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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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Winter Meals for Kids

Posted on Dec 09, 2019

Sometimes the only healthy meal a disadvantaged youth may consume is a free/reduced-price meal offered at school during the academic year. With winter break around the corner, Fresno EOC Food Services is getting ready to provide free meals to all kids ages 1-18. “We live the ‘agricultural capital of the world’,” says Jon Escobar, Fresno EOC Food Services Director. “It’s unacceptable that Fresno County Children are going hungry. The Winter Food Services…

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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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Volunteers & Donations needed to Help us Warm the Homeless! Volunteers are needed on Thursday, December 12 to help us distribute items to our homeless community members. Volunteers can arrive at 3:30 pm and will help distribute items to homeless at the from 4 – 6 pm.  Distribution Sites: Tower District - Neighborhood Thrift (Olive/Palm) Central Fresno - Cary Park (behind Fashion Fair Mall) To volunteer or for more info please call (559) 475-8157 or…

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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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A baby brings on the joys of being a parent, but for some teen parents it’s not always celebrated. Fresno EOC Adolescent Family Life Program (AFLP) understands the stigma and difficulties some teen parents face when having a child, and so AFLP took the initiative to help teen parents embrace a positive outlook on parenthood by celebrating its first biannual baby shower. “We are doing this because our youth don’t always have the opportunity or the income to have a baby shower…

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Celeste Cabrera-Garcia is a Fresno EOC Board Commissioner but also former Adolescent Family Life Program (AFLP) client and Head Start parent. She was first introduced to Fresno EOC as a teen mom at the age of 14 and with support from her case managers was encouraged to take on new opportunities leading her to where she is today. “At the time I was going through the wonders of becoming a parent but I also didn’t know much,” said Cabrera-Garcia. “AFLP taught me everything…

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Fresno EOC Valley Apprenticeship Connections (VAC) inspires people and transforms lives through its dedication to creating employment pathways for the Central Valley’s underserved adult populations. VAC believes all individuals should have access and opportunity to earn livable wages and a chance to advance their career. This empowers individuals to thrive as self-sufficient and contributing members of our community. Learn more about VAC’s past and current students by reading their…

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