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Dane Koch: Find Yourself at Revivals Where Everything Old is New Again

Dane Koch grew up in San Diego, moving to the desert in 2005 with his family and beloved dogs. Initially located in Palm Springs, Dane moved to Palm Desert in 2018 and quickly fell in love with the surroundings and people. “Our realtor wanted to show us a couple of homes in Sun City and once we saw how beautiful the community was and that it was so well maintained we became interested. We were really looking for our forever home and Sun City proved to meet all of our expectations,” he beams. On his initial move, the only thing missing was new employment that would embrace his passion for helping people. He found it in local non-profit DAP Health and supporting thrift brand Revivals.

Dane recognized that Revivals matched his mission and enthusiastically joined their team as Director of Retail over 10 years ago, devoted to creating a Revivals retail experience like no other and bettering the community. “I have known many people who did not have access to the type of comprehensive care available at DAP Health. I saw how that lack of care impacted their health outcomes. I am enormously proud to work for an organization that is committed to health equity and expanding access to care for more of our neighbors here in the Coachella Valley.”

Today, DAP Health works to improve the overall health of the entire community, providing medical, mental, and oral health services regardless of income with a focus on expanding health equity by reaching medically underserved community members. The group’s mission is to enable access for everyone to primary and preventative health care services such as HIV and Hepatitis specialty care, dentistry, behavioral health, and social services. With such an expansive list of community services, a name change from Desert AIDS Project to DAP Health was adopted to reflect the
organization’s expanded mission.

When Desert AIDS Project changed its name in January 2021, it did so in a way that honored its history by expanding the role it plays in public health and health equity. The advocacy-based health care organization has evolved to be so much more than what its founders envisioned during its beginnings during the AIDS crisis. DAP Health is a name that more accurately reflects the host of comprehensive health services currently offered to the community.

To help fund costly services, DAP Health opened its own thrift store called Revivals which offers the valley’s best collection of resale items alongside brand new furniture at bargain prices under its owned brand Mode. Revivals raises over $1 million annually for the non-profit, turning over 100% of profits to DAP Health each year since it first opened in 1994, and as the advocacy-based healthcare organization opened its doors wider to welcome more neighbors into care, Revivals opened more stores to help fund the work.

With 10,000 patients currently in care, half of them impacted by HIV/AIDS, DAP Health sees more than 100 new patients each month, and the need continues to grow. That is why DAP Health also offers HIV testing, education, and early intervention services to help thousands more in the community.

Dane stresses that his leadership is only a part of the big picture at Revivals stores. Comprised of a unique blend of staff and volunteers, the welcoming community feeling at Revivals would not be possible without the generosity of those who volunteer. Over 180 volunteers donate over 13,000 hours each year, reselling gently used furniture, home goods and fashion that has been donated by the generous local community at their four store locations.

The magic really happens behind the scenes where the team of volunteers sorts, prices, and touches every donated item before it comes to the sales floor. Together, the team has created a unique shopping experience – an exciting treasure hunt that delivers on their promise of affordability, discoverability, and community connection.
Revivals’ newest store location is in Indio, CA at the corner of Monroe and Highway 111. The store was designed to embrace the brand evolution of DAP Health and reflect the organization’s commitment to community throughout. More than 29,000 shoppers come through the doors each month, giving Revivals a unique opportunity to introduce DAP Health to people needing healthcare access or who want to join in
becoming a donor.

You can support this great cause by volunteering, shopping, or donating to Revivals or directly to DAP Health. All donations provide comprehensive care for the 10,000 individuals who call DAP Health their health care home.
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