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Join us for our Safe Place Dedication Ceremony at Selma Boys and Girls Club! We Stand Together to help all youth in need. Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.1800 Sheridan Street, Selma, CA 93662 Refreshments served following the dedication ceremony. RSVP to attend, it is a free event.  For more information, please contact Mark Armenta at marka@bgclubfc.org or (559) 318-9588. What is Safe Place? Safe Place is a youth outreach program that connects businesses and volunteers to…

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Editor Note: This is part of an ongoing series that highlights unique community partnerships that Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission (Fresno EOC) and its various programs have throughout Fresno County and the impact that these collaboratives have on peoples’ lives through the region. Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission (Fresno EOC) has many unique partnerships in the community. One program that has an incredible breadth and depth in its relationships in the community is Fresno…

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Safe Place Week is March 19-25

Posted on Mar 06, 2017

What is Safe Place? Safe Place is a youth outreach program that connects businesses and volunteers to provide immediate help and safety to youth facing abuse, neglect, bullying, serious family struggles, homelessness and more. The goal of Safe Place is to offer immediate help to any youth in crisis. As youth enter a designated Safe Place location and ask for help, trained volunteers connect them to appropriate assistance. Click for more information about Safe Place. Safe Place in FresnoIn…

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Making Spirits Bright 2016

Posted on Dec 03, 2016

Fresno EOC’s Sanctuary and Youth Services and its partners made spirits bright this year in Fresno for students at Lowell Elementary School in Fresno, CA. This marks the 23rd annual Making Spirits Bright event to spread holiday cheer to low income families by providing them with gifts, stockings, a festive meal, a Christmas tree, and an opportunity to visit and take photos with Santa. “Our committed staff and generous community partners work together to make an unforgettable…

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Making Spirits Bright Event Serves Needy Families for the 23nd Year! Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  What is Making Spirits Bright? Making Spirits Bright is an annual event coordinated by Fresno EOC Sanctuary and Youth Services and various partners that will provide holiday cheer for 30 low-income families, including over 150 children. The location changes annually as each year a new Fresno County elementary school is selected as the hosting site. Lowell…

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Congratulations to Joe Martinez! Fresno EOC Safe Place just wrapped up another successful National Safe Place Week, and Fresno EOC received some special news during National Safe Place Week. The National Safe Place Network based out of Louisville, KY informed us that our very own Joe Martinez, Fresno EOC Safe Place coordinator, was declared the longest serving Safe Place coordinator in the nation! He is the longest serving coordinator throughout the Safe Place program which operates in 37…

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To date, more than 330,000 youth nationwide have been helped at one of the nearly 20,000 Safe Place site locations or received counseling by phone as a result of the Safe Place program. Fresno EOC Sanctuary and Youth Services, in partnership with National Safe Place Network, operates the local Safe Place program maintaining 270 youth-friendly sites for youth ages 12-17 to access immediate help during a time of crisis. March 20-26th is National Safe Place Week which serves to educate the public…

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In partnership with National Safe Place Network, Fresno EOC Sanctuary and Youth Services will host community outreach events that promote the Safe Place program and recognize organizations and volunteers that stand together for the safety and well-being of runaway and homeless youth. Tuesday, March 15, 9 AM Hall of Records, 2281 Tulare Street, Fresno CACounty of Fresno Proclamation-Join the County of Fresno Board of Supervisors, Fresno EOC Sanctuary and Youth Services, and Safe Place…

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