"Really hard with five kids asking for food, sometimes my empty freezer with no clothing... it's hard for a single mom," she said.

Then there are those like Frank, a 59-year-old who comes prepared for the long bus ride twice a month.

"I had bacterial meningitis and I was in the hospital for 10 months, so I got out... and I haven't been able to work since then," he said.

There's also clients like Geraldine Harris, who have a son and a grandchild still living at home.

"It's hard to... to have extra people, you know, that you have to take care of and so on but... we do what we have to do," she said.

It's struggles many in our community face, but are made easier thanks to places like this.

For information on how to donate to ICM, click here.

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