Lowell (Fresno), CA
Food Banks / Distribution to the Needy
Crime Prevention / Policing / Neighbourhood Watch
Civic Freedoms / Active Citizenship
Referrals / Access to Needed Services / Documentation (e.g. for vulnerable populations)
Awareness & Prevention (especially among refugees, homeless, unemployed / impoverished youth, other vulnerable populations)
Marriages / Counselling
Parenting, Mothers / Fathers / Children
Domestic Abuse Support
Information Access & Utilization / Critical Thinking / Life Skills
Availability of Support Systems
Sense of Unity / Community
Mother / Baby
Significant Spiritual Conversations with Not-Yet Believers
Discovery Bible Studies (small groups studying Scripture with unchurched)
Individual / Family Level
Large Venue / Events
Mentorship, Discipleship, Bible Study (new and / or long-time Jesus followers)
Christ Followers with Other Believers Who are Learning to Obey Scriptures
Service & Leadership Development
Fellowships (self-identified groups who disciple others for the transformation of their communities, e.g. youth, men, women, children, couples, etc.)
United Community, Peacemaking, Cross-Sectoral Collaboration
Anti-Violence / Crime
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The needs of this community are too big for any one person or one group, so bringing people together is an important part of our work in Fresno.
Whether the residents of Fresno have recently moved in from Mexico or have lived there for generations, most people continue to struggle. They may not know the language or the culture. The presence of gangs creates a sense of fear or intimidation.
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INTEGRATED COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION
When we enter a community, we seek to relate to and understand the community through the eyes of Jesus. This includes pre-training and ongoing on-field research.
EVALUATE and ENGAGE
We repeat a collaborative cycle that aims to work alongside others in the community to identify and assess both needs and resources. Alongside the community, we encourage initiatives guided by a strategy and help implement them.
As transformation takes hold in a community our role changes. We avoid creating unhealthy dependencies and focus on what Jesus is doing within the community. This typically leads to expansion as transformation impacts surrounding communities.
Youth Ministry Camperships
Weekly Food Ministry/Distribution
Every Tuesday we provide a safe place to socialize, eat a hot lunch, find encouragement through prayer and a devotion and then choose
We partner with Bethany Inner City Church, First Chinese Baptist
Our desire is to meet physical, social and spiritual needs of individuals and families.
Fresno Youth Group Responds to Refugee Crisis
Bringing People Together in Fresno
While Nancy Donat’s keys have a tangible and practical purpose, for President & CEO Scott Olson, they are a symbol of what it looks like to bring people together on behalf of the oppressed.
The Beginning of a Beautiful Story - in Fresno, California
"I'm constantly looking for ways God is redeeming broken people and places to bring hope, life, and joy," says Nancy Donat, Community Transformation Coordinator in Fresno, CA. "I've seen it in the squatter areas of Manilla, and I'm seeing it now in the Lowell neighborhood in Fresno."