For 30 years, Saint Agnes Holy Cross Center for Women (HCCW) in downtown Fresno has served as a refuge for homeless and underserved women and their children. Operated by Saint Agnes Medical Center, the center provides daytime shelter, counseling and referral services, education and skills training, clothing, laundry and shower facilities, and social activities. In addition, the center offers six, seven-week long summer programs held for children and young people ages 4-17.
Each day, HCCW provides services for an average of 141 women and 19 children. In once month alone, the center provides more than 3,000 articles of clothing, diapers for an average of 227 children, 557 showers, and 239 loads of laundry.
Out of a desire to not only meet its clients' basic needs, but also help them transform their lives and become self-sufficient, the center added MaryHaven to its campus in 1998. The 7,059-square-foot lifestyle improvement/skills training center provides rooms for education on health, parenting, general "wellness," English as a Second Language, as well as sewing and crafts and a computer lab.
While mothers are in class or participating in other center programs, their children are supervised by staff and volunteers at The Gathering Place, a children's learning center complete with books, educational materials, toys and computers.
Saint Agnes Holy Cross Center for Women
Street Address: 421 F. Street
Mailing: P.O. Box 12225
Fresno, CA 93706
Direct: (559) 237-3379
On a mission to heal body, mind and spirit