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by Lorie Lewis Ham


In June at the Fresno Pride Festival I had the opportunity to meet some very interesting people, among those people were members of the Fresno Chapter of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). Recently I got the chance to chat with Teresa Castillo, who is the Chair of the Fresno branch, about the tremendous amount of incredible things this group does!

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


KRL has often written about the many wonderful things that Clovis resident Justin Kamimoto has been involved in through the last several years.

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by Cynthia Chow


As the owner of Orchard View, California’s Simplicity Itself Organizing Services, Maggie McDonald prides herself on helping her clients to declutter their homes and simplify their lives. That requires the cooperation of everyone in the household, so Maggie is reluctant to begin reorganizing Stephen Laird’s home without the presence of his partner, Jason Mueller. She’s willing to make an exception since Jason has been deployed to Texas to implement his new rapid-response law enforcement project, but Stephen’s absence is more inexplicable.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


A Gift from Bob: How a Street Cat Helped One Man Learn the Meaning of Christmas, is the latest Bob the Cat book from James Bowen. A Street Cat Named Bob and The World According to Bob, along with various children’s and youth versions of the story, have topped best seller lists all over the world.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



This week we checked in once again with Justin Kamimoto, founder and Program Director of Fresno’s M.E.A.L. Fresno’s M.E.A.L. is an amazing group that helps the homeless in Fresno all year long. I decided to see what they had going on over the holidays, future plans, and for anyone who has never heard of them got an over view of what they do.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Recently a friend introduced me to Bob The Cat, probably the most famous cat out there right now besides Grumpy Cat, especially in the UK. There are two full length books about this amazing cat–A Street Cat Named Bob and How He Saved My Life, and then the more recent release of The World According to Bob. Both are written by Bob’s owner James Bowen. These books are now on the top of my list for favorite books ever!

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by Kathy Eide Casas



“We are people who want to give…people who want to provide Fresno’s homeless with a meal that others would normally experience at their own kitchen tables…” Justin Kamimoto, Founder and Program Director for Fresno’s M.E.A.L.

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by Tom Sims


When I stroll, I am aware that the things I see along the way are only a small part of the picture of the neighborhoods through which I walk. On the surface, I see the faces of people passing by, the facades of buildings, traffic in the streets and whatever landscape is presented. Everything seems to be working in one way or another.

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Halo Cafe, Helping Feed Pets In Need

IN THE November 23 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



During the holiday season our thoughts seem to go more to the homeless and those in need, but do we ever give a thought to their pets? Halo Cafe does. They are a 501(c)(3) non-profit pet retention program that exists to serve low-income, elderly and homeless community members by providing pet food when times get tight. We took some time to chat with founder and president of Halo Cafe, Jennifer Quinn-Yovino.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


A couple months ago we learned about this incredible animal rescue in Fresno called Westside Rescue, that was not only helping animals but helping the homeless. We had the chance recently to chat with one of their volunteers, Ashley Hughes.

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by Tom Sims



When someone spends the night at the Visalia Rescue Mission, that person is not a client or a consumer of services, but an overnight guest. Overnight guests are treated with dignity, respect, and love. That is the mood and attitude of this organization, founded in 1981, to represent the church to the homeless, formerly incarcerated, and people with addictions in Tulare and Kings Counties.

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by Brandi Nuse-Villegas



Not long ago, Danielle, was homeless. She had returned to Dinuba in her desire to be closer to her two sons, who lived with their father. “I had previously been in a battle with both alcoholism and personal issues. My life had seemed hopeless, but I found hope in Jesus Christ. So, I put my life in His hands.”

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