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Garden Of Innocence: Giving Babies A Loving Goodbye

Garden of Innocence was created to give a dignified burial to abandoned babies. These babies receive much love at the burial ceremony by community members who are there to give them a loving send off.


Get Up and Go

Lisa Casarez and Vikki Luna talk about how they Get Up and Go each day.


Habitat For Humanity: Self Reliance Through Shelter

Fresno and Madera counties have one of the greatest concentrations of poverty in the nation. Habitat For Humanity is a non-profit Christian based organization aimed at eliminating poverty housing. Through donors and volunteers, Habitat in Fresno has made the dream come true for many families by providing a home and, at the same time, giving them hope for the future.


Stepping Out In Faith With Confidence

In order to succeed in anything you do in life, you have to have confidence. God gives you the power to move in your calling with confidence. He will give you the boldness and confidence to live your life from the inside out and to go out into the community.


Empowering Women Through Knowledge And Example

Nené Casares, president of the Central California Women's Conference joins Vikki Luna and Lisa Casarez to talk about this year's conference which will take place on September 25th and is already sold out! They talk about the history of the conference and how it has grown every year.


Sharing The Blessing Of Giving And Serving Others

Picture by Rawpixel “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” ― Charles Dickens Just as the saying goes: It is better to give than to receive. Vikki Luna and Lisa Casarez tell us in this podcast that when you are serving others, you are serving unto God. They urge you that while you are living this temporary life to look not only at your own interests but to the interests of others. It is in this selfless act of giving that you let God know how thankful you are...


Marjaree Mason Center Helping Victims Of Domestic Violence

Marjaree Mason Center was established in 1979 in Fresno, California through the YWCA. Its mission is to help victims of domestic violence living in the central valley. It was named after a young woman, with a bright future ahead of her, who was violently killed by her ex-boyfriend in 1978. The center provides emergency as well as long term shelter for adults and children fleeing a violent domestic environment. The center is now the largest in the state of California and one of the largest in...


Speaking Engagement With Joy In The Journey

Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash Sometimes in life we come to a crossroad and we don't know which way to go. Wouldn't it be nice if we could rely on others to get a clear sense of what we need to do? According to our guest today, Joan Sandlin, you can get "unstuck" by reaching out to other like minded people through the mastermind groups she leads. Joan reveals to Lisa Casarez and Vikki Luna how members of these groups participate in giving ideas, solutions or suggestions to help each other....


Be Your Best Since You Are Judged Within Minutes Of Engagement

Photo by: Rawpixel @unsplash Photo by: Tim Gouw @Unsplash What is the definition of Etiquette? According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary: "It is the conduct or procedure required by good breeding or prescribed by authority to be observed in social or official life". In other words, it is the customary code of polite behavior in society to be exhibited in a professional or group setting. In this podcast, Vikki Luna and Lisa Casarez tells us how we are judged within seconds of meeting...


Continuous Growth From Self Empowering Tools

photo by Dulcey-Lima Photo by Jack Cain on Unsplash In order to achieve and maintain excellent leadership skills you have to continuously grow and never stop learning. Who you will be in five years has to do with the books you currently read and the people you associate with. Vikki Luna tells Lisa Casarez about the book she is currently reading: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. One of the author's recommendations to be more effective is to be proactive and not reactive....


Meeting Needs Through Networking

Fresno Women's Network The Fresno Women's Network has been in the community since 1987 empowering women to grow their businesses by working together, supporting one another, and giving back to the community at the same time. Both Vikki Luna and Lisa Casarez belong to this network which has helped their non-profit organization tremendously as well as provided them with the opportunity of growth, both personally and professionally. In this podcast they speak to Debbie Milla, President of the...


Living Out Loud Grace Hope and Love for God and Mankind

Lisa and Vikki discuss Living out loud. They discuss what it means and why they live out loud. Once you know that God is the way, not a way living becomes easier.


Lyme Disease Alex Hudson Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS) with Jody Hudson

Alex Hudson was only diagnosed with Lyme Disease in the last year of her life. She carried the disease undiagnosed for 10 years. Doctors were unable to link her symptoms with the disease. Jody explains that dirty ticks carry multiple infectious diseases with them. Not only did Alex have the Lyme disease she carried multiple infections, Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis, Bartonella, and Rickettsiosis. Each one of the infections carried their own symptoms and problems. If that wasn't bad enough she had...


Trauma Informed Care

**This is a sensitive material that might not be suitable for children** Hurting people, hurt people. Kids that have gone through some type of abuse, whether it's sexual, physical, mental or emotional end up acting out their abuse through negative behavior. They act out in anger because they don't know how to express themselves or how to cope with their emotions. Some of these children don't get the psychological help they need in early childhood and therefore they become abusers as adults,...


What Would Your Legacy Be?

This podcast is dedicated to the memory of Carmela Liberta, a woman who made a big difference in the lives of both Vikki Luna and Lisa Casarez. She was a mentor and a big sister, who lived her life with character, conviction and passion. She lived her life following Jesus's example. Lisa and Vikki challenge you to live your life making a positive impact on other people's lives, leaving an everlasting legacy behind for generations to come.



Sanctuary: Any place of refuge and safety; asylum. The Fresno County Economic Opportunities Commission started in the early 90's a place of refuge for young people who found themselves living on the streets and called it Sanctuary. This center of refuge has provided service to twenty five thousand young people over the last 25 years. Lisa Casarez and Vikki Luna invited Joe Martinez to share all the wonderful programs the Sanctuary offers to the community. If you want more information about...


Be In Peace And NOT In Pieces

There are those days where nothing seems to go right. Where there is only chaos and discord. Lisa Casarez and Vikki Luna tell us in this podcast how to develop coping skills since, otherwise, we may self destruct and take out our frustrations on other people. When you decide to be in a state of peace then you bring that with you wherever you go, changing the environment you are in. An abundant life is a peaceful life, is a life of gratitude.


We Can Change Lives By Volunteering

One sure way to change lives in any community is to rally people to volunteer and support projects designed for the betterment of its people. In this podcast Lisa Casarez and Vikki Luna talk to Carol Davies, Executive Director of Hands On, a non-profit organization that matches volunteers with organizations. She tells us that matching hearts with causes is the only way to make a project successful, because non-profits can't do the work that they do without volunteers. If you like to contact...


Are You Changing Your Environment or Is Your Environment Changing You?

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by life in general and often have negative thoughts? Well, that is just part of being human, but as Vikki Luna and Lisa Casarez tell us in this podcast, you don't have to live your life in such a state of mind. They share with us how they have managed to control their thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors, and how to build a daily life on a foundation of positive habits. Book recommendations: "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen R. Covey - and -...


Making Important Contributions

As of April 2018 the city of Fresno's unemployment rate is 7.3% compared to the national rate of 3.9%, according to the United State Department of Labor. There are individuals in Fresno who work day in and day out to contribute to the economic well being of the city. Dr. Randy White from the Center for Community Transformation at Fresno Pacific University is one of those individuals and in this podcast he tells Vikki Luna and Lisa Casarez how this center helps people in the community solve...