Volunteers and Gifts needed for toy drive!


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Toys and Joys for Girls and Boys

Join the 20 day challenge to collect enough toys to provide for all of the homeless children living on Motel Drive.

We are collecting toys that will be given to homeless children that Desiree has encountered on Motel Drive.




What we need:

Businesses, churches, and other locations to serve as drop off locations

Donations of toys for children of all ages 0-18
Note: Often, children ages 0-3 and 13-17 are overlooked. We need gifts for those ages as well. Here are suggestions for gifts for children of these ages-
0-3: Educational stuffed animals, educational books, educational games, training juice cups, blankets, socks, hygiene kits, playmats.
13-17: Movie tickets, headphones, cologne. perfume, mp3 player, boardgames, hair dryer/curling iron, hygiene kits, gift cards,

You are welcome donated money towards gifts by sending money via Paypal

Volunteers to help wrap gifts  and help deliver toys.


For more information, please email homelessinfresno@gmail.com or call 559-898-2551

  last year’s event:


Founder Desiree’s Story

Founder Desiree Martinez’s Story

…and why We Are Not Invisible was founded.

Hello,  I am Desiree.  On July 11, 2016, I moved into a permanent place I could finally call home. Prior to that I was homeless. I went from my car to a shelter back to my car and was also allowed to stay at friends from time to time. This went on for a year and half. I was not on alcohol or drugs. My homelessness happened due to the lack of funds I receive from SSD (disability). I was put on SSD in 2010 when my spinal cord was severed and I had a spinal fusion.

I had been very depressed and had suicidal thoughts. I found an organization (media school) in my city that allowed me to be there from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. everyday.

This was my safe haven and I was able to keep my mind off my life out there and focus on positive things. While at the media school, I learned how to edit, film, and create shows. I began to use the school and what I learned to get by making shows or interviews for the Fresno community.  I also started Fresno Eatz, a food show, in order to get free food. This helped me, so I wanted to help others out there and use the tools to raise awareness  and help end hunger in our community.

While being homeless, I found that many churches and organizations did not help. I found myself calling everyday for shelter and food. The only answer I would get was “We do not have any funding available right now, I can give you another number you can try.” Local food banks were so far from each other that I never have bus fare to go get food. I am on SSDI and in California we do not receive any type of food allowance such as SNAP. It was very depressing, not only not having a permanent place, but also not having any food to eat.

When I finally got into a room I could barely afford ( my rent is 95% of my check), I continued to go out and raise awareness on the lack of funding and help we have in the field for  our forgotten part of the community. I used the skills I learned at the media school and social media to reach out to the community and get more people involved with our less fortunate.

I started to hand out water because that was all I could afford ($2.50 case) and the lack of access to water throughout our community streets was an urgent necessity. That is now a yearly project called Project H2O.

During my time out everyday, I found more and more items needed in order to just survive everyday out in the streets, We started a hygiene drive, coat drive, and blanket drive. This has now turned into Project Share The Warmth, which runs through our cold winter months.

On April 9, 2017, I completed 365 days, every day, in the field with the street families.  I would go out everyday, regardless of weather, to hand out water, food, hygiene kits or just go out to communicate and just hang out with our less fortunate.

It’s not always about the food. It’s about communication and rehumanizing our chronically homeless and helping our less fortunate.

Please take a moment and  view our short documentary on We are not Invisible.

We are Not Invisible  is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Benefit Concert and Art Show for WANI

A night of original music and songs from Tom Petty’s Wildflower album.
Musicians include:
Hazey Autumn with original music
Allen Goyne and Ruth Kehler
Terry Barnes
Chris Seitz
Curtis Buettner
and more
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.

Tom Petty (4)

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