Save St. Helen's School - Fresno
Saint Helen’s School was opened in September of 1953 as a mission school with grades one through five. The school was administered and staffed by the Holy Cross Sisters the first year. The School Sisters of Notre Dame took over the school the following year. Grades kindergarten and six were added. On December 8, 1955, the mission received parish status.
On October 4, 1956, the temporary school building was replaced with the first wing containing four classrooms and an administration building. The old building became the cafeteria with the addition of kitchen facilities. The eighth grade was added that year. A new convent was built in 1959. In 1961, a second wing and library were added. The kindergarten building was added in 1982, and their playground was completed in 1995. The computer lab was established in 1986.
On May 18, 2007, a mass and dedication ceremony was performed by Reverend John T. Steinbock, Bishop of the Diocese of Fresno, to celebrate the opening of our new library. This new state of the art building features a fireplace with reading area for the students and teachers, skylights to let the sunlight in, and a computer system to catalog all of our books.
With the help from individuals and families of our parish, community, and Catholic faith we need to successfully secure a firm foundation of Church teaching and education to provide Catholics with a solid intellectual and spiritual grounding for their faith, so they can understand, live and share it in their homes, parishes, community and workplaces.
Our beloved school is in imminent danger of closing because of long ago acquired debt!
Our children and families were devastated and when we were informed in March of 2017 that we would be closing 2 months later! We were shaken but have turned our devotion to our faith, and our children's educations into a truly inspired and blessed movement.
We are a group of teachers, parents, and students; not rich in money, but rich in the fruits of the spirit!
We ask that you give in the spirit of education, and of love. Thanks to our #miracleonbelmont (where our school is located, and yes, it's a pretty rough area of town, but we work hard and pray harder) we have raised a lot by making tamales, holding rummage sales, walked and ran our hearts out, all in hope to keep our family together and in tact. But we have a way to go and though the road is rough, we will not give up! And we are reaching out to our worldwide community for help.
Any and all funds raised will go directly to Saint Helen's students and to ensure that we will never face the threat of closure again. Please pray for us, give if you can, and share.
Thank you in advance for your generosity!
St. Helens Family
All donations are tax deductible and go directly to our St. Helen's School Foundation, Inc.
Lord our God,
With you all things are possible.
We praise you and thank you for the blessings that you have bestowed upon this parish in the last 64 years.
We ask you now to bless our efforts to save our school.
Enable us to do what those who have gone before us have done. Strengthen our faith in Jesus Christ and our love and commitment to our children.
We ask this, through Christ our Lord.
Help save St. Helen's Catholic School of Fresno, California!
Many people believe that just because our school is tuition based that we don't need additional funding. The tuition only covers a percentage of what it cost to run this school. We do not receive any tax dollars from the government. Please keep a open mind about our school. We are families that are blue collar workers making sacrifices to send our children to this beautiful school. Yes we choose to pay for schooling for our kids but at a sacrifice to our families. We believe in our school and faith and we want to pass this faith onto our children so that they grow up to be loving, compassionate, and caring individuals with morals and values. Please find it in your heart to donate ❤️
Prayers coming from Houston, Texas that y'all raise the funds needed to keep the school open. Have y'all looked to local past students who are business owners? If the school is 501(c)3 the donations would be able to written off by local businesses or even looking to past students parents who are looking to donate funds to a worthy cause. Instilling the gift of faith in a child is wonderful. I've donated because I saw a news story this morning on my Facebook feed and recognized my dear friend from college son on the news story. I've shared it on my feed. I'm no longer living locally but you never know who may see the story and will donate.
We had a great benefit concert yesterday. We will continue to fight for our school for our kids. We have a car show/concert on May 13th. I hope everyone is able to come out and enjoy some nice rides, great food, and live music. Just uz, Rhythm Aces, and Arcenio "Malo" Garcia and the fabulous Malibu's will be performing. We hope to see you there. Please continue to share our campaign. Thank you so much for those who have donated and shared ❤️❤️
Thank you so much for those who have shared our fight and donated to our cause. We are so blessed to have a community that is standing behind us and supporting our children. We will fight until we raise enough money to pay back the bishop and save our school. Please continue to share and pray for us as we show all Catholic schools that your school is worth fighting for. God bless everyone that has donated, shared,and prayed for our school #wewillsaveourschool
Thank you everyone for all your contributions!!! TOGETHER we did it!!!
Thank you to everyone that donated and supported our school. We truly appreciate everyone. Thank you for helping us reach our goal!!! God bless you all!!! We saved our school!!!