Four hours into a late night visit to the Reedley Hospital emergency room, a doctor told Elvira and her family the news. "I already knew I was pregnant but I just didn't tell anybody." The pain that had brought the 14-year-old to the hospital was due to her pregnancy, a condition that she had not shared with her family until that moment. Elvira’s mother didn’t take it well. "She was really upset with me. She told me the worst things." Elvira decided to move in with her…

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[Photo Above: Michael Reyna, left, with other REEL Pride Board Members in front of Tower Theatre in Fresno.]  [Photo Right: Michael Reyna in front of Tower Theatre in Fresno.] This year, 2018, marks a first for the LGBTQ community, it is the first time that we have a representative from an LGBTQ organization serving on the Fresno EOC board. The Fresno EOC Board is comprised of representatives from 3 different sectors. Commissioners can be directly elected from their target area, they can…

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On Tuesday, March 20, 2018, Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission continued its longstanding tradition of engaging diverse partners by hosting the Be Free 9th Annual Central Valley Conference on Human Trafficking. The event was held at the Veterans Memorial District, located in Clovis. Keynote speaker, Russell G. Wilson, an anti-trafficking expert, consultant and researcher, inspired the audience with a theme of “Restoring Hope” and provided an insightful look at how victims face…

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Women Lead at Fresno EOC

Posted on Mar 07, 2018

(Photo from left: Angie Isaak, Linda Hayes, Debbie Darden, and Deanna Mathies)   After more than 30 years, Fresno EOC once again has a woman serving as Board Chair. Linda Hayes was elected to the role by her peers to serve in this leadership capacity for 2018. Hayes is the second woman to be elected for chair and the first African American woman in the role. This year also brought us another first, all board leadership positions are held by women. Alongside Hayes are 3 other women…

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