We Are Not Invisible was invited to be part of a panel on homelessness hosted by Gaonoucci Vang of Fresno State University during Fall 2020. Learn more about the realities of homelessness in resno
Please check out the article the Fresno Bee ran on the new safe camp and all that Dez does to create safe places for our street family members! Please feel free to visit the post below that will direct you to our volunteer page if you would like to join us on this mission.
One of our volunteers has drafted a letter that we would like to present to our city and county leadership as a statement of community support for the safe camp that Dez has set up under her organization, We Are Not Invisible. The safe camp is a place where unhoused individuals can come for safety, security, food and shelter. They work together to keep the camp clean and agree to follow basic community guidelines. It has been a great experience for those involved and Fresno County definitely needs to plan to set up more of these spaces! Please click on the following link and add your name to the hundreds of others who have already added their name in support of more safe camps for our homeless individuals. We have set a goal of at least 1,000 signatures and we need your help to reach that goal. Thank you for your willingness to support our unhoused friends and family in Fresno County!
Click here: https://forms.gle/5QiAVxeKf2gpgTCD6
There is a lot going on at We Are Not Invisible. We would love for you to join us in the work being done to assist unhoused individuals. There are many areas and ways that you can help. Please follow the link below to find a survey that you can fill out to let us know how you would like to help. Once the survey is completed we will contact you for next steps. Thank you all very much for your continued interest and support in the work of We Are Not Invisible!
The following link will take you to the survey: https://forms.gle/PHPzX98yqsPnjQhW9
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.
A night of original music and songs from Tom Petty’s Wildflower album.
Hazey Autumn with original music
Allen Goyne and Ruth Kehler
There is also an art show, including the Tom Petty murals to sign, by Brandi Nuse-Villegas from 2-8pm.
There is no charge, but we are asking for donations to benefit We Are Not Invisible/ Homeless In Fresno, a local 501 c (3) organization committed to partnering with our street family. Tom Petty was a long time supporter of homeless organizations like Midnight Mission and I’m excited to support our local street family and organization that I love with music from a band I love.
Check, cash, and cards accepted.
Donations are tax deductible.
In addition to monetary donations, we welcome donations of supplies for our street family, including socks, hygiene products, sleeping bags, water, etc. Go to WANIF.com for more information and to donate online.
Provide Warmth To Our Homeless
During the cold winter months, our street family need help staying warm without shelter. There are two ways you can help share the warmth:
Come join us for Share the Warmth every Thursday, 6:00pm-9:30pm
Volunteers are needed to help prepare hot cocoa and other items for the night and to go out and share the warmth through friendship and sharing!
We also need volunteers to make a hot soup or stew each week!
The amount we need would be the equivalent of a 10 gallon Igloo container or large posole pot. This would be how much we generally need to feed the number of street family we serve these evenings. Note: If you would like to donate prepared meals, you must be able to bring the items between 6-7pm to WANIF. WANIF is not available beforehand to pick up meals.
You can literally envelope our family members in warmth by donating clothing and bedding! Are you part of a group, like a church, student or service group, club, or other organization? Help us by raising donations as a group!
Items needed include coats, socks, hats/caps, warm gloves, thermals, sweatpants, sleeping bags, tarps, pet warmers, and hygiene items. Food and beverages, as well, are needed, such as sandwiches, travel bags of coffee, tea, cocoa. and soups.
**Any used clothing items MUST be cleaned and in good condition. Donors must also be able to drop off donations, as WANI is not able to do donation pick-ups. We are not accepting children’s clothing.**
Everything will go directly to our street family.
If you are interested in getting involved, please contact volunteer Brandi Nuse-Villegas at 559-305-2617 or email email@example.com or send a message on our Facebook page, We Are Not Invisible.