Education in Action
Students make connection between housing and crime
Over a two-day period in the first week of November, criminal justice studentsfrom State Center Community College District’s Madera Campus donated more than 12 hours each to help ReStore prepare for the holiday season. The students cleaned and stocked new inventory and helped with some much needed projects such as painting our outdoor shelving racks. The team of students also visited our Santa Ana (Clovis) site to see firsthand how Habitat’s homebuilding effort changes families’ lives. As a requirement of the criminal justice program, students must commit to a community service project aimed at community-oriented policing and problem solving.They determined that helping to build homes in partnership with low-income families is a powerful way to help reduce long-term crime trends so volunteering for Habitat for Humanity Fresno County made perfect sense
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Faith in Action
Holy Spirit Catholic Church provides a helping hand
The vision of every Habitat affiliate is to live in a world where everyone has a decent place to live. To achieve that goal, we put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope. This is indeed a vision worth championing!
Holy Spirit Catholic Church shares our vision. This long-time Habitat Fresno supporter generously donated more than $5,000 to help fund the construction of the Hernandez’s home, which will be located in Hope Village in southeast Fresno. The family of four was selected after an extensive search for ten new partner families to live in our new growth area. Currently, the Hernandez family lives an area notable for gang violence and drug trafficking. We look forward to helping to build a safe place for the Hernandez parents and their two children to grow and thrive.
Mike Maxwell of Holy Spirit Catholic Church Parish Outreach says of their donation, "Our mission is to be a spirit-filled community of love…we are called to nurture spiritual growth, to build our lives on the gospel values and to reach out to the poor and hurting. Our partnership with Habitat for Humanity and the Hernandez family is a natural fit to our values and spiritual calling."
Making a difference in the City of Orange Cove
With the strong support of Wells Fargo Bank who awarded Habitat Fresno $200,000 through its Priority Market Program and the United States Department of Agriculture, we were able to successfully launch our home building effort in rural Fresno County. To celebrate that newly established partnership, we recently hosted our first house-warming event to welcome the Nugaray, Perez, and Cardona families to their new homes in the Monte Vista subdivision in the City of Orange Cove. These three families also benefited from the support of Pacific Gas and Electric Company who donated funds to install solar panels on their homes, thereby reducing overall energy costs.
We would also like to thank the City of Orange Cove, the Orange Cove Chamber of Commerce, several of the local churches, and Gar Tootilian for joining our effort to bring decent and affordable homeownership to Orange Cove.