July 30, 2020

“This place where you are right now, God circled on a map for you.” - Hafiz

I first heard this quote in 2010 while I was in college, during a time when I was preparing for and dreaming of becoming an international missionary.  However, instead of some far-off land, God...

May 28, 2020

In mid-March, so much of life felt like it came to a screeching halt in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.  As a society, so many things have changed.  For Care Fresno, after school programs ceased with the Fresno shelter-in-place order, as did our Mission Care cla...

December 10, 2019

“Do you have time for some fun?”  This is a question that one of my girls has been asking me recently when she sees me around the neighborhood and at after school program.  She wants to spend time with me without the focus being on homework or academic activities. I’ve...

July 16, 2019

June 16-20 was our annual Care Camp, where we brought 64 youth from the communities where we run neighborhood programs to Calvin Crest in Oakhurst for 5 days of fun camp activities!  Youth played games, made crafts, went hiking and boating, ate great food, made s’mores...

May 2, 2019

When this school year finishes next month, I will have completed working at an after school program for 10 consecutive years, 5 of those years with Care Fresno.  I’ve learned a lot, but after 10 years, I still struggle when it comes to disciplining kids and there are c...

March 25, 2019

The other day during recreation time at after school program, we brought out frisbees.  One of my third grade girls had never played with a frisbee before. We stood a few feet away and I tossed her the frisbee...and she caught it with her nose.  I rushed over to make s...

December 6, 2018

One day last week, the room where my Care Club after school program meets was not available. My roommates and I decided to invite our kids to our apartment for a makeshift program day.  On that rainy day, we served hot chocolate and one of our new volunteers brought a...

September 10, 2018

August 24-26 was the Mission Care Fall Retreat for our residents and staff.  Throughout the weekend, current and previous residents shared with the new and returning residents from their own journey with Care Fresno.  Here is part of what I shared with the team regardi...

July 25, 2018

Constant noise and loud activity are a regular part of my Care Fresno experience.  My thin apartment walls allow conversations from the surrounding apartments to wander into mine, along with noise from traffic and passerbyers outside.  From my apartment, I often hear h...

May 17, 2018

On April 28, each of our 7 sites was able to invite 4 kids to the Fresno Chaffee Zoo for an incentive field trip.  The 4 boys I brought were fascinated by the reptile house we visited first.  They moved from display to display, pressing their noses against the glass....

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