Beating Poverty

Asset-Based Approach We are focused on using a strengths-based, asset-oriented approach to people and issues.  We believe that positive change occurs when we appreciate, value and invest in what is best in our people and community. The word “poverty” is defined as the state or condition of having little or no money, goods, or means […]


Interdependence. What does it mean? John Muir explains, “”When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” As we keep learning in Fresno, a negative act can trigger a cycle of deterioration. Research shows that if you don’t fix broken windows, clean up litter, or […]

Why the Community Values?

Over a dozen years ago in assessing where we were as a community it appeared that despite a lot of well-meaning effort the problems that had plagued Fresno for decades were not getting better, if anything they were getting worse.  There was agreement that lots of efforts were underway but they operated too often in […]