Sacred Streets Explosion

Sacred Streets homelessness training blew up. Ten times larger than the last one. Imagine 95 people in a room buzzing with questions, some of them full of passion, some overwhelmed by the scope of the problem, but ALL wanting to hear the best approaches and to see WHAT COULD BE DONE. The subject? How institutions of faith could bring their unique assets to the fight to end homelessness. More than 30 diverse, congregations and faith-based organizations gathered on Sept 18 at a local church to hear about how they could use the assets of their institutions to address homelessness in their vicinities. We could feel the hope in the room rising as each expert shared practicalities and approaches – equipping people of faith with perspectives, skills and access to resources that will help them as each work to create effective strategies for their part of the city. And by the end, the questions were coming fast.


The FPU Center for Community Transformation (CCT) is the convener of the Fresno Mayor's Faith Based Partnership Cabinet, and with the Cabinet, has coordinated the creation of Sacred Streets, a congregational tool to address homelessness. Valerie Rempel, Dean of the seminary, attended as well. Sacred Streets is a unique, four step process that any faith institution can go through to prepare a strategy to reach out to the homeless on the streets near their institutions. Another Sacred Streets will be held in early 2020. For more information contact Jeanette at 559.453.2367.