One of the things we love doing as a team is taking kids from the Care Fresno organization to places that they may not have been before or otherwise have the opportunity to visit. Care Fresno provides daily after-school tutoring, mentoring, and sports programs for at-risk youth. Enlisting the help of local churches, the Care Fresno team uses the theory of urban missions, turning apartments in high-crime areas into safer places to live. The churches do not just simply adopt a neighborhood, but they actually move Christian Leaders into these communities to serve and live alongside those they're mentoring. As an incentive for the kids to do well in school, the Thiesen Dueker Staff, joined forces with Care Fresno's leaders and chaperoned around 60 kids, ages 4-14 years old, on a trip to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk for their 2021 trip. We got to share a day of rides, sand, food, drinks, and lots of smiles!
Our first trip with the Care Fresno kids was spent in Disneyland in 2011. What an awesome experience to see the faces on these kids as they encounter the happiest place on earth for the first time! In 2012, we took 50 kids to Santa Cruz. Ever since, we have continued to take kids from Care Fresno to Santa Cruz. Every year, our team gets the opportunity to watch these kids put their feet in the ocean for the first time, ride a ride for the first time, and enjoy an experience they will never forget! We want to think that we have blessed these kids, but we can’t help but feel blessed ourselves. To become acquainted and build relationships with them is rewarding.
For more information on Care Fresno, please visit http://www.carefresno.org/