Stories

Since 2002, Fresno EOC Streets Saints has worked to restore Fresno to a safe and healthy community by empowering and supporting leadership opportunities for youth. With their work of improving and rebuilding community, Street Saints took on the task of reaching hard-to-count Black communities with grassroots outreach. “This is a pivotal moment for our city, state, and communities,” Veronica Wilson, Administrative & Development Coordinator said. “We have been charged to…

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When Angela Her heard about Fresno EOC Free Medi-Cal Dental Youth Services her family didn’t have a dental care provider and she wasn’t sure how her family would qualify for services. Now Her’s son is learning the importance of dental hygiene while making regular visits to the dentist. “My son brushes his teeth and we floss together,” said Her. “My son let’s me brush the back teeth for him. I tell him I have to help because the sugar bug is back there…

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photo: Martha Zarate, Fresno EOC Rural Tobacco Education Program coordinator, talking to media via video chat about the new ban. On May 20, 2019, the City of Firebaugh became the first city in the San Joaquin Valley to pass a law that bans smoking and vaping tobacco and cannabis in multi-unit housing (MUH) complexes. This new law affects all multi-family buildings with two or more attached units including duplexes, apartments, condominiums, senior and assisted living and long-term…

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The California Tobacco Control Program (CTCP) in the California Department of Public Health announced on Monday, January 13, that Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission (Fresno EOC) Rural Tobacco Education Program (RTEP) will receive $1.1 million in funding over five years, beginning July 1, 2020. The priority for this new grant term is building on the momentum of current tobacco control efforts to reach populations that are still underserved and disproportionately impacted by the harmful…

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Fresno EOC Announces New CEO

Posted on Jan 03, 2020

The Board of Commissioners of Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission (Fresno EOC) announced today that it has named Emilia Reyes as the organization’s Chief Executive Officer, effective January 20. Reyes comes to Fresno EOC from First 5 Fresno County where she served as Executive Director. Fresno EOC Board Chair Linda Hayes said, “I am delighted to welcome Emilia Reyes as our new CEO. She is a proven leader, has a heart for those less fortunate, and strong connection to our…

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The census only happens every 10 years and we need your help to get everyone counted in 2020. The data collected from the U.S. Census Bureau help determine how more than $675 billion in federal funds are distributed, number of congressional seats, and redistricting of all levels of government. These numbers can potentially affect federal funding for LIHEAP, Head Start, Medicaid, WIC, SNAP and other vital programs. This is why Fresno EOC and local organizations are engaged in 2020 Census…

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What began as a pilot project with Fresno EOC Valley Apprenticeship Connections (VAC) and Habitat for Humanity continued as a partnership dedicated to uplifting communities and assisting homeowners. VAC students regularly volunteer with Habitat’s Act of Kindness program, aimed at providing minor beautification support to residents such as trash pickup, window washing, lawn mowing, painting etc. Students gain hands-on experience, meet local contractors and engage in revitalization projects…

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Blanche Hartman is a local artist and housing client with Fresno EOC Sanctuary Housing Program. It’s been almost a year since she’s moved into an apartment after being homeless on and off for years prior. Now living on her own, Blanche enjoys sharing pieces of her life through art and creative avenues. “Before this I didn’t have a place to stay and now even having my own room is a big step,” she said. “I feel blessed everything came together. I’m…

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Volunteers & Donations needed to Help us Warm the Homeless! Volunteers are needed on Thursday, December 12 to help us distribute items to our homeless community members. Volunteers can arrive at 3:30 pm and will help distribute items to homeless at the from 4 – 6 pm.  Distribution Sites: Tower District - Neighborhood Thrift (Olive/Palm) Central Fresno - Cary Park (behind Fashion Fair Mall) To volunteer or for more info please call (559) 475-8157 or…

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Nia Hodge-Grier was formerly in the Employment and Training Services program as a youth. Now she is a local leader, working on the Inside Out Community Garden Project and inspiring others to beautify every aspect of their community. For Nia, Employment and Training was just the start. As a teen mom looking for work, the program taught her soft skills, like how to build a resume and communication techniques. Program staff were able to assist Nia with the costs of cosmetology school and provide…

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