Thanksgiving with the homeless

Juliana Alcala and Alexis Mooksavanh

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With the holidays coming up, it is important to keep in mind that the homeless population has increased in the Fresno community. As of August, the homeless population in Fresno is 1572. I believe it is important for everyone in the Fresno community to do their part. Many homeless shelters and community food banks usually need volunteers and/or donations whether it be food, clothes, or blankets. There are countless ways people can help; below is a list of places where you can volunteer your time and/or send in donations.

The Poverello House: The Poverello house is a homeless shelter in Fresno that serves over 1600 meals a day. You do not need to be over 18 to volunteer here, but you must have an adult with you if you are under 18. You also must do a volunteer orientation. To volunteer, call (559) 498-6988.
You can also donate to Poverello house at https://www.poverellohouse.org/get-involved/donate.

Fresno Rescue Mission: Fresno Rescue Mission is also a homeless shelter. You can apply to volunteer at the Fresno Rescue Mission here: http://fresnorm.org/get-involved/volunteer-application/
You can also donate money for them to serve Thanksgiving dinners at $1.76 a plate at http://fresnorm.org/ways-to-give/

Evangel Home for Women and Children: Although they do not have anything specific for Thanksgiving, you can volunteer at Evangel home for Women and Children at (559)264-4714 extension 15. You can donate to this shelter as well at https://secure-q.net/Donations/EvangelHome/10271

Marjaree Mason Center: Home for Battered Women and Children: Although they do not have a lot of volunteering options, you can donate to Marjaree Mason Center at https://mmcenter.org/partner-with-us/donate.

Community Food Bank of Fresno: The Community Food Bank of Fresno often has food drives and distributes food. You can volunteer for them at
https://ctk.apricot.info/document/edit/id/new/form_id/11 then call the volunteer manager at 5592373663 extension 106. Community Food Bank of Fresno will also be hosting a turkey trot at Woodward park to raise money for the homeless.

The Bridge EV Church: They often host food drives to volunteer call: (559) 226-4100.

Mountain View Community Church: They host food drives twice a month. To volunteer or donate, call: (559) 291 9199.

It’s also important to remember these people are homeless all year long, not just during the holidays. There is never a wrong time to volunteer or donate.

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