“The fervor of the community sought and brought solutions to systemic problems of state-sanctioned violence, housing, and other critical issues. I celebrate the power of the people and faith-based organizing.”
“We gather in the same spirit, urgency, and determination that moved Nehemiah from weeping, to prayer, into action. We seek to bring about transformation that reflects the people’s will.”
The Stories of our People
Since our founding in 2016, Faith in the Valley has worked to ensure that the voices and experiences of communities of color in the Central Valley are at the center of building a stronger, more equitable Central Valley.
New Community-Based Alternative to Police hits the streets
Policing in the Central Valley and across the nation has come under increasing scrutiny following police abuse and killings of people of color. C.A.L.L. Stockton began as the people’s initiative to re-imagine public safety. Now known as the Care Link Mobile Crisis Intervention Response, it just completed its first year of operation. Hear the story of the organizing journey that led to its inception.
Kids and families fight for safe parks and outdoor spaces
For too long, communities like the rural, unincorporated areas of Ford City in Kern County and other areas across the valley have lacked investment in parks and recreation, green space and other essentials that are vital to community well being. Faith in the Valley leaders from the Hispanic-Indigenous community are changing that. This year, they built support to improve the park in their neighborhood, in partnership with the county.
Hundreds send the message that Home is Sacred
For the hundreds of community residents and grassroots leaders who came together for our #HomeisSacred action in Modesto, the message was clear: our representatives cannot turn a blind eye to this crisis any longer. Hear the housing story of Faith in the Valley leader Delvina Johnson, a story that represents the story of many others who are working together across the state to make sure that #HomeisSacred.
Faith in the Valley
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Our Impact at a Glance
Faith in the Valley works with a wide range of partners across the Valley and the state. This year, we expanded our partnership with Fresno Housing, which is one of the largest public housing agencies in California and one of the top 20 in the nation.
Together, we’re working to ensure that residents have a strong voice in shaping their five-year strategic plan. This initiative holds tremendous potential to impact Fresno and the Central Valley housing landscape.
Grassroots Leader Voices
At the center of everything we do are the voices of grassroots leaders. We start at the community level where we build one to one relationships that help individuals begin to imagine a different future. Through leadership training around community organizing and civic engagement, we equip people most impacted by racism and other types of exclusion, to tell their stories, to build power and to act together for change.
“Faith in the Valley marked a before and after in my life. It taught me to believe in myself and made me see that my voice and my work have the power to make an impact.”