Covenant Wraps Up Foster Care Month

May was a busy month for Covenant Community Services and Covenant Coffee. May 7th marked the tenth anniversary of the coffee house opening at 1700 North Chester Ave., in Bakersfield, California. This date marks much more than a brick-and-mortar opening of a business; it was the launch of the Headquarters of Hope, or HQ of…

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Stories of hope and struggle face foster youth

Below are links to good articles that appeared recently in the news. These stories of hope and struggle are meant to inspire and inform. They are shared to encourage and educate.  Please share this link with those you think would benefit from the positive examples and overcoming stories. Some stories are a sad reflection of…

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Creating spaces for transformation 

The backstory of this picture began almost 20 years ago. The year was 1998 and it was a tough year for the Martin family. We were going through a lot as a young couple and God was at work in our life. Little did we know what was going to transpire in the years and…

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An errand reminds of purpose and hope

This last week, Kim and I ran some errands and one took us to a local pet store. As we approached the storefront, I noticed a young man crouched near the entrance and he was begging for support. I shook it off yet noted his youth and despair. As we shopped, the thought of the…

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Nonprofit serving foster youth wins Green Award

Covenant Community Services, a Kern County nonprofit organization serving foster children and former foster youth,  was awarded the Kern Green Sustainable Purchasing Award at the Kern Green Awards Banquet held at Cal State Bakersfield. The award to Covenant Coffee was in the category of Sustainable Purchasing was for paying a fair price to coffee farmers, repurposing metal…

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Coming Soon to the Ford Theater: Covenant Coffee House

  Covenant is excited to announce the expansion of service to Shafter, California. Here is the back-story. In May of 2013, Larry Starrh reached out to Covenant Coffee inquiring about a partnership to launch a coffee house in Shafter, California. The Starrh Family has been in Shafter for many generations. They purchased the old Ford Dealership and…

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Abuse inside foster care system is horrific

News came out this morning of an incident of child abuse and neglect inside the foster care system. This is appalling. It is horrible that a child is ever abused or neglected.  It is shocking and horrific when a child is abused or neglected in a system that is supposed to bring stability and safety.…

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Covenant Coffee Launches at Bakersfield Racquet Club

Covenant Coffee will launch a new restaurant at the Bakersfield Racquet Club.  The new venture is a partnership between two existing nonprofit organizations that hopes to revitalize the neighborhood, the tennis club and the lives of former foster youth. It all begins this Friday. The partnership developed out of discussions as encouraged by local community members…

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Foster Care, Former Foster Youth, and Oprhans in the News

The team at Covenant Community Services, Inc. has compiled informative articles from the news media regarding foster care, former foster youth and orphans. The news is gleaned from around the world and will help the community stay informed about current issues, best practices and ways to get involved. General Foster Care News Foster care population drops…

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