Hidden History: Jeanette Harris

Black History Month

FRESNO, California (KGPE) – On a sunny afternoon in Fresno the sounds of people laughing and pool table balls crashing set the stage for a fun afternoon at the Harris Home on Kearney.

“The individuals here are amazing. all they want is to feel loved.” said provider Jeanette Harris 

Harris who worked in care facilities for almost a decade loves bringing joy to the people around her.  She finds it rewarding.

“We work with individuals with intellectual disabilities,” Harris explained

Harris, who works at a residential living facility as an administrator set doctor appointments and made sure staffers are trained.

It’s a labor of love that she developed while participating in a program at Roosevelt high school.

“I had a friend we would walk around the school and hang out.”

We would soon learn that Harris’ desire to bring joy extended well beyond the confines of her workspace.  Sitting in her studio her love of music was transparent.

Harris’ recent trip to Japan only added to a prestigious resume that also included stops in London with Tina Marie, New York, Boston, and Chicago.

It’s the fruit of seeds planted when she was only six years old. Harris’ father played the tuba and organ. She chose the sax, a move which guided her to a full scholarship to Berkley College of Music in Boston.

“I busted my butt through four years of cold weather I am going to travel and do all of the good stuff,” Harris said.

“It’s kind of like a party, it makes people feel good.”

Fulfilling her dream of providing joy from the main stage while inspiring those that will follow.

“See it dream it.”

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