Our impact reaches far beyond Stockton. We are part of a national movement to transform communities by giving power and hope back to those closest to the issues and therefore, the solutions. We empower our people, influence policy, inspire philanthropy, advocate locally and nationally for progressive social change. Click here to see our Annual Report and testimonials below.


Daniel Zingale, Senior Advisor for Governor Newsom, formerly the VP of The California Endowment

"Fathers & Families of San Joaquin is a force of good. Led by Sammy Nunez and fueled by those with the lived experience, they are bringing revolutionary change to Stockton, California."

Shiree Teng, Evaluation and Organizational Development Consultant

“As a learning and evaluation consultant to many social justice groups and their funders for the past 20 years, Sammy was the first person to challenge me to figure out how to measure love. He inspires me to reach higher, grow my evaluation chops, and to ground my and our liberation work in love. This world needs so many more leaders like Sammy to transform our communities ravaged by hatred and oppression to ones that are full of compassion, restoration grounded in our true humanity and power.”

Matt Cervantes, Sierra Health Foundation

Fathers and Families of San Joaquin have become a national model for culturally rooted, racial justice activism and healing centered services. Having worked with Sammy Nunez and his team since 2009, I’ve been impressed with the unwavering commitment in ensuring the values of the organization are grounded in the very community the organization serves.

Hector Sanchez Flores, The National Compadres Network

“Sammy inspires me because he is the living example of what happens when you reclaim your sacredness and work to convert your personal struggle into medicine so that others can discover theirs. He is working to build a community of authentic and sacred community protectors. Ultimately FFSJ helps people realize their healing and reminds us all that we are in this together.”

Mike de La Rocha, Revolve Impact

“FFSJ is a leading organization at the forefront of community transformation and healing. I am consistently inspired by their bold, courageous and inclusive vision for social change, their process of centering our family members most impacted by poverty and mass incarceration and their ability to lead region-wide and statewide campaigns that result in concrete policy and structural change. Thank you Sammy and the rest of the FFSJ team for your leadership, love for our families and the respect for our collective humanity.”