Vigil for Brother Rick

Please join us Wednesday, November 13 at 5:30pm. to honor and share memories of my street family member I was proud to call my brother, Rick Limas. Services will be across the street from the Sands Motel, which is at 1441 North Golden State, at Pine and Golden State.

I met Brother Rick back in 2016 when he first became homeless. He always would say a prayer over me, give me spiritual protection while out in the streets. When I met both Tom & Rick I had my own black alley I was going down. These 2 Angels appeared in my life and gave me Faith. So many stories and wisdom I can share about the both of them. But I cant see through the constant flow of tears.
This week has been one of my hardest. I didn’t have time to heal let alone breath. You see, you do not have to be blood to be family, your just family and that’s it. And that’s how my brothers were, My Family. They gave wisdom, protection, unconditional love, brotherly advice lol & would clothe and feed anyone cold or hungry even if it was their last piece of bread or only coat.

One of Brother Ricks wishes while homeless was for a drumming circle to come out to one of the feedings, He said ” My spirit needs it”, he would talk about the war and battles being fought out there in the streets at night and how so many souls are lost and need healing. He said “Sister, if no one will come , all I need is some wood and buck skin and I will make my own”. No one ever came and i never got that wood and buck skin.

I am asking for all brothers & sisters to come out and honor a warrior who took care of the Invisible people in the streets while he was unhoused andΒ  housed. He was a Warrior in so many other ways and deserves so much more. Please Share this, I’m hoping we get a drumming circle to honor our Native Brother and give him that wish he so deserved.

Vigil for Tower Tom November 8

We welcome the community to join us tonight for a vigil is being held for Thomas Pena, who called himself Tower Tom, Friday evening, November 8, 6:00 at the canal near Belmont and Fulton.

While he didn’t have a house, Tower District was his home. Tower Tom was not just any individual on the streets in the Tower District. He was every part of the Tower District. For over ten years that he resided in the Tower District Community, he cleaned the community by sweeping it with a handmade broom or a Dollar Tree broom or a leaf blower. He also picked up at least 50 needles a day trying to protect children from seeing them or pick them up accidentally. He did a lot for his community and he was targeted also.”

his vigil is also to raise awareness about our street family members who are out here; how many of them are true angels; how many of them truly care about our community; how many of them want to see our streets clean and drug free. He was that man. He was that man. He was somebody who cared about his house and his house was the Tower District.

Services for Baby Zar’ie

Please join Akifa, Denny, and Naszariah as they honor and say goodbye to Baby Zar’ie πŸ’œπŸ’›πŸ’œ

The family would like to keep the colors bright and ask no dark colors worn. She said, “It’s a celebration of the time we had with her.”

Services will be held at the First Congregational Church (The Big Red Church), 2131 North Van Ness, then we will be at Mountain View Celebration for graveside services.

The family would like you to join them back at the family would like to invite everyone back to the Big Red Church for repast.

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Rest In Heaven Baby Zar’ie

#babyzar’ie #homelesslivesmatter #restinheaven

Help Needed to Fund Services for Baby Zar’ie

We are raising money for memorial and funeral services for Baby Naszar’ie, which will be held on Friday, August 2, starting at 10am at The First Congregational Church (Big Red Church, 2131 North Van Ness Avenue). Your help is needed and welcome to meet our goal.

We are asking for you help to give Baby Zar’ie a proper burial. Her mother and father went through so much to try to keep their children safe, only to lose a precious Angel that they only got to be with for three months.

The community has been gracious and kind, so we are almost halfway to our goal.

To donate, go to our Go Fund Me page here or donate directly to Fresno Funeral Home.

Background:
Akifa and Denny, her parents, became homeless in October 2018 in Fresno, CA. She looked for help from a local shelter for youth (18-24). At this time she was three months pregnant with her second child. Her first daughter at the time was one year-old. Mother, father (disabled), and daughter were place in the shelter in the end of October 2018. In November 2018, she was asked to leave the shelter with her child. With no where to go she was sleeping on the streets of Fresno, on a waiting list for available housing.

During a storm, We Are Not Invisible found Akifa and child in the rain,  tucked into a sleeping bag trying to stay warm. We immediately took action and contacted the shelter that kicked her out and raised funds for a Motel room for her family until the shelter would have availability again. When she found out it might be a couple weeks, Akifa and her family was sent out of state to a friends in order to keep her daughter safe.  Akifa and family returned  back to Fresno when they received a voucher for an apartment. With the lack of low income housing in Fresno, the battle to find a place was very difficult. Meanwhile, Akifa had to be back on the streets while still waiting for an opening at the shelter. This went on for months, with many agencies and organizations trying to find shelter or permanent place for Akifa and family went unfound.

In March 2019, Akifa and family were taken to Fresno Rescue Mission for shelter. Here, the father was put in one shelter and mother and child in another.

April 3, 2019 Akifa had a C-section with her second child. Five days after birth, Akifa was sent back to the shelter with both babies. 
During their stay, they were asked to leave at 8 am and not return until 7 pm. This left Akifa once again in the streets with now two children.
We Are Not Invisible asked for Akifa to be able to rest due to a high risk surgery as the doctor’s orders stated that she required six to eight weeks bed rest. 
This request was not accepted and Akifa had to continuously leave everyday to struggle with the pain of surgery, feed and keep warm two children as she would walk the streets of Fresno waiting for 7 p.m. to come.
April 24, 2019  Akifa was walking downtown Fresno, after being told to leave the shelter for the day, when she collapsed. The ambulance was called and Akifa was rushed to the hospital. The hospital found that Akifa had blood clots in her lungs and was close to dying. This was found to be the result of her walking everyday with a one year-old and a three week-old (by this time), a car seat, stroller and two bags with clothes and food for the kids. 
May 1, 2019, Akifa was released from the hospital. The shelter where she had been staying stated she could return, but she was only allowed one child. Akifa reached out to friends for help again. One shelter had given a week voucher at a motel. She made a choice to let friends take care of the children until she was allowed back into the shelter or found an apartment.
June 18, 2019, the youth shelter called and had the family room open. Akifa and family went to the shelter. During her stay at the shelter, she became concerned about the unsanitary situation and having to leave the shelter in this heat; 100  degrees plus. She was told these concerns would be addressed. No one returned calls or allowed her to stay indoors with the children. 
July 13, 2019,  11 a.m. Akifa was finally transported to a motel.
July 14, 2019, 8:30 a.m. Akifa woke to her baby cold. She immediately called 911 and preformed CPR until the Ambulance arrived.
The EMT & Hospital tried to bring Baby Zar’ie back.
8:45 a.m. Baby Zar’ie was pronounced deceased.

I am asking for you help to give Baby Zar’ie a proper burial. This mother and father went through so much to try to keep their children safe, only to lose a precious Angel that they only got to be with for three months.

Naszar’ie Maray Butler
Sunrise – April 3 2019
Sunset – July 14 2019

Funeral services for J.D.

We Are Not Invisible Foundation will be holding a funeral service for J.D.
Saturday, January 20, 2018, 10:00 a.m.
at Belmont Memorial Park, 201 N Teilman Ave.

J.D. was found dead where he slept on January 18, 2017. Currently, there are no leads into the investigation into his death.After one year, we are honored to finally lay our kind soul, J.D. to rest. The funeral is open to the community and we welcome all to come and pay their respects to J.D.For more information, email info@wanif.org.

See the Abc30 news story, “Homelesss man murdered nearly a year ago finally getting proper burial”

A life that has touched the
hearts of other lives on forever
Matthew 25:23

 

Belmont Memorial Park, where our kind soul J.D. will be laid to rest