Granville Homes is matching dollar-for-dollar up to $15,000 in donations with all proceeds going to Live Again Fresno to support the vital services provided to more than 160 children who live in the motels on Parkway Drive. The Granville Relief Project's fundraiser for Live Again Fresno is sponsored in part by Mayor Jerry Dyer and Mrs. Diane Dyer, the Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce, and Fresno City Councilmembers Mike Karbassi and Miguel Arias.
"The greatest resource we can give these children, is access to a safe space with consistent faces and an opportunity to imagine themselves as something other than what currently exists in their neighborhood."-Richard Burrell, Executive Director of Live Again Fresno
History of Live Again Fresno
In 2012 Richard felt led to visit this motel property called the Fresno Inn. The property was in horrible condition, but the 40 children who lived there at the time made the place glow. The intensity in which they laughed, sang and cared for each other was infectious. Richard followed families as they migrated from motel to motel along Parkway Drive. He and his team dedicated one full year to learning about the culture of the community. They learned a lot in that year. One of the most important lessons was that green grass and free play did not exist for this group of children. They worked diligently on cultivating trust with the neighborhood while advocating for the needs of the children with the vast resources that already exist in Fresno. It took time, but on July 1, 2019, Live Again Fresno was able to open a community space right across the street from where these precious children live. A space that the children took 100% ownership of. They could come between 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. after school and get a healthy meal, mentoring and tutoring. Today, there are 161 children enrolled in their afterschool program.