Parents And Addicts In Need was created in 2009. Many services are provided in the area.


PAIN, or Parents And Addicts In Need, is a non-profit organization located in Fresno, California. It is a non-profit organization that specializes in rehabilitation services and support for substance users and their families.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused financial damage to many businesses in the United  States in 2020. The negative economic effects have been intolerable in some cases. Some businesses have had to close their doors. Many non-profit organizations depend on contributions from area businesses to be able to help others in need.

The above video was created by Mr. Flindt Anderson, who began this organization in 2009.


PAIN was founded in 2009 in Fresno, California. Their unique program focuses on family support services, while effectively navigating an individual’s the road to sobriety with proper and personalized help. They provide family consulting, as well.

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No one needs suffer alone. PAIN is there to help those in need.

PAIN facilitates support groups and reach out to area communities through speaking at schools, community service groups and town hall meetings.

Through extensive community partnerships and resources, they help drug and/or alcohol users get the resources needed to begin and maintain their rehabilitation process.


It can be difficult to know whether or not someone close to you is abusing drugs or alcohol. This is particularly true when school or work can take them out of one’s daily life. If those close (family and/or loved ones) are concerned that a child may be suffering from addiction or alcoholism, consider the major indicators discussed here as a warning sign. And, then learn what one can do about it.

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Don’t Hide the Scars is one of slogans used in speaking engagements to the public, in schools, and other locations in the area.

Nearly everyone who becomes addicted to drugs or alcohol gives off some to several signs of this addiction. However, all of these signs can be boiled down to three major areas: physical changes, emotional changes, and social changes. Of course, some signs of substance abuse and addiction vary depending on the type of substance being used.

PAIN has broken down the signs of abuse and withdrawal symptoms below for each of the major drug types. Of course, providing such a service to all those in need is costly. Therefore, anyone reading here who may be able to help us continue helping those in need may make contact to PAIN, directly.


Since 2009, Parents and Addicts In Need (PAIN) has helped thousands of California residents find help for those and their families who are struggling with substance abuse. COVID-19 and the Shelter In Place mandates create a very unique and potentially devastating obstacle for those who are in substance recovery.

Two of the biggest “triggers” for substance abuse relapse are boredom, and isolation.  We provide weekly family support services, interventions, counseling sessions, and information and guidance for those on the long journey to substance abuse recovery.

As a 501(c)(3) organization, they rely upon grants, endowments, fundraisers and most of all individual contributions from people to help fund the work they do. With everyone sheltered in place, the need for services has  increased, but the ability to financially support the work done by holding fundraisers is now nonexistent.

PAIN appreciates any help anyone may provide.


There are a number of ways to contribute to PAIN. GoFundMe is one way. If one wishes to mail a check, please do so by sending it to: PAIN / 83 E. Shaw Avenue, Suite 202, Fresno, CA, 93710. Vehicle donations are also accepted. Please contact via telephone at: 559-579-1551. Or, one may email at: [email protected] Office hours are from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.

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Since 2009, Parents And Addicts In Need has provided a myriad of services to help many to succeed on the road to recovery from alcohol and drugs.

If one or someone one loves is in need, please make contact to the information provided above. Thank you all for taking the time to help this organization. Also, as mentioned, if help is requested, prompt service is provided. Please visit this website:

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Hands in the Community is in severe financial distress. Help in any way is requested.


Community Service organizations all around central California have been severely affected from the coronavirus pandemic. Hands in the Community is one of them. Lester Moon, Founder and Executive Director, met with Universal Digest in an exclusive interview to discuss their present hardships. They have not been helped in any way from the present stimulus programs available, to date.

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Hands in the Community is in severe financial distress. Help in any way is requested.

As a proponent of elevating the human condition, we at Universal Digest are committed to doing what can be done to help those in need, where possible. Please read on, dear viewers. Any help that can be given in any way, from volunteer work to financial assistance is most appreciated. Hands in the Community may not be viable to help others within the next few weeks or months. Where and how to help is mentioned later in this article.


