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Meet the SOS Team

Posted on May 22, 2017

Sanctuary Outreach to the Streets (SOS) is a mobile team searching for runaway, homeless and street youth seven nights a week. The team is comprised of three dedicated Outreach Workers who are supported by student interns from California State University, Fresno Social Work Department. SOS team conducts searches in areas where most people do not consider places meant for human habitation including freeway underpasses and abandoned buildings. Once a youth is located, the SOS team provides youth…

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Youth Resource Fair

Posted on Apr 27, 2017

Join us Thursday, May 18 from 3:30-6 pm for a youth resource fair and visit local agencies providing housing, employment, education, and health information for youth up to age 20. Free food and drinks, entertainment, and hygiene supplies (while supplies last). Youth can participate in a raffle by visiting each agency booth that attends.  Questions? Call (559) 498-8543 ext. 206/237 or email sos@fresnoeoc.org Download Flyer

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  Fresno EOC Sanctuary and Youth Services is taking the lead on the homeless youth count for the Fresno and Madera Annual Homeless Point-in-Time Count. What is the Homeless Point-in-Time Count? The 2017 Point-in-Time (PIT) count will help identify the housing and service needs of the homeless population in our community. This three-day effort will assist in the national goal of ending homelessness. When is the Point-in-Time Count? January 24 - 26, 2017 Who counts the…

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Warming the Homeless

Posted on Dec 08, 2016

Volunteers & Donations needed to Help us Warm the Homeless! Volunteers are needed on Thursday, December 22 to help us distribute items to homeless youth and chronically homeless adults. There is a Volunteer Orientation at 2 pm at the Sanctuary Drop-In Center (2336 Calaveras Street, Fresno 93721). After the orientation, volunteers will head to one of the three sites to distribute items to homeless at the Community Distribution from 3 – 6 pm.  Three Distribution Sites: Tower…

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SOS Saved!

Posted on Oct 07, 2016

SOS project has been saved! Fresno EOC Sanctuary and Youth Services program has received funding for the next three years and can expand their street outreach services. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families has awarded Fresno EOC $200,000 to serve runaway, homeless and street youth for the first project year. Sanctuary Outreach to the Streets (SOS) team will continue to provide street-based supportive service, outreach, and education to youth…

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In August, Sanctuary SOS recognized some of our SOS clients that have successfully transitioned from homelessness to housing! Here’s a few youth that shared they story about what it means to them to have stable housing.   “I was able to be moved from homelessness by being accepted into transitional housing. I worked hard to get where I am today. I came from Spirit of Women and I am continuously making progress to create a brighter future for me and my daughter, who is now 2…

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Hi my name is Alexius Thomas and I want to give Fresno EOC Sanctuary and Youth Services a huge shout-out for allowing me to be part of the Street Outreach program for the past 6 weeks. I entered the PG&E program through the Boys and Girls Club and out of 300 students was one of the chosen ones. I enjoy working here because it gives me knowledge of what is happening with homeless and runaway youth. I’ve been given the opportunity to commute throughout Fresno to meet youth and supply…

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SaveSOS

Posted on Nov 24, 2015

We are excited to share this amazing segment that aired last night on CBS47 Fresno ! Thank you for doing such a great job on telling the Sanctuary Outreach to the Streets story.?#‎ SaveSOS?  ?#‎ FresnoEOC? Here's SOS Program Manager, Joe Martinez, sharing our story   Click to watch the segment 

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Thousands of children are reported missing in Fresno County each year. Most of these end up in the streets where they are subject to sexual exploitation, violence and the elements. The Sanctuary Outreach to the Streets (SOS) program brings these youth hope. Hope that they will get off the streets and become contributing members of society. The SOS team provides warm clothes, food and information on safe housing. Without continued funding, the SOS program will shut down at the end of…

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The following was written by Dion, a participant in our Sanctuary Outreach to the Streets program. At the end of my senior year in high school my first child was born. I was not graduating with my class and I did not have a job. At this time, I was living with my children’s mother and her family. During my time I was living with the family of my children’s mother I was not doing anything productive in my life. As days went by all I was doing was drinking and smoking my life away…

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