My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Covenant Coffee, Bakersfield, CA, USA
I have been on the board of directors of Covenant for the last few years. I am always amazed at the stories from the young men and women who no longer qualified for foster care and would have been left in the cold dark world but for Covenant. They had no job training, usually had not finished high school, had no training on money management , had no job skills and no place to call home. Had Covenant not been there to give them encouragement and hope they would have in most instances become common statistics of crime, drug addiction, teen pregnancy, gang members and outcasts of society. Instead they are loved, trained, encouraged to pursue their education and helped financially so they can become productive citizens. The individual stories bring you to tears to hear how they were many times abused in the foster care system and finally just gave up, without hope that someone would truly love and care for them. Enter Covenant and their staff who truly care for and give these young adults hope for the future. The vision and reality is they train them in various pursuits including food preparation, coffee service and roasting, customer skills, and help provide housing at a low cost, train them to be good stewards in their finances and assist them with educational pursuits. They interact with at least 150 of these at risk young people monthly and intend to increase that number as time and finances allow. Covenant is an organization that is working where the rubber meets the road and is successfully meeting one of the greatest needs in our society, catching the foster children after they are given the boot from the foster system.