I've gotten to know Covenant by helping them obtain permits for some of their building projects. I drop in their coffee house on North Chester every once in a while and buy some of their great coffee and talk everyonce in a while to the youth they help out. One of them told me it was the only place she has ever felt special. I about lost it... I knew for sure then they were doing great things and filling a much needed gap in the "post" foster care system.
I have had a few occasions to stop in for coffee and meetings at the Covenant Coffee shop. Not only do they make a great cup of coffee, but they serve it well, the atmosphere is creative and inviting and the cause for helping Foster Youth is rewarding. I have also had opportunities to work along side Randy and Kim in a professional capacity. Their passion is contagious and their drive is nearly unstoppable. They run a great non-profit expanding into the community in numerous ways in order to help change lives. It's challanging work, but they do it very well.
Covenant Community Services truly makes a difference... not only in the lives of the former foster youth they serve but also to those who join in their efforts. From the moment you walk in the doors of their coffee house in Oildale/Bakersfield, Ca. you can see the attention to detail of what it takes to not only serve a fantastic cup of GREAT coffee but the young people serving it. Covenant's roots started in Bakersfield, with the founders (Randy and Kim Martin) and grew to the young former foster youth that serve the coffee (and good food). This place is a true place of HOPE. Hope for the young adults that serve you but even hope for the supporters of this fantastic organization. Every time you buy a cup of coffee you are supporting more than you can imagine. Your support allows young adults to thrive in the learning of business world, self-confidence, and how to grow character while receiving a pay check. Covenant has really figured it out. I am proud to say I support Covenant Community Services and the many things they offer to our community!
I appreciate that Covenant Community Services not only helps former foster children become responsible adults, but that they provide valuable services to our community. One trip to the coffee shop will remind you of days gone by. These people understand customer service. Each time I go I am pretty sure that I am their most important customer of the day! Good Job!
This nonprofit is, perhaps, one of the most unique approaches to the issues of foster children and their plight as adults in the country. Kudos for the organizers and volunteers....they deserve much credit, and significant funding from private and public sources.
I first became aware of Covenant Community Services while at a local bicycle race in Bakersfield, California. I was drawn to their booth for the very good reason that they were offering delicious hot coffee. While there, I learned that they have a program to help successfully transition former foster care youth into the working adult world. One vehicle Covenant uses to accomplish this goal is in training youth to roast, grind, and sell premium coffee. Since then, I have become a regular customer of Covenant Coffee, purchasing freshly ground coffee for my home, as well as purchasing the coffee we use in our church fellowship hall. I am exceptionally impressed with the work that Covenant Community Services is doing and enthusiastically recommend them!
Peter Wonderly - Bakersfield, CA