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33 minutes | Jul 5, 2018
Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Health Deborah Agajanian
“Stress is on digestion is off”, states Deborah Agajanian. Deborah is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. Healthy digestion is what makes up a body. How a person interacts with their food, is Deborah’s business. What is Nutritional Therapy Nutritional Therapy is the evaluation and correction of nutritional excesses and/or deficiencies. The nutritional therapist advises clients how to restore nutritional balance and evaluates their progress as they work toward that goal. Digestion What we digest is what makes up our body or cells. Our western digest of highly processed foods and high sugar content is destroying our gut. Inflammation sets in and digestion stops. Many people don’t know how bad they feel until they stop ingesting what makes them sick. Here are some suggestions to think about: Sit down when you eat Stop drinking soda Start drinking water Depending on your body and its function, Deborah states that each person’s chemistry dictates what they should and shouldn’t eat. Healthy digestion is one part of the puzzle that makes up a healthy body, mind, and soul. Contact Deborah to set up your free 30-minute consultation.
33 minutes | Jun 28, 2018
Fresno Interdenominational Refugee Ministries Firm Zachary Darrah
Fresno Interdenominational Refugee Ministries or F.I.R.M.’s mission is to share Christ’s love while building communities of hope with new Americans. Zachary D. Darrah Zachary Darrah is the executive director for F.I.R.M. He states that Fresno provides a wonderful place for refugees fleeing their countries. They find Fresno’s low cost of living very appealing to families. Many of the communities they serve are Southeast Asian, Ukrainian, and Slovik, African, and Syrians. The Southeast Asian communities generally consist of Hmong, Laotian, Cambodian, and Vietnamese. Many Lao Hmong war refugees resettled in the US following the North Vietnamese invasion of Laos and Laotian Civil War during the Vietnam War. They provide rich culture and add diversity to the area. This happens to be the biggest refugee population in the Fresno area. Not as big as the Hmong community, Zachary describes the other programs such as the African, Syrian and Ukrainian. The war in Syria has displaced half of the population or 12 million. Fresno is a secondary resettlement area. Once a refugee has been admitted into the United States they are free to move where they like. Fresno can be up to a quarter of the price for housing, hence the influx of recent Syrians. Community Gardens F.I.R.M has 5 gardens in the surrounding area. These gardens are essential for these new families, explains Zachary. These gardens can serve up to 100 gardeners. 3 gardens are for the southeast Asians, 1 for the Ukrainians, and 1 for the African community. Mental health plays a huge role in the refugee community, having clean and traditional food, is one aspect. Volunteers Volunteers are crucial for the work of F.I.R.M. Zachary explains that without the 1,000 volunteers annually, they couldn’t provide the necessary amenities for the refugees. Their administration building is very old and through the work of donations and volunteers, they were able to have new paint and flooring throughout.
41 minutes | Jun 21, 2018
Gang Rehabilitation Fresno Hope Now for Youth
Hope Now For Youth Rev. Roger Minassian started Hope Now for Youth in Fresno at the end of April of 1992. Roger just had ended a 4-day prayer session asking God for direction. During this time Roger met with three local gang members. He remembers one vividly. This young man was 14 years old and lived with his grandmother. Roger asked him about his parents. His mother was a heroin addict and his father was getting out of jail, from a one-year prison term. He also added that his stepmother was raped and murdered by his father’s brother his uncle. After this conversation, as Roger was driving home, he started to cry. Crying was something that Roger rarely did. So much so he had to pull his car off the road and ask God why. Roger realized he was furious that he gets to watch, through his life, that these gang members are wasting away. Soon after Hope Now for Youth was established. The requirements for the clients: . 16-24 years old . Been in Gangs . Incarcerated . High School Drop OutIn 1992 there were 87 homicides in the city of Fresno. Mostly these homicides were gang-related. Hope now in 2018 Pastor Bryce Naylor is the Executive Director and explains how their program works. Bryce states that when one life changes it has an immediate effect on six others. That is not including the future generations. He explains that the men who enter their doors are men who have been rejected by society, gang members, and drug addicts. They have also been told by their families and friends that you can’t change and don’t even try. At this time 185 gangs exist in the city of Fresno. So their program is much needed. Hope Now for Youth is a Christ-based program, but they don’t force anyone solely down that road. Their mission is to find these men jobs. Their program lasts 3 weeks. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for 3.5 hours they meet to work with counselors, staff and their colleagues to help overcome their daily challenges. Pastor Bryce explains that they need help with donated bikes, cars and odd jobs. An odd job is, someone from the community has work to do around the house, they can call to have their client come and gain work experience. They only ask that they pay minimum wage and work at least 3 hours. Pastor explains the difference between dirty money and clean money. Clean money is money earned honestly and dirty money is what they’re used to making. There’s a feeling of accomplishment when honest money is made. Their number one graduate from 1994 is still employed by the hospital that hired him back in 1994. Hope Now for Youth is making the changes inside this Fresno community. They always need help and look forward to helping the less fortunate.
