Break the Barriers Receives $1,250 Guarantee Good Will Network Donation

The vision of Break the Barriers (BTB)is to allow children and adults, regardless of mental or physical handicaps, to participate together in sports and arts where they have the opportunity to celebrate all levels of victories and achievements.  Having started in a backyard, BTB now provides gymnastics, swim, martial arts, dance, archery, & sign lessons to more than 3,000 students each week in their 32,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility. 

Break the Barriers also provides training for Disabled American Veterans at no cost.  BTB offers disabled vets classes in archery, Tae Kwan Do, tennis and wheelchair tennis, swimming, weightlifting, basketball and wheelchair basketball, table tennis, track and field, exercise and water fitness.

Their mission is to demonstrate Inclusion through Ability Awareness Outreach & Education performances and presentations. They recognize the gifts and talents of people with various abilities.  Their performances have softened the hearts of audiences and generated hope for all people.

Learn more about Break the Barriers programs and classes on the web site 

Shinzen Friendship Garden Receives $1,000 Guarantee Good Will Network Donation

The Shinzen Friendship Garden is a traditional northwestern American Japanese Garden located in Fresno’s Woodward Park, bringing the essence of Japan to the San Joaquin valley.  As well as being a beautiful and peaceful oasis, the Garden is an educational ground that is an ideal classroom to nurture ecological awareness, and stimulate interest in Japanese garden history, cultural arts, and horticulture. 

The Shinzen Friendsip Garden was constructed in 1981 to honor Fresno’s Sister City, Kochi Japan, celebrating the spirit of understanding and promoting educational and cultural awareness.  The garden is maintained with the help of volunteers who prune and maintain the garden each month.

Shinzen visiting hours vary throughout the year.  Be sure to check their website for their current events and daily hours.

Rescue Mission Receives Guarantee Good Will Network Donation

The Guarantee Good Will Network made $1,750 donation to the Fresno Rescue Mission (FRM) which will help the FRM provide services to the homeless and the needy.  The Rescue Mission’s programs include:
  • Food and a warming center for the homeless
  • Emergency overnight shelter, “First Steps”
  • “Next Steps,” temporary shelter, work therapy, and case management
  • “The Academy” 18 month residential rehabilitation and recovery program for men
  • “Transitional Apartments” for single men who have completed 12 months at the Academy and are either employed or going to school full time

To learn more about the Fresno Rescue Mission, visit their web site at

Guarantee Good Will Network Donates $1,000 to the American Red Cross

Guarantee Good Will Network helped the American Red Cross Central Valley Chapter fulfill its humanitarian mission by donating $1,000 to the organization. The American Red Cross serves 7 counties throughout the Central Valley. Through the sole help of volunteers and the donations of individuals and corporate sponsors, our local chapter helped over 150,000 individuals in our community last year alone

The American Red Cross provides disaster relief assistance for people who have lost their homes due to fire, flood, or natural disaster.  They provide temporary shelter, food, clothing, and other immediately necessary basics, as well as advice and assistance in helping families reestablish their households.  Red Cross also provides disaster preparedness, CPR, and babysitting training.

Learn more about the American Red Cross Central Valley Chapter on their website

Guarantee Good Will Network Donates $5,000 to the Poverello House

Poverello House is dedicated to serving the hungry and homeless in our region.  They provide meals to the hungry 3 times a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year in a protected, supported atmosphere.

Poverello also provides temporary shelter at the Village of Hope and Naomi’s House, distributes clothing, and provides showers, laundry, transportation, mail, medical, dental and other services to the homeless.

The Poverello House is a day shelter and safe haven for people on the streets.  They house a six-month, 28-bed residential alcohol and drug rehabilitation program, and a five-bed transitional home.

Learn more about the Poverello House on their website

Ronald McDonald House Receives $1,000 Guarantee Good Will Network Donation

For the past 30 years the Ronald McDonald House (RMHC) has provided, “a home away from home” for families whose critically ill children are receiving medical treatment at Valley Children’s Hospital. The Ronald McDonald House helps keep these families close by and this has been proven to be an integral part of a child’s healing process.

