Mission: Believing in the dignity of every person, at Poverello House, we work to enrich the lives and spirits of all who pass our way by stewarding the resources made available to us through Providential and community support.
Target demographics: homeless, low income, hungry, poor & destitute of Fresno, migrant farm workers, children, families, disabled and anyone in need of a helping hand.
Geographic areas served: Central Valley & Fresno County.
Programs: Hot Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, sack lunches to area schools through Every Neighborhood Partnership program, showers, laundry service, clothing distribution, free medical and dental care through the Holy Cross Clinic, emergency food bags, mail service, referrals, men's residential rehabilitation program, court ordered community service for adults 18 and older, individual, group, student, church & business volunteering, overnight shelter for women 18 and older through Naomi's House, women & children services through the Holy Cross Center for Women and Children, temporary shelter for men & women over the age of 18 through the Mike McGarvin Village of Hope & the Community of Hope, and finally, free spay and neuter program for homeless dogs through Hope Animal Foundation.
I have been volunteering at Poverello House for 5 years. All of the staff and residents work very hard and have a great attitude. I volunteer twice a month and I always feel better after working there. They provide a great service to the community and I appreciate the fact that they are there.
Excellent Non-Profit run by people who truly care for the homeless in our community. The facility is clean and organized, the volunteer coordinator easily accessible and friendly and there are always snacks for volunteers! My first visit to the Poverello House came when my now 24 year old son was in 7th grade. He came home questioning why he was not allowed to have $100 tennis shoes like the other boys at school. Instead of going into a long explanation about needs and wants, his dad and I planned a trip to the Poverello House. After making lunches, cleaning, breaking down boxes, and serving the clients, our son had a better appreciation for the privileges he already had. On the way home from our volunteer Saturday he asked the question, "There are homeless kids in Fresno?" He didn't get the $100 tennis shoes and never asked for them again.