Flood appoints new Executive Director

PRESS RELEASE
Flood Bakersfield Ministries

The Board of Directors for Flood Bakersfield Ministries is pleased to announce the appointment of Jim Wheeler as the new Executive Director for the organization.

“I am very pleased that Jim will be joining Flood Bakersfield”, said Karen Tjepkema, President of Flood Board of Directors. “Jim’s wealth of experience with homelessness and in our community will help us continue our vision of ending chronic homelessness in Kern County. Jim brings the leadership needed to carry on our efforts in the community to address the issues of homelessness. We look forward to working with him as we strive to make a difference in the lives of those who are experiencing homelessness.”

Jim comes to Flood Bakersfield having most recently served as the Continuum of Care (CoC) Manager for the County of Orange. In that position, Jim worked with the public and private sector to address issues of homelessness in Orange County. As the Coe Manager, Jim led a project that included the clearing of a 700-person encampment on the Santa Ana Riverbed. Jim’s team also played a crucial role in the creation of hundreds of new shelter beds, the management of over $23 million in U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) homeless services and housing funding and the revamping of the county’ s homeless system of care in response to a federal lawsuit.

“I am honored and thankful that the Board of Directors for Flood Bakersfield has given me this opportunity to serve the organization and community,” said Wheeler. ” I respect the mission of Flood and believe that providing services designed to meet the physical, relational and spiritual needs for those who are deeply impoverished in our community is a noble cause. I look forward to working with Flood staff and making a difference in Kern County.”

Jim’s previous experience includes serving as Pastor in Wasco churches for 17 years; working for United Way of Kern County, where he developed programs to help low-income families become self-sufficient and on community projects to combat chronic homelessness; and serving as the Executive Director for the Wasco Housing Authority and the Golden Empire Gleaners. Jim has served as Chairman of the Kern County Homeless Collaborative, on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity Golden Empire and Community Action Partnership of Kern, and as an adjunct professor in the School of Business at Fresno Pacific University. Jim has a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Fresno Pacific University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University, Bakersfield. He has four children and five grandchildren.

Flood Bakersfield Ministries is a faith-based nonprofit providing homeless outreach and supportive services to Kern County since 2006.