The following is the video interview with Lester Moon. When this author visited the HNC offices in October of 2019, it was abuzz with activity. Every office and computer station was occupied and in use. This visit was shocking. When called for appointment confirmation and directions, Lester answered the phone, personally.

Since we last met, the coronavirus has taken its toll at this non-profit organization. There was only one other person present and it was for an unrelated matter for that which we are writing.

Imagine. From March to April of 2020, funding income dropped by 95%! Of course, this is unsustainable for an organization that helps so many in a tri-county area.


Succinctly, if Hands in the Community (like so many others) does not increase its funding to continue helping in their Christian ministry to support and assist those in need, they must close the doors. This will add another vacuum of help in the community.

Who is helped? Of the programs to help seniors in need, so affected are the programs for parents and children in their situations. Please note; fully 75% of all funding received is returned to help those in need. That is almost unbelievable in present times. Most non-profits return so much less in funding to those who need help.

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Many area companies and organizations have supported Hands in the Community. Since the COVID-19 crisis, funding has literally dried up as everyone in business is affected.

As with many other businesses and organizations in the United States have suffered from such a notorious ‘invisible’ attack from outside our shores, all have suffered, severely, financially. Hands in the Community who depends on area businesses, as well as, from private individuals for funding are now beyond struggling. Please. Help however, one may to keep this noble, Christian organization afloat.


In fact, this author must state that in a previous contact with HNC, one of our friends received assistance from them. In the end, she received the help she needed.

And, as mentioned in the video, one project was to build a fence for someone who needed a new one. HNC priced a contractor who could build the fence for $4,500. Of course, this would cripple the budget. So, they went to work to find volunteers and those who could help with materials. In the end, the fence project was completed at a cost of $1,000.

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Hands in the Community helps so many needy individuals in three area counties. These include Tulare, Kings, and parts of southern Fresno counties.

So, in closing, almost no one and no organization in our are communities have not been affected by this heinous situation not of our doing. Let us all pray that we do not go to a ‘new’ normal, but to a ‘regular’ normal.

If anyone who is reading and viewing what is here can render any form of assistance; it will not just be Hands in the Community you are helping? You will be helping hundreds of people in area communities, now and in the future.


Please call (559) 625-3822 from anywhere in the United States. If calling from outside the US to help, please remember to enter your country code first. Then, enter the US code 01. After that, please enter the telephone number given above.

If one wishes to reach Hands in the Community via their website; it is: Thank you all for taking the time to read this article. Render assistance where possible. It is understood that at this time, there are so many people and firms in need of help. Thank everyone for taking the time to read this article. Hopefully, there are some who will be able to reach out to this well-known organization.

To be clear and to the point, HNC will help anyone who lives near or below the poverty level. And, this is verified before they help those who request it.

Please, reach out to help Hands in the Community, wherever one may be able to do so. God Bless us all, in these time. We remember, we are not forsaken. For He knows our plight. And, He is returning. Count on it.

Universal Digest is a proponent for community activity. It is part of elevating the human condition where we live. Whether we may help where it is local, regional, or global; we provide it where we can do so.

There is certainly not enough of it to go around for so many.

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Hands in the Community is changing lives for the better. This is a testament to elevating the human condition.


Hands in the Community is the hub of five main ministries under AMP Ministries to reach different niches of people. The other ministries include Biblical Counseling, Kids 4 the King, and Senior Care. HNC (Hands in the Community) is a 501(c)3 organization. Funding for projects is always an issue. At this time, HNC is in need of a Director for one ministry. Currently, there are thirty projects underway every month. Consequently, volunteers are always most welcome to help.

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Lester Moon, Founder, Executive Director of Hands in the Community in an exclusive interview.

Lester Moon is the Founder and Executive Director. Hands in the Community operates under AMP Ministries. He created HNC eleven years ago. The project volume is increasing. Projects have almost doubled from last year. That is good news and bad news. With growth comes needs for more funding and volunteers.


