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Kern County hears pope's message to help the...

Posted at 6:06 PM, Sep 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-25 21:06:34-04

The Pope delivering a message to congress that has nothing to do with religion, being compassionate and caring for those going through difficult times.

"I really felt it was a call to action for our nation also for our people in our community to say hey there's a need. There’s something that has gone on for a long time with homelessness and how can we help those that our down and out and less fortunate," said Carlos Baldovinos the director of the Mission at Kern County.

As Pope Francis continues his visit on the east coast, organizations that serve the needy here in Kern County appreciate that the pontiff is bringing up this issue of homelessness.

“As a people it’s important that we don’t marginalize someone that we don’t have groups that we push away as different and unworthy, we need to stand with them,” said Louis Gill, the CEO of the Bakersfield Homeless Shelter.

The Bakersfield Homeless Shelter and the Mission at Kern County serve thousands of homeless families every year by providing meals, shelter and clothing to those in need. These organizations hope the Pope's message will help change the perception of those who need it most.