What we do
Fresno EOC Street Saints treats every member of the Fresno community as if they were family. Learn more here.
Take a look at our many projects helping to restore Fresno to a safe and healthy community.
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About Fresno EOC Street Saints
What We Do
We promote safe and healthy communities by strengthening families and encouraging leadership within Fresno.
Fresno EOC Street Saints treats every member of the Fresno community as if they were family; mentoring and sharing in experiences to unlock the full potential of that community member. Street Saints, along with community partners have developed programs for youth to build resiliency, promoting healthy choices in education, social situations, family and employment. Also offering programs for young adults designed to empower and train area residents to become community leaders.
How We Do It
Though social interactions and collaborative partnerships we provide:
- Gang Prevention and Intervention
- Youth Programs
- Leadership Training
- Community Development
- Employment and Training
- Resource Referrals
In a defining moment when a double homicide turned into a triple within one week, seven men of faith made a 20-year commitment to rebuilding their community. Beginning with money from their own pockets, these men opened their door to children after school, and through time, attention and planning – “The Fresno Street Saints” was created in 2002.
To restore Fresno to a safe and healthy community. This is accomplished by making new connections between programs and people, while restoring the families and neighborhoods to health and safety. Fresno Street Saints is changing the way business is conducted in the community – holding itself and others to a higher level of accountability and impact.
Meet the New Fresno EOC Street Saints Leadership
Nicole Hutchings | Administrative and Development Coordinator
Nicole Hutchings was born and raised in the Central Valley. As a mother of three children, one of whom was born premature, she is very passionate about the Preterm Birth Initiative (PTBi-CA) and the African-American infant mortality rate. Nicole served on the Steering Committee and the African-American Parent Advisory Group for Fresno County from 2016 to 2019 and currently sits on the Steering Committee of the Best Babies Zone and the Community Advisory Board for PTBi-CA.
Nicole began volunteering with Fresno EOC Street Saints in 2014 and was brought on the team as a Community Connector in 2016. Before her role now, Nicole was an Out of School Time Supervisor, serving as an integral part of the Summer Enrichment Program and out of school activities for youth.
Joby Jones | Program Coordinator
Joby Jones’ experience growing up in West Fresno and time as a gang member inspired him to provide mentoring and support to local youth, including his family members. Joby was once shot eight times and had to relearn how to walk while being partially paralyzed. This instance and the murder of his little brother inspired Joby to leave his previous lifestyle and help others do the same. Joby started his journey with Fresno EOC Street Saints as a volunteer eight years ago and was brought on staff in 2012. For six years, Joby has led and been actively involved in gun violence reduction strategies in Fresno. He is a licensed minister and an ordained pastor, and in 2014, Joby founded Stop the Violence-Fresno, an organization dedicated to ending gun violence.
More recently, he has worked alongside Fresno Police Department and led the PAL Boxing program hosted at Hinton Community Center. Joby was previously a school site supervisor for the Fresno EOC Street Saints on-site programs, including Fresno Unified schools such as Gaston, Edison, Roosevelt, Tehipite, and Scandanavian.
More than 200 youth at Roosevelt High School and Gaston Middle School participate in the Game Time program, which works with student athletes and parents to instill the qualifications needed to be successful in high school and pursue a college education. As a whole, because of the program, GPAs increased for the student athletes involved, with average GPAs being: volleyball 3.69, cheer 3.6, golf 3.1, cross country 2.95, and football 2.89.
Summer Youth Employment Readiness and Leadership Development
Project supervisors, featuring guest speakers from FUSD, 4-H Fresno County, local elected officials and community leaders, and other Fresno EOC programs, will coordinate youth-led projects and activities surrounding health, nutrition, safety, public speaking, computer science, and technology to better equip youth in under-served communities to cope and navigate in this covid-19 era.
Community Liaison Mentoring and Safe Passages
Through a partnership with Fresno Unified School District, the Community Liaison and Safe Passages program escorts youth through unsafe areas while walking to and from surrounding school sites. Liaison mentors are also stationed on school campuses to provide additional mentoring services and diffuse conflicts. Fresno Street Saints partners with Gaston Middle School, Tehipite Middle School, Scandinavian Middle School, Edison High School, Roosevelt High School, and Early Learning Center.