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The Mission at Kern County’s purpose is to offer an environment conducive to the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of the people we serve by providing hope and a future through Jesus Christ.


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A Message from our Director

Dear Friend of The Mission at Kern County,

Since I arrived here in 2010 I’ve seen God’s fingerprints throughout this ministry. Now I’m excited to confirm the next stage of his plan for our future: We feel God has led us to change our name to “The Mission at Kern County.” First, as the largest provider of homeless and addiction recovery services in all of Kern County, we want to help the community better understand who we are. This name change accurately reflects our mission field. Second, we aim to eliminate confusion about our ministry. There are a handful of other organizations that serve Bakersfield, and we want locals to know that The Mission at Kern County is the place where the homeless and addicted can come not just for a day of food and night of shelter, but Christ-centered long-term care that transforms lives. Third, this is about inspiring our faithful supporters, including you!

“You are a key part of the solution to the local issues of poverty, addiction, and homelessness.”

The ongoing economic downturn has caused unprecedented hardship in our community, and it will require an unprecedented, region wide response. Ultimately, our purpose is to provide hope and a future through Jesus Christ to our clients, and this is about fulfilling that calling more intentionally. A name change alone won’t accomplish this goal, but it’s the right start. Moving forward, you remain a key part of the solution to the local issues of poverty, addiction, and homelessness. Thank you for serving as “God’s hands” in our community. May He bless you.

Your co-worker in ministry,

Carlos Baldovinos - Executive Director