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Enjoy San Joaquin Valley Living

My Town

May 26, 2018 11:00AM ● By Enjoy Magazine

Phil Skei, 

Revitalization Manager at the City of Fresno; 

Co-Pastor On Ramps Covenant Church


We fell in love with our city…


My wife and I were both born and raised in Fresno. Never left. I was raised in northwest Fresno, my wife in southwest Fresno. Me – white.  She - African American. We met at Edison High School, in a science class.  I was a senior.  She was a freshman. 

I know.  Who meets in science class?!

Our journey together would begin here and lead us into a relationship with our city we never imagined.  We would start on Herndon & Maple and end on Belmont & Blackstone.

We liked our city, but we fell in love with our city. Every face. Tattoos. Stumbling. Toothless. The ill and the well. Dancers and dentists. Baseball players and bus drivers. This city became our city and its people became our neighbors.

We have learned that we make room for love when we make room for relationships. And the closer we get, the more committed we become; the more we use our talents and passions to help each person, each block, each neighborhood fulfill their destiny.

Today, my wife is one of our neighborhood’s biggest cheerleaders, and I am a cheerleader for neighborhoods like ours all across our city. We are in love, and we get to live out our love together for the rest of our lives. We live in Fresno, and our lives have forever been changed because Fresno lives in us.