Stories

Grandparent Meso Beta, 72, continues taking on new adventures and challenges. In 1980, Beta came to the United States from the Democratic of the Congo in hopes of finding a better life for his wife and children. His story is like many immigrants, but his hardships of providing for his family make his experience as a Foster Grandparent far more fulfilling. Beta retired in 2011 and since then has found excitement in serving his community. He assists in the classroom daily and faces every new…

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The Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) volunteers were provided a luncheon on October 31, 2016 provided by East Fresno Kiwanis Club. The East Fresno Kiwanis Club is one part of Kiwanis International, a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one community and one child at a time. The East Fresno Kiwanis Club performs many community service projects in Fresno to help serve children. The East Fresno Kiwanis Club has provided this luncheon for the Foster Grandparent…

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  August's Foster Grandparent Program In-Service Training at the West Fresno Family Resource Center was particularly exciting. We had more than 50 Foster Grandparent volunteers and approximately 20 seniors from the West Fresno Family Resource Center attend the in-service and informational session regarding our Foster Grandparent Program. Participants heard a presentation from Dr. Nicholette King Rabetsimba, pharmacist and professor. Dr. King Rabetsimba answered questions regarding…

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Foster Grandparent Program Volunteers participated in the 14th Annual Back to School Health Fair at the West Fresno Family Resource Center. Foster Grandparent Program Volunteers are pictured here with Dr. Joaquin Arambula, Assembly Member, District 31. Foster Grandparent Volunteers foster a healthy, unified and productive community by enhancing the literacy and social-emotional development of underserved children and teens through cultivation of personalized mentoring relationships with wise…

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On Wednesday, April 13th, two of our programs were recognized for their dedication to the Fresno community at the 48th Annual Hands Across the Valley Volunteer of the Year Awards luncheon. The Making Spirits Bright committee, which is led and was nominated by Fresno EOC Sanctuary & Youth Services, won the Outstanding Corporate/Business Volunteer of the Year Award. Making Spirits Bright has been spreading holiday cheer to local low-income elementary school students and their families for 22…

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The Fresno EOC. Foster Grandparent Programs held its year end recognition luncheon at the Wedgewood Banquet Center on Thursday, December. 4 The event acknowledged the hard work and dedication provided by so many generous individuals. All volunteers were recognized from new enrollees to those who have provided an outstanding 22 years of service volunteering 15 hours or more per week. In total, the volunteers accounted for over 70,000 service hours annually mentoring children and young adults in…

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Working with the Fresno EOC Foster Grandparents Program has been a very good learning experience in my life.  This experience is changing my life day by day in the way to see, to analyze things, situations before coming to the conclusion of any situation that I am facing in my personal life: at home, my relationship with my family, grandchildren, etc.  My experience at the Local Conservation Corps (LCC) helps me to build and improve my communication with people around me, not only with…

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