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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Bless a Foster Youth this Christmas and Launch a Tradition!

Covenant Community Services, Inc. (Covenant) is seeking help to restore lives and transform generations of former foster youth in Kern County. This Christmas, individuals, groups and businesses, have an opportunity to help current and former foster youth create traditions during Christmas. To that end, we are seeking financial support to provide a Christmas tree, lights,…

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Grand Opening of Coffee House Managed by Former Foster Youth

 The Grand Opening Weekend of the Shafter Covenant Coffee at the Ford Theater was an amazing event. The festivities began Saturday, September 10th at 1101 E. Lerdo Hwy in Shafter, California. The schedule of events included the Shafter Junior High Band, the High School Pep Band, a duet by Larry Starrh and Loren Barton, and the evening…

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Help Covenant give hope through Give Big Kern!

I woke up really excited this morning.  While I’m always passionate about the work I do here at Covenant Community Services and Covenant Coffee, there’s something else that’s got me pumped. Today, May 3rd, thousands of Kern County residents are going to show their support for their favorite nonprofit during GIVE BIG KERN. Today, every donation and…

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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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Be an Example In Love

Thank you for your prayers and thoughts this past week as our family faced the challenges of life. It is comforting to know many people are praying and your prayers were felt and appreciated.  As I reflect on the past weeks events, I note the example of Jesus in the lives of many friends, family…

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The Party No One Came To benefits foster children and youth

Covenant Community Services, Inc. (Covenant) is holding their end of the year fundraiser and they don’t want you to come. It is called “The Party No One Came To”. The Party is an online auction and virtual party you can attend by signing up online at www.thepartynoonecameto.com. The party was developed when Covenant CEO, Randy…

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Team from Covenant and Crossroads goes Glocal

We are headed back to Tanzania for another round of ministry. Below is critical information for our time including purpose, travel, plans and prayer needs. The team will be just two … Pastor Ken Souers, of Crossroads Christian Fellowship in Bakersfield, California, and Randy Martin, ICM USA Board Member, Covenant for Tanzania Children Founder and…

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New Hope Brewing in Oildale for Former Foster Youth

OILDALE, Calif. — There is new hope brewing in Oildale, and it centers around a new coffee shop. Covenant Community Services’ aim is to restore lives and transform generations by providing job skills and training to former foster youth. The grand opening of Covenant Coffee marks a tangible change to an area struggling with a negative reputation. “Oildale is known for meth problems, gang violence and poverty. We want to bring hope here, not only for those…

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