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No Community Center, Now What?

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Thank you to all who have volunteered at the California Avenue Veterans Hall over the past five years and participated in its renovation. We are so grateful for your steadfast support and service.

So, you heard that Flood Bakersfield closed its Community Outreach center, but you still want to help Flood impact lives in Bakersfield. What can you do?

Flood has 500 participants in housing (over 280 households) that need long term advocacy and support. In addition, we continue to place families and individuals in permanent supportive housing.  This is where the opportunity for long term relationships really deepens. We are asking volunteers that have traditionally served at the Saturday celebrations to consider sharing life with our housed clients that have transitioned out of homelessness.

Some ways to serve are:

  1. Serving a meal and sharing conversation on a certain night with a small group of residents  (perfect for a family)
  2. Participating in delivery of groceries to our housed residents including prayer and a visit. (Home Teams)
  3. Churches or small groups serving a meal to one of our larger complexes including worship and a message. (Celebrations)

The George family serves up “family dinner” at a local apartment
complex where Flood has several residents.


Calvary Bible serving up Chick-Fila and leading worship at
Green Gardens.

“To say simply it was not what we expected or – it was more than we expected, would fail to communicate the remarkable evening we spent at Green Gardens. The change of focus from finding and rescuing homeless people, to meeting and celebrating their success at finding shelter and living a better life was a GREAT idea. Janice and I were blessed brilliantly last Friday night and would like to thank those who had the wisdom to shift the way we work with Flood.” ~ Calvary Bible Volunteer

Learn more about these new opportunities by contacting Flood!

Thank you!


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Reducing Homelessness

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Amanda

Amanda and her four beautiful children are among the hundreds whom Flood has helped make the transition from homelessness.

Before lasting life transformation can take place, one’s life circumstances have to change.

Building Lasting Relationships is Key

Providing numerous opportunities to gather regularly enables Flood to touch many individuals 2-3 times a week. Such opportunities are chronicled throughout this web site. Our consistent presence in the community allows individuals to rebuild structure in their life and, for many, to begin the transition from homelessness.

For many whom we’ve helped find housing, we first made contact with them through our Saturday outreach, Community Celebrations. Still others receive housing supportive services through Flood’s administrative office. In all cases, our philosophy is to share the love of Jesus with everyone we contact. Through this, and by implemented models of service that have proven successful in other cities in the nation, Flood is striving to end homelessness in Bakersfield. While ending homelessnss may sound incredible, we believe it can become a reality. It can’t happen, however, without the community’s support through prayer, finances and volunteerism.

 

 


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Community Transformation

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The Southeast Ministry Center continues to dramatically increase the number of lives touched on a regular basis. Every week hundreds of people pass through our center’s doors. On any given day you’ll find job training, substance abuse intervention, a bilingual Bible study, men’s or women’s discipleship breakfast, other support groups or an after-school reading program. Hundreds of children and family members take part in our summertime ministries that include a vacation Bible school, weekly feeding and other enrichment activities for neighborhood children.

How did all these ministry programs take root and grow so quickly? There is a demonstrated need for our prevention and intervention services for the homeless, underserved and gang impacted individuals who reside in one of Bakersfield’s most violent and challenging neighborhoods.

Consistency Over Time Creates Lasting Transformation
Flood’s philosophy is simple: love ’em, love ’em and then love ’em some more. Just like Jesus does. Providing numerous opportunities to gather regularly and street outreach enables Flood to touch many individuals 2-3 times a week. Our consistent presence in the community allows individuals to rebuild structure in their life and, for many, to begin the transition from homelessness or other life challenges. Many clients also receive housing supportive services through Flood’s administrative office. While needs are being met, lives are being transformed.