"Enriching the lives and spirits of all who pass our way."

aka Poverello House, A California Non-Profit   |   Fresno, CA   |


Believing in the dignity of every person, at Poverello House we work to enrich the lives and spirits of all who pass our way by stewarding the resources made available to us through Providential and community support. Poverello House serves Fresno County.

Ruling year info


Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Zachary Darrah

Main address

PO Box 12225

Fresno, CA 93777 USA

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NTEE code info

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Alcohol, Drug and Substance Abuse, Dependency Prevention and Treatment (F20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Poverello House started in 1973 by "Papa" Mike McGarvin who began giving out peanut butter sandwiches to individuals on the streets. Those roots of the organization continue today as we seek to meet the basic needs of "all who pass our way". Due to the extreme poverty in our region, there are considerable needs related to food, shelter, clothing and other basic needs. We operate all of our services utilizing a "low-barrier" approach so that we can serve all people who are seeking help. For many of our clients, they struggle with securing long-term permanent housing. In our community, there are are so many people looking for help of all kinds. Poverello House seeks to be that place of hope for all seeking it.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Food Services Program

Poverello House serves three hot meals 365 days a year to anyone in need. Poverello House serves anywhere from 1,200 to 1,600 meals a day. Meals are served in the Dayroom, a safe, warm and/or cool place for clients to eat their meals and receive social services. The Dayroom has a family side and a single side; families are seated together and served. On the single side, clients get in line to receive their meal tray and choose where to sit. The Poverello House offsite meal program provides more than 134,000 meals to various agencies and programs throughout the city. Poverello House also provides meals to the mentally ill, the chronically homeless, and people suffering from substance abuse. It also provides meals to domestic violence victims, homeless youth and after-school programs, and local churches that feed the disadvantaged in their community.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Economically disadvantaged people

Poverello House offers a substance abuse rehabilitation program for adult men. The resident program is open to men with a history of substance abuse that have no income, but who are physically able to work. Residents must be able to function in a structured group environment; willing to make a commitment to stay in the program six months to a year and showing a willingness to adopt a sober lifestyle.

Population(s) Served
Substance abusers

Naomi’s House is a gentle haven of healing for homeless women. It is the only safe haven for single, homeless women in the Fresno County. It started in 2002 by a group of concerned community members who observed numerous homeless women on the streets of Fresno. Naomi’s House is a 30-bed overnight shelter for single, homeless women. It provides basic necessities such as showers, clothing, meals and medical and/or dental care.

Each woman is served with dignity and respect. Clients can participate in case management services to assist them in finding housing, accessing mental health services and assisting them in making positive life choices to achieve self-sufficiency. Classes provided are: Peer counseling, life skills, agency referrals, health education, 12-step class, 12-step support group and self-esteem class.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Homeless people

The Village of Hope was established in 2004 in response to the increased number of homeless encampments in the City of Fresno.

Helping a person end the cycle of homelessness is complicated and requires many different approaches. Many of the homeless population suffer from severe mental illness and substance abuse issues. Many homeless have experienced both physical and mental trauma from living on the streets. Some of them lack any form of identification and are in need of substance abuse treatment and mental health counseling. Often times, even though they desire a home, they are not in a position to maintain housing.

The Village provides a unique opportunity for the homeless to sleep off the streets and live in a community-type environment. The structures they live in are simple "Tuff Shed"-like shelters. While in the Village there are is three simple rules, "take care of yourself, take care of others, and take care of this place." The residents provide their own security and clean-up crew. Clients are not allowed to possess alcohol or drugs while living in the Village. The Client Services Coordinator, who oversees the Village, provides the occupants access to education, life-skill training, substance abuse counseling and mental health referrals. The shelter provided by Poverello House is the bridge between homelessness and housing that our clients need to be successful in securing permanent housing.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

MAP (Multi-Agency Access Program) is an integrated intake process that connects individuals facing housing, substance abuse, physical health and/or mental health challenges to supportive services. MAP Point at POV is a physical intake location for the community homeless population. If a family or individual needs other immediate services, they will be referred to the appropriate agency partner. Partners include: Fresno Housing Authority, Kingsview, Centro La Familia Advocacy Services, Community Conversations, City and County of Fresno.

