During a tour of our Hacienda Campus for Women and Children in Fresno, a young mother glowed with pride as she welcomed us in to see her new apartment. Her obvious appreciation of her one bedroom unit underscored its warmth. It had come to her complete with furnishings, decorations and a secure environment—thanks to the Adopt a Room project.
The Adopt a Room project was created to turn the units of our transitional program into homes. Most of the women moving into the homes are graduates of our Fresno First substance abuse program and have worked diligently to obtain employment. The project has been vital to these women, as many own nothing but their clothes when they transition into housing.
Fortunately Fresno County is full of people with big hearts who believe it’s important for the women and their children to have a warm and inviting place to live as they move forward in their new healthy life-style! The community embraced the project and the campus became a hive of decorating activity as more and more groups and individuals got involved. To date, rooms have been adopted by Fresno County Women Lawyers, EVS Home Staging, Fresno Women’s Medical Group, The Newman Club, United Way’s Women’s Initiative group, the Bessners, and two anonymous donors.
The project continues to flourish: We’re pleased to announce that Mental Health Systems has been awarded a HUD grant to expand to our transitional housing services at the Hacienda. The HUD funding will provide an additional 8 one-bedroom and 8 studio units for women and children in need. If you are interested in becoming involved, there is no shortage of rooms to adopt and lives to improve.
For more details Contact
David Calandra, MFT
Vice President Central Valley Region
Telephone: 559-264-7521 x 2001
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