How to Help Refugees In Fresno

Friends, a neighborhood just up the street from our church building is experiencing major problems. They have not had gas in several weeks and so cannot cook, clean, or heat their homes. The majority of the residents there are refugees from Southeast Asia. Several local ministries have set up emergency facilities to help this community and they need staffing help.

Here is a new story about the situation:

Mayor Swearengin to declare emergency at apartment complex without gas, hot water

You can help by volunteering several hours to help prepare and/or serve food, and also clean up.

FIRM- Fresno Interdenominational Refugee Ministries is leading the effort along with some of the disaster teams from the local Baptist Association.

Check out the FIRM Website or their Facebook page.

The info below is from their Facebook page.

FIRM is located at 1940 N. Fresno Ave, Fresno CA 93703

The kitchen is located behind the apartment complex on the north side of Weldon. See the map below.

Here are the daily shifts where help is needed.

9-11am prep for lunch
12-1pm distribute and serve meals
1-3pm clean up after lunch

2-4pm prep for dinner
5-6pm distribute and serve meals
6-8pm clean up after dinner

All volunteers need to be 16 and over.

To sign up for a time slot, e-mail MaiChai at