Each service provider is an access point. The centralized intake process allows agencies to serve the families or individuals where they are. No one solution fits all. However, services exist that can be leveraged to customize a plan that will have a high chance of long-term success.
The process is as follows:
1) Go to a MAP Point – a person in need of housing or services goes to one of the partner locations known as MAP Point.
2) Connect with navigator for standardized intake and assessment – The role of the navigator is to complete the initial intake assessment and connect individuals and families to the appropriate services immediately, whether that is housing, mental health, substance abuse care, or other social services.
3) Match with agency and transition from Navigator to Case Manager – Once the individual is connected with the appropriate agency, the agency case manager takes over in developing a long-term plan for that individual or family and monitoring their success.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work


Best Non-Profit 2008

Fresno Magazine

Affiliations & memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 2008

Center for Guardianship Certification 2013

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 2008

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our organization goals include the following:

1) To provide high-quality, nutritious, hot meals to those who are hungry throughout our community.

2) To provide high-quality, welcoming, emergency shelter to those who are without a roof over their heads.

3) To assist our clients in finding permanent housing solutions and to provide direct support services in that process.

4) To be an access point for anyone in need looking for help.

5) To provide support services through a low-barrier approach.

Poverello House utilizes several strategies to do this:

Food: Food is the entry point of many at Poverello House. Through providing high-quality, nutritious meals, we build rapport with all clients who come to the campus. This allows for clients to become comfortable with staff and the Poverello House community. If a hot meal is the only reason they are coming to campus, that is not a problem. However, for many clients, this becomes the first step of their exploration into receiving support services, emergency shelter, housing or other needs.

Case Management and Navigation: Most clients engage with a member of the Case Management or Navigation teams. These teams work to support clients in finding solutions to the challenges they are facing. This could lead to someone coming into shelter, going into permanent housing or simply having their laundry done at Poverello House. This team works with the clients to overcome barriers and begin the process of developing a housing plan for those clients that are experiencing homelessness.

Emergency Shelter: Poverello House operates several emergency shelter programs. These shelter beds provide a safe place for clients to work with the case management/navigation team on their housing plan. Typically, a client can stay in emergency shelter for approximately 90-120 days as the team works to prepare documents, find suitable housing, provide necessary support services and more.

Low-Barrier Approach Always: Poverello House utilizes a low-barrier approach through providing open access to the campus (clients can come and go as they please), providing services to everyone seeking them regardless of any barriers (that may hinder them from accessing services elsewhere) and ensuring that all people feel welcome on our campus. We also work to provide solutions to those we serve that includes pets, property and their partners. This approach allows for clients to seek services in a place where we do not create any barriers for them to receive the help they are looking for.

Poverello House blends a unique set of resources to have the capacity to provide programs and support services to clients. These resources include sources such as individual donors, foundations, grants, fundraising events and more. Poverello House also utilizes a staff team of nearly 50 to provide these services, over 12,000 volunteers annually and the support of nearly 50 program participants in our residential rehabilitation program on a daily basis. The community provides over $1,000,000 in in-kind donations of food, clothing, blankets and other needs to serve the hungry, homeless and hurting served at Poverello house. Lastly, Poverello House operates an approximately 3-acre campus that features a large commercial kitchen, a 20,000 square foot warehouse, 2 shelter programs, a large courtyard, dog kennel and much more. Poverello House relies on "Providential and community support" as stated in our mission statement.

Poverello House has accomplished a tremendous amount since 1973. During the 2018-2019 Fiscal Year, Poverello House:

1) Navigated 437 unique individuals into housing

2) Provided 37,089 nights of shelter

3) Provided 490,247 meals for those in need

4) Provided 7,960 transports for client needs

5) Provided 21,512 showers

6) Provided 7,259 loads of laundry

In the future, Poverello House seeks to provide better solutions for navigating individuals off of the streets, provide mental health services to our clients, to increase our case management/navigation teams and to implement a new outreach strategy for those on the streets.



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Board of directors
as of 08/30/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Curtis Davies

Ashwood Construction

Term: 2022 - 2023

Victor Salazar


Curtis Davies

Ashwood Construction

Rob Veneski

Kaiser Permanente

Paula Capozzi


Hank Bennett

Bonanza Creek Cattle Company

Nick Amendola

Valley Wide Beverage

Charles Farnsworth


Dr. Constance Jones

California State University, Fresno

Christopher Hansen

Poverello House

Prashant Patel

Wells Fargo

James Wall, Jr.


Adam Mendes


Rebecca Garth-Nelson

Retired Mental Health Professional

Dr. Mickey Sachdeva


Dr. Tushar Patel


Victor Thao

Chase Bank

Dr. Manavjeet Sidhu


Ken Ramos

Central Valley Community Bank

Andrew Slater

Attorney, Quall Cardot LLP

Marc' Bady

Fresno Housing Authority

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/30/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation

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