EDP has a population of 1,600+ residents and 50% live below the poverty line. The neighborhood is an ethnically diverse and vibrant community. There are many resources and groups for residents:
Wesley Resource Center
Mission Statement: “We share our needs and talents to build up our community. We help each other. Together we will learn to better utilize community resources.”
The Wesley Resource Center was an idea envisioned by EDP residents to improve the quality of life in El Dorado Park by building and strengthening relationships between El Dorado Park residents and other entities.
The Wesley Resource Center is located at 1396 E San Bruno Street, Apt A, and opens from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday. The RC is a place to:
- Gather for building relationships
- Support the maintenance of the alleys by working with residents and property owners
- Organize trips to Fresno activities
- Help residents get IDs, social security cards, medical
Fridays at the RC are “Stone Soup Friday.” Bring something for the soup pot and enjoy lunch and fellowship with other residents! For more info on the Resource Center, email Rosa, a Community Leader
The Learning Hour
The Learning Hour is a program sponsored by First 5 of Fresno County that brings together parent and child for an hour of learning and bonding. Classes will focus on literacy, art, exploration, movement and parent-child bonding. The Learning Hour meets on Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. in Childcare Room at Wesley United Methodist Church.
El Dorado Boys & Girls Club
The El Dorado Boys and Girls Club offers children between the ages of 6 and 18 the opportunity to participate in a number of academic and enrichment programs. The El Dorado Boys and Girls Club prides itself on being a safe place for members to learn and grow – all while having fun. Learn more on their website or El Dorado Boys & Girls Club Facebook
Reading and Beyond
- Mondays & Wednesdays: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Tutoring for: K-6th grade
- Registration is required (visit Reading & Beyond Website for more information)
- Reading & Beyond Website
- Reading & Beyond Facebook
Base Camp at Wesley United Methodist Church is a free community meal on Thursday evenings at 5:30pm in the Fireside Room. Enjoy a wonderful meal with your El Dorado Park neighbors, Wesley folks, and family. Volunteers are always needed and welcomed.
Wesley United Methodist Church runs a Food Bag Program (bag of non-perishable groceries and household items) bag of food for families of the El Dorado neighborhood. Bags are available during office hours, Monday through Thursday, from 9 am to 4pm and Friday, from 9 am to noon. Volunteers or donations are always appreciated.
GED Study Group
- Help with Life Skills:
- English as a second language
- Assistance with writing and reading
- Help with bills and math
- Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., Winterberg Room # 3
- Volunteers are always needed and welcomed
The Pink Cow Thrift Shop
- Tuesdays & Thursdays & first Saturday of the Month: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Third Sunday of the Month: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Freedom & Justice Cafe
- Get to know you neighbors with coffee and discussion
- Tuesdays: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- Fireside Room Patio
12 Step Groups
- Compulsive Eaters Anonymous-HOW, Alcoholics Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous, Co-Dependents Anonymous, Al-Anon Family Groups
- 12-Steps Recovery at Wesley 9-10
Food not Bombs
- Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Fireside Room Kitchen at Wesley UMC
- Help feed the homeless and hungry
- Volunteers always needed and welcomed:
- Work in the kitchen
- Serve at Roeding Park
- Work and Serve