By Lacey Stepter
Special to the Sun
Federal and local government officials met at the Canyon Hills Assembly Church of God in Bakersfield with CityServe to address challenges that face our local and rural communities. Lynn Johnson the assistant Secretary of the Department of Human and Health Services and a Trump administration official was joined by Mayor Karen Goh and Senator Shannon Grove in a brief discussion on the struggles of our community and how we are addressing them. Johnson stated “there’s never any patience for just talking” and admitted that our communities have “stolen a piece of my heart.” She challenged our faith communities to help find permanent homes for the young people in foster care stating that “today we need to make sure people come forward and provide forever homes for those children in foster care.” She also noted that the Trump administration is “all for” the CityServe organization and she plans on returning to Kern County in the future.
CityServe is a faith-based organization in collaboration with local churches, non-profit organizations, and major store chains, such as Costco, to provide items such as furniture, food, and clothing to families in need. However, CityServe wants to do more than just that. They want to provide long-lasting relationships with these families in order to better their lives and give them hope. CityServe has 10 focal points that they address specifically and those are orphans, the hungry, the oppressed, prisoners, the vulnerable, the exploited, the addicted, widows, poverty-stricken and unemployed, and the nation of Israel. CityServe is working with over 80 churches locally including churches in the Kern River Valley, Wasco, Delano, Shafter, Taft, Lamont, Ridgecrest, and Tehachapi. If you would like to volunteer or become a part of CityServe you can go to CityServeSoCal.com for more information.