A Self-Help Legacy with the Adame Family
The longevity of SHE’s mission was felt by the Adame Family, who can attest to the life-long impact of SHE’s work. Sally and Elijio Adame were part of the very first group who built their homes in 1963. Along with 5 other families, the Adame’s embarked on their journey to homeownership, a journey that would become the early beginnings of SHE.

Before meeting Elijio, Sally and her family moved around the valley working in the fields. Summers, in particular, were spent in San Jose, picking apricots and cherries. “It was so beautiful there, so evergreen,” said Sally. Her father later decided to join some family in the Cutler-Orosi area where they continued to work in the fields and began to grow roots.

In 1946, Elijio was 11 years old when his family moved to Dinuba from Carlsbad New Mexico. A couple of years later he moved to Cutler where he attended and completed elementary school, just 7 miles north of Dinuba. Read more.

Dinuba Community Center Named After Beloved Community Advocate
On Wednesday, October 30th, friends and family gathered as Self-Help Enterprises held a surprise celebration to officially name the Community Center at Sierra Village Apartments in Dinuba after original incorporator and longtime board member Ralph Rosedale.

Thanks in large part to Ralph Rosedale’s participation in the early 1960’s, over 6,300 families have now built their own homes through SHE’s mutual self-help housing program. Furthermore, because SHE was the first organization in the country to focus on sweat equity homeownership for low income farmworkers and other families, he is indirectly responsible for more than 50,000 homes built across the country by organizations modeled after SHE.

Ralph Rosedale truly embodies the lesson from Mother Teresa – ‘with charity you give love, so don’t just give money but reach out your hand instead.’ "Self-Help Enterprises is proud to be associated with this great man,” said Tom Collishaw, CEO of Self-Help Enterprises. Read more.
LISC Team Tours SHE Sites
LISC ( Local Initiatives Support Corp‎ ) CEO Maurice A. Jones and Michael Carroll, Lending Director at Rural LISC and former SHE employee, spent an entire day touring several SHE project sites, including rental, single family, housing preservation and transitional bridge housing projects. They also spent time learning about the Tooleville Drinking Water
Project and engaged with a couple of community leaders who shared about their experience around access to clean drinking water in their community. Click here for more photos.
Resident Services Activities
Highland Gardens Annual Pumpkin Party

Children and their families who reside at the Highland Gardens Apartments came together to celebrate the harvest season. The 4th Annual Pumpkin Party, led by SHE staff, included painting and decorating pumpkins and enjoying pumpkin pie. Over 30 children participated in this fun event.

The Annual Pumpkin Party provides young residents with the opportunity to express their creativity and grow friendships!

Lindsey Unified School District STEM

SHE was awarded the STEP-UP grant from the Tulare County Youth Commission to fund field trips to various locations. The trips will provide a hands-on approach to introducing Lindsay high school students to STEM focused vocational careers. The purpose is to demonstrate alternative post-graduation options for students who may not be college-bound. The first of 8 field trips were to tour the Terminus Dam at Kaweah Lake. Students learned about the engineering that went into building the dam, safety features and the daily maintenance.
Board Member Highlights
Mike Chrisman

Mike Chrisman served as California Secretary of Natural Resources from 2003 until 2010. As a member of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s cabinet, he served as the governor’s chief adviser on issues related to the state’s natural, historic and cultural resources. In leading the Natural Resources Agency, Mike oversaw the policies, activities, a budget of $6.1 billion and 17,000 employees in 25 departments, commissions, boards and conservancies. The issues ran the natural resources gamut from conservation, water, and fish and game to forestry, parks, energy, coastal marine and landscape. Mike holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Teresa Ramos

Teresa Ramos is the Executive Assistant to the CEO at ProYouth, a program that provides comprehensive expanded learning programs at the elementary, middle, and high school sites throughout Tulare and Monterey Counties. She provides consistent support by coaching and mentoring outreach staff and ensuring that the ProYouth message is being shared throughout the community. Previously, she served as the Reconnecting Youth & Coping Training Facilitator for Tulare County Office of Education. Over the years, Ms. Ramos has received training in Building Resiliency Training, Trauma Informed Care Strategies. 
Upcoming Events
F inancial Management: My Money, My Credit Workshop
Date: November 5, 2019
Time: 5pm-8pm
Cost: $30
Location: 8445 Elowin Court, Visalia, CA 93291
MUST CALL (559) 651-1000 to reserve your seat.

P reparing for Homeownership Workshop
Date: November 9, 2019
Time: 9am-5pm
Cost: $125-175
Location: 8445 Elowin Court, Visalia, CA 93291
MUST CALL (559) 651-1000 to reserve your seat.