A Brief History:
El Dorado Park is the neighborhood located immediately south of Wesley. It is an ethnically diverse, vibrant community, made up of low-income families. It is approximately 30 acres with mostly multi-family residential apartments. In the 1970′s this neighborhood of mostly apartments was home to many low-income Southeast Asian refugees, mostly Hmong. Stone Soup, a ministry to serve these neighbors, grew out of Wesley and became an independent non-profit organization. Wesley has partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of Fresno County to serve the needs of the many children in El Dorado Park. In addition, the Boys and Girls Club is located on the Wesley campus.
The El Dorado Park Ministry is dedicated to building bridges between members of the congregation, residents of the neighborhood, and other stakeholders in order to share knowledge about current issues and concerns in our local neighborhood. We join together to take action and connect resources for the greater overall community health. Some of the issues being addressed are public safety, health and wellness, and youth recreation. This group also works to improve communication between neighborhood residents and the City of Fresno, the Fresno Police Department, and elected representatives. The El Dorado Park Ministry Committee works with the El Dorado Park Community Development Corporation, Stone Soup, Fresno State Humanics Program, Wolters Elementary School, the City of Fresno, the Boys and Girls Club of Fresno County and El Dorado Park residents and property owners. For more information, contact Jackie Holmes.
Base Camp: Each Thursday evening starting at 5:30 p.m., we serve a free, simple, nutritious meal that is prepared and served to 75 to 100 people, both Wesley folks and neighbors. This is not a “feeding program” as much as an opportunity to share food and friendship. For information on volunteering to help with meal preparation or cleaning up, or on donating food/fruit/produce, contact Christie Sartor.
Food Pantry: For many years, Wesley has distributed bags of non-perishable groceries and household items to our neighbors in need. Many families rely on these bags to see them through to the end of the month. Wesley members are encouraged to assemble a sack and bring it on the first Sunday of the month, leaving it in the grocery cart in the entry to the sanctuary. Empty paper grocery sacks with the item list attached are available on Sundays. Those who don’t want to assemble a whole sack are encouraged to bring items for the sacks (i.e. tuna cans, peanut butter, etc.) and put them in the grocery cart, or to make a financial donation to the Food Pantry. Paula Belden and Barb Bray coordinate assembling sacks from these kind and monetary donations. For more information, or to coordinate a donation, email Paula Belden. For the list of items, click here.
Other Assistance: Here is a list of other assistance programs and places that offer help with food, rent, utilities, etc.