STOCKTON, CA— “Is not just a building… It’s about a home, a safe place for our community,” said Fathers & Families of San Joaquin Executive Director, Samuel Nuñez as he welcomed the community to the organization`s new location on Wednesday, April 5th.
Previously located at 2895 Teepee Drive by Cherokee Lane, Fathers & Families of San Joaquin’s new office is now located at the corner of Sutter and Market Street in downtown Stockton. Founded in 2006 by Nuñez, Fathers and Families strives to build strong families and communities through programs in which men and fathers are actively engaged.
“The facts of this area are the reasons why we are doing our work,” said Nuñez, as he touched on the high crimes levels the city is facing.
“Nine months ago my brother was murdered, I have changed my life, I am committed to helping others,” said Rebecca Acosta, Outreach Educator at the organization. “Currently I use with my testimony to talk to the youth, helping them make better decisions and trying to prevent other families from going through what I went through.”
The life expectancy in Stockton is one of the lowest in about 69 years explained Nuñez, and the lowest life expectancy tends to be with multi-ethnic urban residents with lower incomes —predominately African Americans and Latinos.
“In the few weeks that we [have] been out here, folks are already coming in. They see that logo [pointing at the window at the agency’s entrance]; they see the warmth and they keep coming back,” said Nuñez. ”We are honor to be a part of the landscape of downtown Stockton.”
Fathers & Families of San Joaquin is a not-for-profit agency involved in engaging fathers, and encouraging them to improve the well-being of children, families and communities. To learn more about Fathers and Families of San Joaquin you may call (209) 941-0701.