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Poverello House CEO Avila announces resignation

Cruz Avila, the chief executive officer of Fresno’s Poverello House, announced his resignation from the organization Thursday morning.

The Poverello House, one of Fresno’s preeminent nonprofits dedicated to the needy and homeless, was founded in 1973.

“I have been given the blessing of receiving a white canvas to paint a true picture that will create a masterpiece on our homeless concerns,” Avila said in a statement to The Sun. “It has been though my working experience and collaborations that has lead me on this new journey and continue to provide HOPE to those in need.”

Avila joined the nonprofit in 2013 as its executive director.

“The Board of Directors is grateful for Cruz Avila’s leadership as he helped guide Poverello House to a greater alignment with its mission of enriching the lives and spirits of all who pass our way,” Tom Ferdinandi, co-chair of Poverello’s board said in a statement.

Avila helped launch the Multi-Agency Access Program Point, better known as MAP Point, to serve as a centralized services locale for a variety of needy populations – from those suffering from homelessness, substance abuse, and mental health needs.

In the release announcing his resignation, Avila is said to be serving in a CEO capacity for “another local, community minded organization.”

The Poverello House has begun a search for his replacement.

Alex Tavlian is the Executive Editor of The San Joaquin Valley Sun and Executive Director of Valley Future Foundation. You can reach Alex at