Today, I had the pleasure to interview a friend in the community. From the time Lester Moon approached the Visalia police chief with an idea to help the community, his efforts have been fruitful. The following is the latest video from October 3rd:

Lester shared two heart-felt stories in his video. Hands in the Community is not a food shelter. It is not a homeless shelter. HNC and its ministries are there to help others in the community. At the call center, requests are taken. Then, volunteers are assembled to help those requesting it. Active volunteers have ranged in ages from 13 to 81 years.


In the Hands in the Community Mission Statement, helping others is supported with Bible scripture. Among these precepts in the mission are helping the church in reaching out to the community, building relationships, giving hope, rapid response in loving their neighbors, reaching out to others, giving glory to the Lord, and loving one another. Please go to the ‘Get Involved’ menu to apply in a number of ways to volunteer.


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In love and giving we find our purpose.

In the HNC website, another area in the ‘About’ section is the FAC area where most asked questions are answered. These include answers to qualifications, volunteering, donating, community service, safety, and using their services. In the ‘Need Help’ menu button it is explained that when contacted their help begins immediately. Those interested can click on the ‘Donations’ section it is stated that they are tax-deductible.


When one clicks on the ‘Events’ menu there are a number of scheduled shows and performances where tickets can be purchased well into 2020. Cleto Rodriguez is a stand-up comedian who has opened for well-known performers as Paul Rodriguez, Linda Ronstadt, Toby Mac, and B. B. King. Mark Robinson is a comedian-magician who has opened at comedy clubs, TV commercials, Las Vegas, NBA half-times, and Jimmy Kimmel Live. Also, he performs as Jeff Foxworthy’s opening act. Other events such as barbecues and the like are planned during the year.

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The next Comedy Blast is scheduled for February 28, 2020.

The next comedic and magic event is scheduled to play at Visalia First Assembly of God, which is a 2,600 seat auditorium on February 28, 2020. Tickets can be purchased in the Events section at Hands in the Community’s website here.

For those interested in what Hands in the Community have on schedule, please click the ‘Newsletter’ menu option to sign up with an email address.


Whether it is a fair, community outreach event, or another function, Hands in the Community with its volunteers is available to share its mission, as well as, show what they do to help people in various towns and cities in Tulare and Kings Counties.

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Volunteers in action greeting the community with what they do to help others

Above is just one of many testimonies that are found at the HNC website. At this time, hundreds of volunteer are devoting their time to foster help to those, without charge who otherwise would not have the hope of being able to pay for services. These services provided include so many domestic repairs such as painting and landscape cleanups.


Hands in the Community has a call center. From there, outreach to help others is planned and scheduled. After over ten years of service where Lester Moon who had performed services in the San Francisco city and bay area, he brought his expertise to central California. Specifically, he brought it to Visalia. After a number of meetings with city officials, he began Hands in the Community. Now, in its eleventh year, he and his team of Directors, Office Managers, and volunteers are busier than ever.

Here is how Hands in the Community can be reached: Office Phone Number: (559) 625-3822 Website: Please scroll down at the ‘Home’ section to donate, volunteer or sponsor.

The hours of operation for this ministry is as follows in the Pacific US Time Zone: Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Friday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Saturday-Sunday, Closed.


This has been a compelling article to complete. Because, how many times do we go through a work-a-day world without consideration for others? I dare say, it is most often. When do we think that all things are taken care of without our help? This is a fascinating thought for all to ponder. How much do you care? When do you consider giving instead of taking? Hands in the Community is operating to give to those who really need help. Otherwise, they may not get it. Yes, viewers it is happening right here in the United States, too.

Thank you for reading and viewing. Because, somewhere in our local area, someone is going to read this and be moved to act. This is my hope. I take this time with humility to publish this for all of you. And, if there is someone (or more than one) who needs help, please take the time to contact Hands in the Community.

Universal Digest is a proponent for community activity. It is part of elevating the human condition where we live. Whether it is local, regional, or global, help where it is possible is shared.

There is certainly not enough of it to go around for so many.

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