The Mission:

To put an end to homelessness in Kern County through collaborative planning and action.

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For information: Homelessness Resources Administrative Assistant Jessica M. Janssen (661) 834-1580 or 


Hunger and Homelessness Week


We believe that understanding the issue is always the first step in resolving it. Watch this week for a social media campaign about the myths and realities of homelessness. Here are some resources with great information about the challenges of being homeless and working to end homelessness:

Everyone can make a difference if each person helps just a little:

  • Clean your closets and donate household items (from dishtowels to refrigerators, people from the streets being “welcomed home” can use any gently used or new item we can gather).
  • Businesses can sponsor one household (from the streets to a roof over their head) with a $1500 donation!
  • Consider making a tax deductible donation to help the work:
  • Participate in an event (below) to help end homelessness locally!
  • Offer a homeless individual or family a smile the next time you see them. They often say “I feel invisible.”


Bakersfield Homeless Center TURKEY TROT & RUN

The  1M, 5K, 10K, Turkey Trot will be held Saturday, November 22 at 8am at Yokus Park including a Lil' Gobbler Run and craft area ($10 pre registration and $15 late registration). For the Walk Run adults are $25 and under 17 $20 for pre registration and for late registration adults are $30 and 17 and under are $25. 

The Mission at Kern County TURKEY TOSS

The Turkey Toss will be held Saturday, November 15, 10am to 2pm at Sonic Drive in on Rosedale Highwya. The first 100 to donate a frozen turkey receive a special tote bag!

United Way of Kern County TEDDY BEAR TOSS

This is the ONLY way for non-season ticket holders to get the BEST seats for the standing-room only crowd at Teddy Bear Toss on Saturday Nov. 29. Bring a new or gently used stuffed animal to the game and when the Condors score their first goal of the night, throw your bears onto the ice. Over 7,400 bears were tossed onto the ice last year bringing the all-time total to 88,227 stuffed animals, donated to various charities throughout Kern County by the United Way.


Bakersfield Burrito Project Simulated Homeless Camp:

New Life Training Center Blanket “Drive it Forward” Blanket and Jacket Drive:


If you would like to receive occasional information from the KERN COUNTY HOMELESS COLLABORATIVE please email your contact information to:  Occasional emails about the work of ending homelessness in Kern County are distributed, like the information above. For more information call 661-834-2734.

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