The Ronald McDonald House offers shelter to many families who would otherwise need to travel long distances to give their children the care they so desperately need. The RMHC has 18 bedrooms, offers daily meals and other essential resources.

You can help support the RMHC by attending their Red Heart Ball, a Masquerade on November 8, 2014 at the Fresno Convention Center. The Red Heart Ball is an exciting evening you won’t soon forget; offering hosted cocktails, gourmet dinner/wine pairing, surprise entertainment that will leave you glued to your seat, dancing, as well as live & silent auctions.  For tickets call 559-261-3662 or or see their Facebook page for details 

Guarantee Good Will Network Donates $1,000 to Inspiration Park

Inspiration Park is collaboration between the City of Fresno and 12 other organizations including Resources for Independence Central Valley, ARC Fresno, Break the Barriers, Tree Fresno, and Central Unified School District. 

They have raised funds and obtained grants and donations valued at $7.4 million to build Inspiration Park, an 8 acre sports & recreation area at Gettysburg & Polk which will be the first of its kind in California; a park that will be TOTALLY accessible for handicap as well as able bodied children and adults. While some recreational facilities are partially equipped for handicap use, Independence Park will allow people with disabilities to access ALL areas including special surface playing fields, basketball courts with adjustable hoop heights, splash pod, sensory garden, skate park, and community building equipped with computers. 

The park with be built by the City of Fresno.  The City will not however maintain the park.  The $1,000 Guarantee Good Will Network donation will go towards the costs for maintaining the park.

Click HERE to learn more about Inspiration Park.

Guarantee Real Estate Sponsors Fresno Historical Society’s “Civil War Revisited”

Amongst other things, the FresnoHistorical Society administers Kearney Mansion Museum where the largest Civil War reenactment in the Western United States will be held on October 18 & 19, 2014.   
At Civil War Revisited you can

·         Watch battle reenactments
·         See demonstrations of era crafts by period artisans
·         Learn about California’s role in the War
·         Stroll through a military encampment
·         Walk around a civilian township
·         Hear stories from historical characters
·         Enjoy period entertainment
·         End the day dining at either Camp Night or the General’s Dinner

Click HERE to learn more about the Civil War Revisited

The Fresno Historical Society (FHS) tells the story of California’s Central Valley, one of the five most fertile valleys in the world.  FHS
·         celebrates the Valley’s cultural diversity,
·         traces the development of agriculture and agribusiness,
·         documents the region’s immigrant story,
·         teaches our children how to learn history’s lessons,
·         provides a community gathering place,
·         and uses history to help develop plans for the Valley’s future

Learn more about the Fresno Historical Society on their website

Fresno Philharmonic Receives $1,000 Guarantee Good Will Network Donation

Guarantee Good Will Network showed their appreciation of the Fresno Philharmonic by making a donation of $1,000 to their Link Up program.  This Philharmonic program provides a high quality arts experience for 8,000 school children (3rd & 4th graders) each year in the Fresno, Central, & Sanger school districts. 

Link Up offers a musical adventure to students by allowing students to join them during an open rehearsal.  During these rehearsals children are able to get an up-close glance of the orchestra and gain an understanding about the time and effort that goes into coordinating each instrumental sound.

The Fresno Philharmonic inspires people of all ages through high quality performances. It is their priority to provide an exceptional experience with a focus on audience development. Learn more about the Fresno Philharmonic on their website

San Joaquin River Parkway Receives $1,000 Guarantee Good Will Network Donation

One of our region’s best locations for recreation, the San Joaquin River Parkway provides trails for runners/walkers and cyclists, as well as a separate equestrian trail for horseback riders. When the Parkway reaches its goal, we will be able to enjoy 22.5 miles of trail that will stretch from Friant to Freeway 99.

The SJRP preserves and restores the San Joaquin River and the lands immediately surrounding it. They also provide education regarding the ecological and historical significance of the river through nature walks and canoe trips. Summer camps and other programs are offered at the SJRP’s Coke Hallowell River House where thousands of people, young and old alike, have learned about the flora and fauna and the importance of preserving our river.

