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Mission's new women and children center brings hope to families

Women and Children recovery home set to open Thurs
Posted at 4:34 PM, Apr 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-01 00:16:36-04

It’s move in day in downtown Bakersfield


Volunteers from the Mission at Kern County’s men’s discipleship program helping to move nearly 40 mattress donated by Urner’s, and Urner’s z’s Please Center into the Lee and Krystyna Jamieson Recovery Home for Women and Children.

The finishing touches for a project nearly two years in the making. The Mission at Kern County executive director Carlos Baldovinos, giving 23ABC a first look inside their newest project, aimed at addressing a critical need in our community. 

“This is great for our city, it’s great for our community,” said Baldovinos. 

Baldovinos says the recovery home will provide a comfortable environment for women in recovery. A place where those coming out of the darkest days of their life—can be given new hope.  

”Women who are going through recovery and have been abused, the kids usually have been part of that problem, and have seen it. so we want to work with them as a family, as a whole,” said Baldovinos. 

The Mission’s new program geared towards women with substance abuse issues ranging from opioid, methamphetamine addiction, and chronic alcohol abuse. 

According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, more than 15-million women have used illicit drugs in the past year—and every three minutes a women goes to the emergency room for prescription painkiller misuse, or abuse.

The center able to provide care for up to 38 women and children. Each bedroom features buck-style living—giving residents the feeling of a home, rather than a traditional recovery setting. 

“A donation like this this is pretty big for us,” Baldovinos says as he walks us through a bedroom. 

“financially…it would have put us in a different spot if we had to go buy this, them donating this to us it’s pretty incredible.” 

Baldovinos raising nearly $2-million dollars for the project in just 9-months—a capitol campaign that was entirely supported by community donations. 

When the mission officially opens the center Thursday, Baldovinos says this project will be debt free.

”Kern county, they just work together they see that there is a need, and they want to fill it.”