“Women Helping Women” Luncheon A Great Success!

By Ana de Alba
Board member, Fresno County Women Lawyers

A call to action heard loud and clear in the legal community was answered last month during the Fresno County Women Lawyers’ “Women Helping Women” luncheon. The luncheon featured speakers Jenny Bates, Director of The Hacienda Drug/Alcohol Rehabilitation Center for Women and Deborah Torres, Director of Samaritan Women. The speakers shared stories of how their organizations help women who have been incarcerated get back on their feet. Those attending the luncheon were asked to donate career clothing, toiletries, postage stamps, and bus tokens to help these wonderful organizations improve the lives of the women they serve. Generating donations for both organizations, FCWL members took up the call to action and made the luncheon an amazing success.

Despite the generosity of FCWL members, the need for donations and volunteers is still great. If you are interested in donating items, the following wish lists may help steer you in the right direction:

    Samaritan Women Wish List

  • Volunteers
  • Pen-pals
  • Donations
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Garbage bags
  • Bus tokens
  • Forever postage stamps
  • Clothing
  • Shoes
  • Accessories
  • Linens
  • Cleaning products

*If you would like more information and/or to make a donation, please contact Deborah Torres at (559) 227-2190 or at dtorres@fresnorescuemission.org.

    The Hacienda Drug/Alcohol Rehabilitation Center for Women Wish List

  • Volunteers
  • Adopt a room
  • Build a park
  • Create toys for on-site play
  • Refurbish building
  • Donations
  • Golf carts
  • Game room supplies
  • Arts and crafts supplies
  • Washer/Dryers
  • Carpet and installation
  • Camping supplies
  • Gift cards for manicures, pedicures, haircuts, etc.
  • Wrought iron fence for property
  • Repaving parking lots
  • Trash compactor
  • Replanting
  • Picnic tables with umbrellas

*If you would like more information and/or to make a donation, please contact Jenny Bates at (559) 977-5515 or at jbates@mhsinc.org.