Rescue mission turns 60, holds banquet

Executive: Want to unveil hope for organization

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Bakersfield Rescue Mission is hosting a banquet at Valley Bible Fellowship Church to celebrate turning 60-years old on Oct. 11.

The event will highlight stories from residents at the Mission, a keynote address from Ryan Dobson, and a musical performance from Christian recording artist Shawn McDonald.


“This event will allow us to share our founders vision of the Mission with the community, and unveil our hope for the future of this organization,” said Mission Executive Director Carlos Baldovinos.

In 1952, Reverend Alonzo Heath and a small group of Bakersfield men opened the Rescue Mission with the goal of providing food, clothing, shelter, and an opportunity for rehabilitation through Christian counseling.

The mission was incorporated as a non-denominational religious serviced institution in October 1952, qualifying as a non-profit organization.

“We are excited to show the community how their support has grown this organization over the years,” said Baldovinos.

“The community should experience the impact of what they helped build.” 

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