Almy Street Playground Dedicated!
On Tuesday, August 11th, excited children, community members, city officials and generous donors gathered in west Fresno for the dedication of Almy Street Playground. The playground became a reality when Habitat Fresno teamed with several community partners to give the neighborhood a new green space for children and adults
to gather and enjoy their community.
It took a lot of hard work and financial support to bring this park to life. $350,000 was raised for the park by individuals, groups and businesses. Wells Fargo, a long-time partner of Habitat Fresno, donated $120,000 to the project. Cargill Meat Solutions, a neighbor of the park, committed funding and agreed to maintain the park for the next three years.
A special thank you also goes out to Guarantee Real Estate, Guarantee Good Will Network, Darling International, Pacific Gas & Electric Co., Peter Bennett Family Foundation at the Fresno Regional Foundation for providing valuable funding to this amazing project.
We also want to acknowledge all of our freinds at Fresno City Hall for dedicating funding to improve the neighorhood streets and sidewalks over the next year, thank you! Mayor Ashley Swearengin said it best at the event, “The playground is going to be an incredible gift to this neighborhood for years
to come.” We agree with you Mayor Swearengin!
View the photo gallery of the dedication here.
Meet Our New Community Outreach Coordinator
We are very excited to welcome Suzie Rojas as our new Community Outreach Coordinator. Suzie comes to us with more than 15 years of non-profit experience. Most recently she was the agency relations and community organizer for the Community Food Bank. Prior to that role, she was the housing specialist and resident service coordinator for Self-Help Enterprises in Visalia. Both provided a great foundation for her new position at Fresno Habitat. While at the food bank, Suzie built relationships, increased awareness and helped expand their service into Tulare County. At Self-Help, she coordinated 26 multiple housing sites and 14 after-school programs across five counties.
When asked what she brings to Habitat Fresno, she enthusiastically replied, "My communication skills, my ability to easily establish relationships and my compassion for working with the underserved and with people from diverse cultures."
Suzie was born in Tulare County to farmworker parents and grew up in Idaho before returning to California. She earned her bachelor's degree in leadership studies from Fresno Pacific University. Suzie is married and has four children between the ages of 10 and 33. She enjoys photography, needlepoint and attending school activities with her younger children.
"I'm excited to be part of Habitat and to be working in the Fresno metro area communities," Suzie said. And we're excited to have her! To schedule a visit with your organization to learn more about the work of Habitat, click here and Suzie will be sure to give you a call.
A Few Important Mentions!
- On Saturday, July 11th, in partnership with the Granville Homes, City of Fresno, PacificGas and Electric Company, and the WISH program of the Federal Home Loan Bank in San Francisco, we dedicated the Chang Family home at our Hope Village Subdivision in Southeast Fresno. Xai and Chee Lor Chang have four children ages 3-10. It wasn’t long ago when they were living in a refugee camp in Thailand; now they have a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 2 car garage home that will soon have solar! They have contributed more than 500 hours of “sweat equity” on the house for their family, and their house payment will be less than their rent in a sub-standard apartment. Thank you to the kind people at Grocery Outlet for donating a $200 gift card to the family as well as stocking them up on great household supplies.
Check out the amazing photos from the dedication here.