Stories

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 for 2½ years and 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…

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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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Fresno EOC is currently accepting nominations for select seats on the Board of Commissioners. Fresno EOC is governed by a twenty-four-member Board of Commissioners. One-third of the board consists of public officials or their representatives, and one-third are members of business and community groups. The remainder must be democratically elected to represent low-income residents and groups. This year we are seeking nominations for four Community Representative seats and holding elections for…

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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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Fresno EOC Employment and Training expanded its program by adding new external worksites and serving more youth through their Summer Internship Program. The program expansion, with support from generous donors, allowed more youth to gain valuable work experience in high-demand fields. “Employment and Training Summer Internship Program expanded the number of paid internships provided while also expanding those served this summer through additional funding, said Jeff Davis, Employment and…

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In a city rich in both culture and produce but lacking in traditional economic investment, the idea to use an existing commercial kitchen, local ingredients, an authentic recipe, and the skills of community members was born. Residents in the city of San Joaquin, supported by Fresno EOC, are creating a new model for local economic development through salsa. “Fresno EOC is to helping build capacity for communities to build their own businesses,” said Craig Scharton, Project Consultant…

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Since the beginning of 2018, Students at SOUL have been enjoying the healthier options at the salad bar, along with new industrial food service equipment and the opportunity to learn how to prepare meals through their Culinary Arts class. This is all thanks to feedback from students and a grant ensuring SOUL has the resources to make food on-site. “The Kitchen Equipment Assistance Grant has allowed the SOUL to improve nutritional quality, serve healthier meals, expand participation…

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In just one year of pizza production, Fresno EOC Food Services was able to deliver 137,211 personal size pizzas to students in Fresno, Fowler and Firebaugh school districts, as well as local water parks. The project began as a partnership with a local business and created eight new positions. “By utilizing our existing resources and expertise in food and transportation services, we were able to use our capacity on a business accelerator project with a small business owner to meet a need…

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Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission (Fresno EOC) Transit Systems expanded services to Madera County in early July, through a 5-year agreement with the Madera County Board of Supervisors. Fresno EOC Transit Systems has previously only served Fresno County residents. These additional services will now provide transportation at low-cost to seniors, disabled, and low-income residents in unincorporated areas of Eastern Madera County. “Our Transit Systems with over 36 years of experience…

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