Charity of the Month

Self-Help Enterprises has grown from a group of visionaries who in in 1964 helped three low-income families build their own homes in Goshen, CA to a nationally recognized community development organization serving the eight counties in the San Joaquin Valley- Fresno County, Kern County, Kings County, Madera County, Mariposa County, Merced County, Stanislaus County, and Tulare County.

It’s their philosophy to work with, rather than for, families in pursuing their goals. their concept of “self-help” is based on the conviction that, given the tools, individuals can and will do what is necessary to improve their conditions. This concept is not just a philosophy for homeownership but, is a driving force in all aspects of the organization.

Since 1965, Self-Help Enterprises has helped more than 6,200 families build their own homes, rehabilitated over 6,300 unsafe homes, developed over 1,300 units of affordable rental housing and has provided technical assistance for reliable access to safe drinking water and sanitary sewer infrastructures to more than 160 small communities.

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