Tonight in Bakersfield, many of our neighbors will go to bed hungry, homeless and hopeless.
Participants in The Mission at Kern County’s recovery programs often speak of discovering what it means to be truly loved and accepted — of experiencing a sense of family for the first time. Then, after 1 year, they must make a choice to either leave that newfound community, or remain on campus for up to an additional year.
The transition back into society — even for a strong, healthy program graduate — can be extremely difficult. The Aftercare program was created to facilitate this move from one community to another by providing our residents continued one-on-one counseling, budgeting, life skills, loving churches and each other as they transition to their Next Step in life.
The Next Step
Thanks to community supporters, in spring of 2013, we unveiled a transitional living a 16 bed home for our men. And in the early fall, that same year, The Mission completed a home for up to 8 of our women graduates.
The Mission provides graduates of our 1-year Discipleship program an opportunity to live in a sober environment for up to 9 months while continuing to receive vital life-skills and job readiness training.