BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Second Annual 23ABC Bakersfield Baby Shower is just around the corner on November 19. One of the hosts, The Mission at Kern County, has a center on their campus dedicated to helping women and children who are trying to get back on their feet.
The Mission at Kern County opened the Women and Children's Recovery Home in May 2018. They help with about 20 to 25 women per year. For them, it's not about the number of women they help, but the long term rehabilitation.
The center aims to pinpoint underlying issues that lead to women experiencing homelessness.
The curriculum: one-on-one counseling, relapse prevention, budgeting workshops, and essentially a 'residency' in the mission's encore boutique to teach women long-term job skills. There's a graduation at the end of the 18-month program.
The center is not just about the moms they want to help but meant to be a temporary home for children that come with them.
Carlos Baldovinos of the Mission adds that about 25% of the children that enter the center with their mothers are babies.