Our Impact


Resident of the Year: Miguel Torres

Miguel is working tirelessly for a strong foundation.

  Miguel Torres is the father of Breanna, age 14; Michael, age 13; Alex, age 9; Alynna, age 7; and Aryanna, age 3. Miguel, along with his wife Esmeralda Torres, raise their children with love for each other and respect for their community. Miguel married Esmeralda at a young age and devoted his...
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Resident of the Year: Esmeralda Torres

Esmeralda understands the importance of community.

  Esmeralda Torres is a caring and giving person. Quickly after moving into Parc Grove Commons, she volunteered her time to assist students in the homework lab and chaperone children during afternoon  snack distribution. Esmeralda is faithful in attending the many workshops provided by Fresno Housing Resident Services. She often invites family members and friends to participate...
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Determination and Perseverance: Larry Collins

Larry sees the opportunity.

  Larry Collins was one of the first residents to move in when Renaissance at Santa Clara first opened in November 2012.  After being homeless for 15 years, moving into Renaissance was a huge accomplishment.  
While getting settled, Larry wanted to make sure he did his part to keep Renaissance a vibrant community. He...
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Determination and Perseverance: Trina Fane

Trina is working towards a brighter future.

  Trina Fane is a direct support professional and has been employed with Bethesda Lutheran Communities since July 2013.  She obtained employment after receiving Section 8 assistance from Fresno Housing Authority. Trina provides care to six adults in a residential home. She cooks for them, helps them clean their apartment rooms, takes them to appointments,...
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Academic Excellence: Joey Fuentes

Joey has come a long way.

  Joey Fuentes grew up in the small town of Selma, California. He went to school and did what most kids his age would do, but at the age of 14, he started experimenting with illegal drugs. He began to hang around with the wrong crowd and became involved in the gang lifestyle.  Joey’s...
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Career Advancement: Leonard Ramirez

Leonard is a hard worker.

  Leonard, a Fresno resident, holds two full-time jobs while supporting his family. His job as a security guard in a fast-growing company began in January 2014. As time progressed, he gained respect from his superiors for his strong reliability and dedicated work ethic. He was promoted to Loss Prevention Specialist, which came with an increase in...
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Academic Excellence: Cynthia Barragan

Cynthia Barragan has a very busy schedule

The eldest daughter in the Barragan family, Cynthia balances attending high school, taking additional courses in the afternoon at Fresno City College, helping her two younger sisters with their homework, and assisting other Parc Grove residents in an after-school homework assistance program. And she is only 15 years...
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Academic Excellence: Angelica Bahena, Juan Esquivel, and Family

The Bahena-Esquivel Family is building a future around scholastic achievement

Angelica Bahena and Juan Esquivel’s eldest son, 18-year-old Juan Jr., graduated high school in May with a 3.8 GPA and multiple honors, including the Ronald Reagan Presidential Leadership Award, President Obama’s Volunteer Service Award, and three scholarships. Juan’s younger brother Alejandro attends Fort Miller Middle...
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Career Advancement: Christine Lilly

Chrissy Lilly is a true community leader

From the very early days at Renaissance at Santa Clara, Chrissy Lilly has risen to become a true community leader. Always willing to lend a helping hand to staff or fellow residents, Chrissy has also focused on the hard work it takes to maintain her sobriety. Chrissy has...
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Determination and Perseverance: Priscilla Ruiz

Priscilla Ruiz has a can-do attitude with a focus on education

As a single mother with five children, Priscilla Ruiz has a busy schedule. She juggles work in retail and involvement in her children’s schooling, exhibiting a firm dedication to securing her family’s future. And now she’s working to help other families, too. In May...
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Determination and Perseverance: Daniel Sandoval

Daniel Sandoval shares hope

Daniel Sandoval was one of the first residents at Renaissance at Trinity when the doors opened in August 2011. More accustomed to the loose and open environment of living on the streets with others, Daniel was new to this type of housing situation and initially experienced some difficulty adjusting to living...
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Home Ownership: Rosa Maria Moya

Rosa Maria Moya for Home Ownership

For 12 years, Rosa Maria Moya lived in the Laton Apartments, part of the public housing network owned and operated by Fresno Housing Authority. The Laton property is a close community where people know each other, and many are deeply involved with local schools and churches. She has worked steadily in customer service at JC...
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