Learn more about the Parkway on their website

Evangel Home Receives Guarantee Good Will Network Donation

The Guarantee Good Will Network recently made a $1,500 to the Evangel Home which provides shelter to women and their children who need a safe place to live.

The Evangel Home offers a 28 day emergency shelter that can house up to 24 women and children. The Crossroads Apartment Living is a 9 -month residential program that teaches basic living skills, parenting skills, boundary setting, and finances. And The Garden is an Alternative sentencing, 9-month residential recovery program that accommodates up to 6 women. Classes & services include: Seekers 12-Step Program, structured living and work programs.  Crossroads & the Garden residents are either employed or attending school full-time.

To learn more about the Evangel Home, please visit their web site

Rescue the Children Receives Donation from Guarantee Good Will Network

The Guarantee’s Good Will Network recently made a $1,500 donation to Rescue the Children.

Opened in October 2012, Rescue the Children provides a safe haven for women who otherwise may have no place else to go.  When at capacity, the building will be home for up to 75 women and 100 children. A portion of the facility provides an emergency shelter for temporary stays. The majority is for families enrolled in a life-changing, 18 month program, with a minimum of 8 months in residence.

Rescue the Children is a protected, secure environment providing emergency and long-term services to at-risk, abused, homeless or previously incarcerated women or women with children. The community provides women and their children a place to get away from destructive lifestyles, offering a place to heal, learn, grow and ultimately becoming productive members of society.  Mothers who feel trapped in a dysfunctional setting can find a place of respite.  This type of opportunity can create life change not just for the present, but for future generations… one more family who doesn’t have to rely on welfare… one more family that learns to be violence-free.

The program’s focus is on sobriety, being a better mother, and becoming more self-sufficient. Assistance includes individual and group therapy, substance abuse recovery education, domestic violence education, life skills classes (family therapy, parenting, nutrition/wellness), vocational training and GED preparation, and an on-site center for children.

To learn more about Rescue the Children please take the time to check their website

Guarantee’s Prather & Shaver Lake Agents Hold Fundraiser for Childhood Language Disorder Center

Agents from Guarantee Real Estate’s Prather & Shaver Lake offices recently raised $840 for the Scottish Rite Childhood Language Disorder Center.  Guarantee Sales Manager, Vince Carter, presented the Center’s Director, Tom Tatum, and President, Jim Wilson II with a check on behalf of the agents.

The Childhood Language Center (CLC) provides free services to children with language, literacy, and learning challenges. The Center serves children with difficulties listening, speaking, paying attention, remembering, reading and writing.  They provide diagnostic, advocacy, counseling and therapeutic services to children between 18 months and 18 years of age who live throughout California’s Central Valley.

Guarantee’s West & Herndon Office Raise $1,000 for Hope Now for Youth

Agents from Guarantee Real Estate’s West & Herndon office recently presented Hope Nowfor Youth’s CEO, Roger Feenstra with a check for $1,000 that they raised by selling Red Carpet Car Wash tickets. 

Hope Now For Youth has taken over 2,000 gang members and at-risk youth off the streets of Fresno and helped them establish productive lives.  Hope Now For Youth has an impressive 85% success record and has taught troubled young men to become husbands to their wives, fathers to their children, and dependable employees who make positive contributions to their families, friends, and communities.

Guarantee’s Woodward Park Office Raise $2,000 for Boys & Girls Club

Agents from Guarantee Real Estate’s Woodward Park office recently met with East Fresno Boys and Girls Club representative, Mark Armenta, to present him with a check for $2,000 that they raised by holding a Red Carpet Car Wash ticket sale fundraiser.

Located near the Fresno Fair Grounds, the East Fresno Boys and Girls Club provide activities for an average of 120-150 youth each day.  The club prides itself in helping kids through academic and social programs, introducing them to healthier lifestyles and providing them with a safe place to go during the summer months and after school.