papa mike

View to the Soul

Posted: July 27, 2018 by Kiku Gross

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Mike McGarvin

Mike McGarvin, better known to the community as Papa Mike, came to Fresno 45 years ago as a photoengraver for the Fresno Bee, but was looking for a way to repay God for saving his life.

He started fulfilling his mission by taking to the streets and feeding Fresno’s homeless. With peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, chili, and a heart full of good intentions, he began a small roaming ministry. And, eventually his cause needed a home. That’s when he started the Poverello house, named after the Poverello Cafe in San Francisco that saved his life.

July’s ArtHop exhibit, View to the Soul was a tribute to Papa Mike, and the people he cared for. We reached out to five different local photographers with a range of styles and experience to volunteer their time to document the turbulent climate of homelessness in the Fresno area.

Featuring art from Keith Seaman (the artist featured in our September Art Hop, of Drivebys), Peter Herzog, Lisa Ann Warren, Lance Pearce and Joel Pickford, View to the Soul was an honest and unflinching look into the plight of the people who live their lives on the streets.

Our guests assembled over 300 care packages to be distributed to the those in need and 100% of the event proceeds went to the Poverello House. If you’d like to make a donation or volunteer your time with the Poverello House, please visit  or call (559) 498-6988 you can also email

And don’t forget, our next Art Hop on August 2, Poor_Connection, featuring the art of Chris Ruh! RSVP Here: 

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