RELATIONSHIP-BASED MINISTRIES AND PROGRAMS
The end goal of all of our programs is to develop long-term, life changing relationships between healthy, adult role-models and at-risk youth and families. We believe that no matter how well planned or well funded programs may be, it is only with consistent, long-term role models that youth and families escape poverty.
ASSET-BASED COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
Within our churches, businesses and neighborhoods (including low-income areas), there exist within each person and entity the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to bring transformation to the lives of others. Our goal, regardless of external funding, is to help bridge these resources and assets together to develop healthy communities.
The development of leaders from within a community is paramount for community change. Whether students or adults, developing indigenous leaders is of utmost importance.
LOCAL MISSIONS & CHURCH PARTNERSHIPS
In addition to indigenous leaders, we believe in mobilizing external leaders to move into urban neighborhoods, creating solidarity with the poor and ministering wholistically to their neighbors.
The Care Fresno Process first involves meeting Care Fresno families and at-risk youth through neighborhood programs. Secondly, we connect youth to mentors through our mentoring program. Finally, we strive to help youth establish a lifestyle of serving and leading their communities and beyond.
Urban Residency or Apprentice Program
Mission Care is a year-long urban discipleship program. Young leaders can come and mature in their faith as they learn to live their lives fully devoted to the Kingdom of God!
Participants of the Residency program move into diverse, low-income neighborhoods, loving their neighbors through wholistic ministries such as after-school tutoring, sports, mentoring, Bible studies and more. Participants of the Apprentice program serve in the same ways without moving into Care Fresno designated apartments.
Care Fresno's mentoring program is designed to connect youth from Care Fresno neighborhoods to caring and qualified mentors. Mentors and Mentees meet 4 hours per month for a year to foster development in:
Mentoring is shown to have many benefits for a child or teen's current and future school, career, personal, relational, and spiritual choices. All youth ages 7 - 18 who are enrolled in Care Fresno programs are eligible to be mentored.
This program has been organically developing over recent years and we have seen a great impact made and youth's lives changed. As the need for youth prevention and interventions in the city of Fresno increases, we recognize how important mentorship is in the lives of the youth we serve.