The mission of We Are Not Invisible Foundation is to respond to the needs of our chronically homeless, bridge the communication gap  between the fortunate and less fortunate community, and address local homelessness issues. Part of our mission is to end hunger and fight to end homelessness & help prevent it.

We Are Not Invisible Foundation is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization that helps provide for the needs of those who are homeless in Fresno, including advocacy, provision of food and water, living supplies, transportation, and other needs, and helps as a bridge between the homeless and the greater community through outreach partnerships as well as multimedia communications to the community.

 

WANIF has been working in the community for over two years. In this time, WANIF has

  • Assisted five homeless individuals with obtaining housing vouchers  and provided temporary housing or other services that made it possible for them 
  • to secure housing.
  • Partnered with local businesses, organizations, and volunteers to do food outreach three times a week and do potlucks once a month for the homeless community.
  • Partnered with those in the community to provide seasonal needs, such as water and warm living essentials.
  • Created video media and a thriving social media presence to share the stories of the homeless community and educate the larger community on the realities of the homeless community in Fresno.
  • Hosted vigils and services for the street family members we have lost.
  • Advocated publicly in partnership with other human rights advocates and with the homeless community themselves.

WANIF serves the street families through:

  • Spending time with our street family continually, and being community together
  • Listening and sharing their stories on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, and other social media.
  • Partnering with other homeless advocacy groups to seek justice for our street family.
  • Facilitating health food donations and delicious, healthy home cooked meals and snacks to our street families. Food outreach are done  Wednesdays from 8:00am-2:00pm
  • Providing warm items during cold months through Project Share The Warmth every Thursday from 7:00pm-12:00am
  • Partnering with local businesses and groups to do monthly potlucks with our street families
  • Providing water through Project H20
  • Providing hygiene kits with toothbrushes, toothpaste, body soap, dry shampoo, deodorant, and feminine supplies through Project Dignity
  • Facilitating and distributing  living essentials, such as clothing, bedding, hygiene products, and more, and conducting drives to collect needed supplies.
  • Providing other services, such as transportation, to help our street family members survive and escape homelessness
  • Providing information on local resources that provide laundry washing, showers,  counseling classes for mental illness in Fresno County, and other needs.
  • Developing and investing in  relationships and community.

We Are Not Invisible Foundation provides our homeless community and those at risk of becoming homeless with:

We Are Not Invisible Foundation also serves as a bridge of communication, understanding, and partnership between the street families and the larger community.

 

Read  Founder, and formerly homeless person, Desiree Martinez’ story

…and how We Are Not Invisible Foundation was started.