HANFORD —When Cecil Lewis “Lew” Frasieur and Ellen Frasieur celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1999, they received a photo album; and in the back of that photo album were numerous letters thanking the Frasieurs for their kindness over the years.
The Frasieurs had lived in a home that sits on the corner of Redington and Keith streets since the summer of 1967. When the couple’s three children grew up and moved out of the house, they rented the rooms out to anyone who needed a place to stay — for only $50 a month.
The Frasieurs helped so many people, not even they could remember the names of all the people they took in, son Jeff Frasieur said.
After they both died, their children, Forest Frasieur, Jeff Frasieur and Caralee Stevens contacted Champions about taking over the house to be used as a sober residence for Hannah's House women and their children.
The Frasieur children wanted the house — which sits right next door to Hannah’s House — to be kept for the original purpose that their parents lived by: which was community giving and community mindedness.
The new sober residence, aptly named the Frasieur Home, had a grand opening Monday and is nothing short of an homage to the type of people the Frasieurs were.
“This is really what my mother and father would have loved to have done with the house,” Stevens said.
It’s been around 10 years since the Frasieurs advocated on behalf of bringing residential treatment program Hannah’s House into the Hanford community. Jeff Frasieur said when there were complaints from residents about the kind of women that would be living in Hannah’s House, his father went to a public city meeting and said he didn’t have any problem at all with the women moving into the neighborhood.
Crystal Hernandez, executive director of Champions, previously told the Sentinel places like Hannah’s House — which provides substance abuse treatment, counseling and education to women — are not always welcomed into a community, so the Frasieur’s help was instrumental in getting the residence opened.
Hannah’s House houses around 20 women, whose length of stay depends on the level of the individual client’s needs. The Frasieur Home will be a sober living residence for five graduates at a time from Hannah’s House before they find a permanent home.
Hernandez said the home will give clients a cushion between treatment and finding a permanent home. While at the home, the women will continue to volunteer in the community, participate in alumni functions with Champion’s, and most of all, stay connected with the support system they created while at Hannah’s House.
While at the Frasieur Home, clients can look for jobs and begin looking for their own apartments for themselves and their families when they are ready to move to the next step in their lives. They will also get to continue outpatient treatment with Champions.
Different organizations and individuals came together and sponsored rooms and decorated them differently and uniquely. Hernandez said bringing in community sponsors gives the women a sense of being embraced and supported by the community.
“Everything in this house has been donated,” Hernandez said, adding many of the donors set up the furniture and decorated the rooms themselves. “There are just a lot of little touches that they put into this to really make it personal.”
The house was completely remodeled, though many of the structure's original features, like cabinets and windows, remain the same. Jeff Frasieur and Stevens were amazed at the home’s transformation, calling it “absolutely beautiful.”
“I really love what they’ve done with it,” Stevens said.
“This is perfect for their house,” Jeff Frasieur said.
Hernandez said there are just a few more finishing touches left, but for the most part, the home is ready.
She said the home’s first resident, a graduate from Hannah’s House, will be moving into the home with her children in the next couple weeks. She said other women at Hannah’s House are excited about the future because they know there will be someplace for them to go after they graduate.
In addition to Hannah’s House, Champions operates Samuel’s House, the Rylie Brennen Home and Amanda’s Home, which are all residential treatment programs that cater to specific populations.