The Fresno A.A. Central Service Office involves partnership among groups in a community — just as A.A. groups themselves are partnerships of individuals. The Central Office carries out certain functions common to all the groups—functions which are best handled by a centralized office — and it’s maintained, supervised, and supported by these groups in their general interest. It exists to aid the groups in their common purpose of carrying the A.A. message to the alcoholic who still suffers.
Functions of the Fresno Central Office
By providing an Alcoholics Anonymous listing in the local telephone directory, the central office may receive inquiries from those seeking help. They will refer the caller to a nearby A.A. group, where sponsorship may be arranged, or have a twelfth stepper contact them. Many local A.A. offices now have their own Website.
The central office maintains a conveniently located office in which paid workers and/or volunteers are available to carry the message of A.A. to the alcoholic.
- Tuesday-Friday: 11:30 AM – 5:00 PM
- Saturday: 9:00 AM–1:00 PM
- Sunday-Monday: Closed
- New Year’s Day
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- Presidents Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Veterans Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Christmas Day
Office Location3636 N. First St. Suite 128 Fresno, CA (North of Shields on First Street)
24-Hour Phone: (559) 221-6907
Fax: (559) 224-8853
Semi-annually, the central office publishes and distributes up-to-date lists of meetings and other information about A.A. services.
The service office functions as a clearinghouse for the circulation and exchange of information among all the A.A. groups in the community. In this same connection, a logical function of the central office is to provide “program exchange” meetings, where group program chairpersons meet regularly to exchange meetings with other groups.
Public Information & Cooperation With the Professional Community (PI/CPC)
The central office is an ideal contact with those in the community seeking information about A.A. Thus, A.A.’s relations with the public and professionals in the alcoholism field are often handled through the cooperation of the area committee and central office.
A.A. in Hospitals and Institutions (H&I)
The central office can maintain contact with local groups in correctional facilities and treatment facilities, offering literature and prerelease A.A. contacts and arranging for A.A. speakers and visitors to meetings. When there is a correctional or treatment facility committee for this purpose, the service office may assist it through close cooperation with local hospitals and prisons.
An A.A. central office is a logical body to manage the details of an annual dinner, picnic, or convention, if the participating groups wish it.