Poverello House volunteers are continually there for those struggling to find food and shelter. Because they believe in the dignity of every person. It's their mission. Working to enrich the lives and spirits of all who pass their way.
And they're able to do that because of the resources provided through community support. It's because of donors, like Granville Homes, that Poverello is able to feed the hungry.
"With the economy the way it's been for so many years, we find more and more people slipping through the gaps. They just don't have enough to get through the day, to get through the week, to get through the month."
Dozens line up for breakfast. By the end of the morning, dozens will have had a solid meal. By the end of the day, sometimes it's hundreds. Thanks to the hard work of volunteers.
"The effort that we have to put in there is not just like a regular meal at home, but over here, it's to make it, to make them feel wanted."
"Everybody has a story. Sometimes you see the same people and you want to help them. I don't know what all we can do, but at least we can give them a hot meal."
Many have found temporary shelter in "The Mike McGarvin Jr. Village of Hope," built in collaboration with the city of Fresno in 2004. A second village was built in 2007 called the "Community of Hope." on the 29th, the grand prize drawing for the "Granville Home of Hope" will be held. And while the Poverello House is incredibly grateful to Granville Homes for its generosity, a lot of the credit goes to the community.
Since the Granville Home of Hope's inception in 2006, over $2-million has been raised to help local non-profit organizations.
"It takes this whole community to help this non-profit run. For the Granville Foundation, it's significant to us. It's our biggest fundraiser a year."