Join us in making a difference for the homeless in Fresno! We Are Not Invisible has started the Safe Camp Project- an effort to provide a safe lot of land for those who are homeless to camp until they can find permanent housing.
The Safe Camp provides a tent, bedding, and other living essentials for each resident on the property. The camp also provides a kitchen area and food, bathrooms, sinks, laundry basins, and other hygiene amenities, as well as security.
We have different ways that you can support We Are Not Invisible, such as our GoFundMe campaign and Amazon Wishlist, and more information here.
Clovis Power has also teamed up with us to support our goal of starting a new safe camp on private property and providing the needed supplies. For every new account they receive, they will donation $100 to We Are Not Invisible for the Safe Camp:
We decided to donate $100 for every new solar account before my birthday. One was a little late, but we decided to round up… they are doing wonderful work, with little to resources… I will share a link for anyone that may want to reach out and help. This camp did not exist 2 weeks ago, and it is clean, organized, and safe.
Contact Clovis on Facebook here.
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I would like to start sharing my story now about my experience with homelessness, what I did to survive & how hard I tried to make my homelessness Invisible to the people around me. I’ll be doing short stories periodically.
This is March 2016
At this time I was offered a room in a back garage that was being converted into a small studio. I was already attending CMAC (Community Media Access Collaborative). How I got in is another story lol.
I was always hungry & always asking staff for food or their leftovers from lunch. One day Cesar (staff) walked in from lunch carrying a lunch bag. “I’m hungry, what we got today” I asked. “I’m sorry, it’s all gone, I was just tossing out trash” cesar said.
My stomach was like “Damnnnnnn”
I said Hangry “what do I need to do to get some food”
Cesar response “you have all the tools you need here, make a food show, then you will always eat”.
That’s exactly what I did.
I wrote my proposal for the show & got the approval to do it.
I was nervous because I needed a team to be able to put it together.
Anita (a lady at cmac & my angel) helped me on my last show UGM (that story another time) but that was at the studio. This was going to be on location. Anita and I grabbed 2 cameras & mics then walked down Fulton street and asked restaurants if we could film a food show. I asked for 4 different entrees of their best plates and we would taste test it and film as we ate and gave our opinions on food.
You see, this would benefit both of us. They would get a show on TV and I would get food to take with me.
Problem solved 👍🏼.
I named the TV show “Fresno Eatz”
I got a big crew to help me out and we then went out to local community owned restaurants and filmed the show.
We all ate good🤗.
This photo was at one location in Tower district. As you see, I look far from “homeless”. I would get ready in the bathroom at CMAC. I would get my hair and make up done by a friend at CMAC & dress the “I’m not homeless” part to stay Invisible about my homelessness.
I did this because, if someone knew I was homeless, they would treat me differently, so I would hide it as best as I could. Doing that drained me. Why couldn’t I just be me?
Why couldn’t I just be an individual that needed help.
When people started to find out, they would ask me if I were a drug addict or alcoholic. I responded “No”. That’s when they assumed I wanted to be homeless. 😓
That’s why I started interviewing our street families so the community can understand who we are and why we became homeless.
That’s how “Fresno Eatz” tv show started & how I was able to get food to survive.
Thank you CMAC for not throwing me out when you found me hiding out in your building. Thank you Cesar for sitting and teaching me the skills I needed. Thank you CMAC crew for all their hard work on set. Thank you Anita, you did so much and was my rock during my toughest times. Thank you Myisha for making me look good 🤗 hair & makeup.
Thank you Michael for helping me escape my homeless reality. He is another Angel that helped me through my tough times.
Trying to survive homelessness in Fresno Ca is very hard. Trying to hide & fake your not homeless is exhausting.
Never judge a book by its cover.
We are Homeless
We are Human
We are Not Invisible
#fresnoeatz #homelessinfresno #homelesslivesmatter #tvshow #shoplocal #supportlocal #howisurvivedhunger
Water is Life.
And it’s a huge need for our street family. Without adequate, regular access to water, our street family deal with lack of proper hydration. Summer can be an especially dangerous time, with increase risks of heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and other dehydration related health problems.
We need partnerships, starting this spring time, with community members to provide water to our street family. Plan with your church, group, or family and friends to raise donations of water or donate financially directly to We Are Not Invisible.
Fill out our interest form if you would like to get involved in Project H2O
Donate towards water here (let us know the donation is for water)
What is it like to be homeless in Fresno? We Are Not Invisible Director Desiree Martinez shares years of footage on the realities of homelessness in this short documentary.