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The California Tobacco Control Program (CTCP) in the California Department of Public Health announced on Monday, January 13, that Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission (Fresno EOC) Rural Tobacco Education Program (RTEP) will receive $1.1 million in funding over five years, beginning July 1, 2020. The priority for this new grant term is building on the momentum of current tobacco control efforts to reach populations that are still underserved and disproportionately impacted by the harmful…

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This year the College of Social Sciences and Kappa Sigma partnered to raise over 800 socks during their Socks for a COSS donation drive to benefit Fresno EOC Sanctuary Youth Shelter. Students started the sock drive last year after approaching Sanctuary Youth Shelter with an idea for a service project. Staff mentioned socks as an item the shelter needs all year; with jackets and blankets being the focus of many donation drives, socks are often forgotten as a small item that can help keep someone…

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Fresno EOC Announces New CEO

Posted on Jan 03, 2020

The Board of Commissioners of Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission (Fresno EOC) announced today that it has named Emilia Reyes as the organization’s Chief Executive Officer, effective January 20. Reyes comes to Fresno EOC from First 5 Fresno County where she served as Executive Director. Fresno EOC Board Chair Linda Hayes said, “I am delighted to welcome Emilia Reyes as our new CEO. She is a proven leader, has a heart for those less fortunate, and strong connection to our…

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Marina Tristan is a Fresno EOC Early Head Start parent and has been with the program for three years. Recently a car accident left her car totaled and she had no transportation for her or her four kids. Early Head Start staff saw this single mother struggling to keep a job without a reliable car, while doing her best to take care of her family. After an Early Head Start staff member nominated the mother’s story for a car through the Wheels of Hope program, she was shocked to find out her…

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Governor Gavin Newsom recently signed 25 bills aimed at setting a path to reform California’s criminal justice system. The bills signed by the Governor will provide more opportunities for parolees throughout California to reenter their community after they are finished serving their sentences. LCC offers positive pathways to career and educational achievement for young adults, including those with a criminal background. Earlier this year Fresno EOC Local Conservation Corps (LCC) took a…

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The census only happens every 10 years and we need your help to get everyone counted in 2020. The data collected from the U.S. Census Bureau help determine how more than $675 billion in federal funds are distributed, number of congressional seats, and redistricting of all levels of government. These numbers can potentially affect federal funding for LIHEAP, Head Start, Medicaid, WIC, SNAP and other vital programs. This is why Fresno EOC and local organizations are engaged in 2020 Census…

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This winter students in SOUL’s Interact Club are seeking donations to provide basic necessities to homeless families. Donated items will be placed in backpacks and given to families in need. Want to help? Here are items you can donate: Shampoos and conditioners (small or travel sizes) Hand sanitizers, lotions, soaps (liquid or small bars), deodorants, wipes Menstrual products Toothbrush (individually wrapped), toothpaste, floss Mini first-aid kits, manicure sets, lip balms…

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What began as a pilot project with Fresno EOC Valley Apprenticeship Connections (VAC) and Habitat for Humanity continued as a partnership dedicated to uplifting communities and assisting homeowners. VAC students regularly volunteer with Habitat’s Act of Kindness program, aimed at providing minor beautification support to residents such as trash pickup, window washing, lawn mowing, painting etc. Students gain hands-on experience, meet local contractors and engage in revitalization projects…

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Blanche Hartman is a local artist and housing client with Fresno EOC Sanctuary Housing Program. It’s been almost a year since she’s moved into an apartment after being homeless on and off for years prior. Now living on her own, Blanche enjoys sharing pieces of her life through art and creative avenues. “Before this I didn’t have a place to stay and now even having my own room is a big step,” she said. “I feel blessed everything came together. I’m…

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Grandma Fern Cetin was recently honored by Sierra Unified School District Board of Trustees for her work as a volunteer. As a Foster Grandparent, Fern has been volunteering in the school district for 18 years and enjoys working with students in the classroom. “It’s very nice and I’m really surprised they decided to honor me,” Cetin said. “They think I am doing them a favor but they are really doing me a favor by allowing me to volunteer.” In December Grandma…

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Nia Hodge-Grier was formerly in the Employment and Training Services program as a youth. Now she is a local leader, working on the Inside Out Community Garden Project and inspiring others to beautify every aspect of their community. For Nia, Employment and Training was just the start. As a teen mom looking for work, the program taught her soft skills, like how to build a resume and communication techniques. Program staff were able to assist Nia with the costs of cosmetology school and provide…

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