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Michael Cortez graduated from the Valley Apprenticeship Connections (VAC) program in July 2017 and ever since then his life changed for the better. In the apprenticeship program, he learned on the job skills and gained the confidence to succeed in the field of construction. What Cortez calls a history of bad decision making, resulted in prison then to parole and looking for a jump start into a career. “I knew a job at Walmart wouldn’t cut it so I went to a meeting at the parole…

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Maria Sanchez, clerical assistant, Fresno EOC Employment and Training, was recognized as the Fresno Regional Workforce Development Board’s 4th Quarter Award Winner at the Fresno City Council meeting last week. Staff nominated Sanchez because of her success in the program, motivation to succeed, and ability to overcome all obstacles. After being unsuccessful in previous job search attempts, she was referred to Employment and Training in August by a friend who also went through the program…

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Fresno EOC Sanctuary and Support Services hosted the Central Valley 10th Annual Conference on Human Trafficking with over 400 guests in attendance. The all-day event held workshops, a vendor fair and the launch of the Fresno City Mayor’s Office Initiative to Combat Human Trafficking, among other conference activities. “It’s great to be a part of something that I’ve been working with different groups behind the scenes for a while and to now see how much this Valley is…

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Earth Day Block Party 2019

Posted on Apr 05, 2019

Join Us for Our Global Youth Service Day Event! April 13, 2019 from 10 am - 2 pm Fresno EOC Local Conservation Corps Neighborhood Youth Center (1805 E. California Avenue, Fresno, CA  93706) Kid Zone • Teen Zone • Community Resources • Easter Egg Hunt (with special golden egg) • Entertainment • Free Food •  Car Show (with Old Times Car Club)   Questions or for More Info Call (559) 264-1048 Find event on…

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Breastfeeding and being sick

Posted on Jan 16, 2019

Continue breastfeeding if you are sick! It’s that time of year again when people are sneezing, coughing and getting sick! Unfortunately, moms are not immune from catching a bug that may be going around. Many moms are concerned, and rightly so, that if they get sick they will get their baby sick. Moms that are breastfeeding are especially concerned with this because of their close contact with their baby during feedings or fear their milk will make the baby sick. Myth: I need to stop…

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Fresno Councilman Oliver Baines presented Shawn Riggins, director of Fresno EOC’S Local Conservation Corps (LCC), with a special surprise at the Fresno City Council meeting last week. Dec. 13, 2018, was proclaimed Shawn Riggins Day, in honor of the work he has done with Fresno EOC and youth in the community.   “Shawn is our friend, our buddy and our pal, but what a lot of people don’t know is how Shawn’s life is dedicated to our community,” Baines…

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Tears fill Brenda's eyes as she looks across at her former case manager Iselda. "I feel like she was the only person that really cared about me. She made me feel wonderful. She made me feel special." Brenda smiles before she continues, "Once a month I would see her and it was the best day of the month." When Brenda first learned she was pregnant, she wasn't prepared to be a mother. Her parents had come from Mexico to give their children a brighter future. For Brenda, becoming a mom at 17…

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