27 minutes | Jun 14, 2018
Social Enterprise Fresno MCC Thrift on Blackstone
MCC Thrift on Blackstone is Fresno’s latest Social Enterprise. Their motto reads “Redeeming Lives and Neighbors.” They are sponsored by F.A.C.E another non-profit here in Fresno that is helping the unemployment rate. MCC Thrift on Blackstone Thrift on Blackstone is the latest Social Enterprise here in the city. Fresno City leads the nation in this style of business. What is a social enterprise you may be asking? Not only is it a for-profit business, it has a mission, specifically one of helping people and the environment. The unemployment rate here in Fresno County is usually double the national average. With these types of businesses, they specialize in helping people that have barriers to employment. If you have been convicted of a felony or have been incarcerated generally its hard to find work. MCC Thrift on Blackstone not only hires these people but also provides valuable skills needed in the world. Who is MCC Thrift on Blackstone Mennonite Central Committee works around the world. They specialize in relief, development, and peace in the name of Christ. Nate Yoder explains That the MCC has been in places such as the Congo and Syria recently. Their crisis response operations generally include food, shelter, blankets and water access. they help to develop wells for clean water and teaching the latest in farming technics to rural farmers. They talk about how they formed a soccer league in Haiti where rival gangs competed against each other. This gave them the opportunity to teach peacebuilding skills and how to develop anger management skills. MCC Thrift in North America Nate and Ilone tell us that there are over 100 MCC Thrift stores in Canada and the US. Few are on the West Coast. Fresno is only one of three. The other two are located in Reedley and Rancho Cucamonga. Ione is the store manager and designed the store to really look more like an Urban Outfitters than an ordinary thrift shop. When one walks inside they are greeted by reclaimed barn wood with old farm tools being repurposed into decorations. She explains that the theme of the store is to give dignity to people when they are shopping. When one donates their items, they can rest assured that they will be treated with the utmost compassion. The location is 6687 N. Blackstone in Fresno. Ilone tells us that just because the store looks retail, the prices are those of thrift store. Don’t let looks fool you. Give to a store that gives back to society at large.
23 minutes | Jun 7, 2018
Notice This FACE
F.A.C.E.‘s mission is to address the needs of struggling families living primarily in the Robinson neighborhood and to mobilize and equip people for community transformation. Loren Dubberke talks with us about how his organization is changing the landscape in his community.
28 minutes | May 31, 2018
Food Service Army in Fresno
Morgan Terry is the director of the Fresno Economic Opportunity Commision. Morgan explains that 8,000 to 12,000 meals get served to people around Fresno County. Why sitting in a bread basket do 1 out of 3 kids have food insecurity. We discuss the kids that live off Motel Drive and how a converted bus will provide the needed assistance.
46 minutes | May 24, 2018
Return to the Fresno Rescue Mission
In this week’s show, I return to the Fresno Rescue Mission. I sit down with Pastor Rob and Chaplin Jay. We have a discussion about the state of homelessness in the city of Fresno. Do you know that there are about 600 homeless on the streets every night? Do you also know that there are resources available for these 600 people? So why are they out in the elements? The reason might surprise you. Have a look at the website of Realchangefresno.org.
41 minutes | May 16, 2018
Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo Co
In this week’s show, we have on Grace McIntosh of the non-profit Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo Co. Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County is a nonprofit agency that focuses on helping people and changing lives through serving nearly 40,000 persons across Central and Southern California. We are committed to eliminating poverty by empowering individuals and families to achieve economic self-sufficiency and self-determination through a comprehensive array of community-based programs. Follow them on their page.
