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Fresno's Marjaree Mason Center Secures $850K Federal Funding Boost for New Resource Center
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By Anthony Haddad
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April 10, 2024

Marjaree Mason Center CEO Nicole Lender (left) and Rep. Jim Costa at the Community Resource Center, which is scheduled to open in December 2024. (Marjaree Mason Center)

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The Marjaree Mason Center’s new campus in northwest Fresno is $850,000 closer to reality thanks to a federal grant secured by Rep. Jim Costa.

This funding is designated for the Isnardi Foundation Community Resource Center, which will house all non-residential services for Fresno County domestic violence survivors.

The Marjaree Mason Center has raised $16.5 million of its $21 million campaign goal, covering property acquisition and necessary renovations.

“This major gift through the support of Congressman Costa is nothing short of incredible and gets us so much closer to our fundraising goal,” said Nicole Linder, CEO of the Marjaree Mason Center.

“This investment in the Marjaree Mason Center and our new Community Resource Center will allow us to provide healing-centered care in a space that matches the compassionate service that we’ve long provided. I can’t thank Congressman Costa and the federal government enough for supporting domestic violence survivors in our community through this project.”

Community Project Funding — known as earmarks — enables House members to fund specific projects for state, local, tribal governments, and eligible nonprofits.

“Bringing back federal funding to the San Joaquin Valley is one of my top priorities,” Costa said. “These projects will support underserved communities and foster economic development while providing more opportunities for folks to get ahead. I am proud to have fought for this funding to build stronger, more resilient communities.”

About the Community Resource Center

With this support, the Marjaree Mason Center has raised $16.5 million of the $21 million campaign goal, which includes costs for property acquisition and remodeling.

The property at 255 W. Bullard Ave. was purchased by the Marjaree Mason Center in December 2022. As a nearly 60-year-old building, this site has historic roots as Queen of the Valley Catholic Girls School, New Life Christian School, Heald College, and the Milan Institute.

However, significant upgrades are needed to meet building codes and operate as a 24/7 trauma-informed facility that’s physically and emotionally safe. The center is expected to be open in December 2024.

Further information about the Marjaree Mason Center and how you can donate to complete the resource center is at this link.

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Anthony W. Haddad, who graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with his undergraduate degree and has an MBA at Fresno State, is the Swiss Army knife of GV Wire. He writes stories, manages social media, and represents the organization on the ground.

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