Great community response helps foster children and former foster youth

Covenant Community Services, Inc. (Covenant) is in the process of opening a coffee-house in the space currently used as administrative offices. The Coffee House is a social enterprise of Covenant that includes specialty coffee roasting facilities, retail sales, a pour-over drip coffee bar and a full espresso bar. The purpose of the new venture is to employ former foster…

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The Legacy of Alan Smith

I’ll never forget the day my dear friend, Velma, told me she got a boyfriend. It wasn’t so much the “getting” of the boyfriend but just how it happened. It was the early days of popularity of the internet and show like “You got mail” were attempting to adequately cover the societal shift to the…

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Please Pray for Kern County Royal Family Kids Camp of 2011

Kern County will celebrate the 17th annual Royal Family Kids Camp (RFKC) hosted by Canyon Hills Assembly of God and administered by Covenant Community Services, Inc. (Covenant). RFKC is a week-long summer camp designed especially for the foster child. The curriculum is built around resiliency and best practices in social welfare mixed in with the love of God.…

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A reminder of hope from a special guest

We had the privilege this week of a visit from a former foster family that adopted children while with Covenant Foster Care. Rick Hourigan brought his wonderful family in from Arizona for a family visit and surprised our team with a brief stop. Our team was tremendously encouraged by the visit. I really didn’t know…

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A reminder of hope from a special guest

We had the privilege this week of a visit from a former foster family that adopted children while with Covenant Foster Care. Rick Hourigan brought his wonderful family in from Arizona for a family visit and surprised our team with a brief stop. Our team was tremendously encouraged by the visit. I really didn’t know…

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Covenant Family Fun Day at Murray Farms

Covenant Community Services, Inc. is partnering with Murray Family Farms and Middlebrook and Brehmer to host the inaugural “Covenant Family Fun Day” benefitting foster children and former foster youth. Murray Family Farms is a family owned and operated farm on the outskirts of Bakersfield. The day will include hay rides, a petting zoo, picking fruit, mazes…

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Child Abuse Prevention Month Resources

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month in the United States. The designation is a reminder that child abuse and neglect is a serious issue that plagues our nation. There are 500,000 children in the out-of-home foster care system in The United States but many more children that suffer abuse daily. In 2009, more than…

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Child Abuse and Neglect Month Thoughts and Action Points

April is declared National Child Abuse and Neglect prevention month in the United States.  http://www.childwelfare.gov/preventing/preventionmonth/ The month of April usually ushers in Spring and celebrates Easter. April is also a somber month to reflect upon the Giant of Child Abuse and Neglect in our communities. Child abuse and neglect is a horrible plight throughout the…

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Mentoring Provides Hope, Future for Foster Youth

Hope can come in a variety of ways…The Jeremiah Mentoring Project delivers hope through you..the mentor. The Project’s Director, Michael Moustakis explains who a mentor is, and the difference it can make in the life of a youth. For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD , “plans to prosper you and…

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