31 minutes | May 9, 2018
Morro Bay Community Resource Connections Sharon O’Leary
Sharon O’Leary is the director of Morro Bay’s Community Resource Connection. Sharon talks about the challenges of the area. She loves to find common cause between the different organizations. If you ever visit the central coast of California, know that Sharon and her team are taking care of business.
29 minutes | May 2, 2018
What’s Cooking Fresno
In today’s show, I return to the Fresno Metro Ministry. The Fresno Metro Ministry has many projects to better Fresno and the surrounding communities. I speak with Kelsey McVey who is the project lead for What’s Cooking Fresno. This incubator is designed to help those who want to go through and into the culinary arts.
18 minutes | Apr 26, 2018
Introduction to The Angels of the Light Podcast
In this week's show, I introduce the Angels of the Light Podcast. Co-hosts Lisa Casarez and Vikki Luna share their mission weekly. Lisa is the founder of the nonprofit Angels of Grace Foster Family agency and Vikki is the founder of The Lighthouse a women's recovery program. As Lisa says it best, "I save the babies and Vikki saves the mommies." Their chemistry and faith in God is the support that is needed today. This is a show produced by In Touch Media Group. Please give them a listen you can find their show on their website and on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and TuneIn Radio.
44 minutes | Apr 18, 2018
In this week's show, we have on Damon Thomas co-founder of the non-profit Learn Steam. Their mission is to educate children who might not have resources available to them. Damon and his team of mentors, provide a fun place to learn the arts of the future. From learning how to write code to drawing online, these kids get to explore their creative side.
28 minutes | Apr 11, 2018
Hands in the Community
In this week's show, I have on Lester Moon Executive Director of Hands in the Community and one of the three founders of AMP Ministries. Lester explains how 1,100 volunteers help out low-income, children, families, disabled, at-risk youth, and elderly. They are taking their ministry from the four walls of the church into the community.
30 minutes | Apr 5, 2018
In this week's show I have on Laneesha Senegal. Her nonprofit HOPE offers children the opportunity that they might otherwise not have. Laneesha talks about her early challenges raising her siblings and the children she had early on in her life. All that doesn't stop her from helping others. Her grand mission of Vision View is a business incubator for all those with grand ideas. Enjoy.
34 minutes | Mar 28, 2018
In this week's show I have on Meng Lee. I met Meng when I was visiting Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central California. Meng also volunteers at Learn Steam. Meng talks about how he went from being unconscious to living conscious. He describe himself at one time not a very pleasant person. Now with smile at hand he is helping children get all the support they need.
30 minutes | Mar 22, 2018
In this week's show I sit down with Wende Ayers Executive Director of Able Industries. Able Industries is provides job placement for mentally and physically disabled people. Wende discusses how the community involvement is key to the success of the client of Able. Like them on Facebook.
37 minutes | Mar 15, 2018
In this week's show I speak with Pastor Tom Sims. He is the founder of 4141 Ministries and Build A Child. Tom discusses the community he is serving and explains its challenges and obstacles. With their Build A Child program they are turning children into leaders. Follow their Facebook page. Here is more information on their programs and community.
36 minutes | Feb 28, 2018
Sisterhood of Grace
This week's show has an incredible story of transformation. Ruthann Bailey Miller founder of Sisterhood of Grace in Visalia Ca talks of her life experience and how she's using it to help others. She uses her life as a bridge to help women incarcerated and after. Please tune in and join the conversation.
32 minutes | Feb 21, 2018
Tree of Life Cafe
In this week's show, we talk to Carolyn Ocheltree. Carolyn and her husband Steve are the owners of the Tree of Life Cafe. This is a true social enterprise. She employs people that have graduated from drug and alcohol programs. You are greeted with a warm environment and friendly faces upon entering the cafe. Discover the local food and an out of town experience. Please follow them here.
27 minutes | Feb 15, 2018
In this week's show, we have on Melissa Howell. Melissa has a story of loss, abuse, transformation and love. This is the first she shares her life. Many people haven't found their way out. Melissa did and she will tell us all about it. Sit back and enjoy her life.
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