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Bakersfield Homeless Center receives grant to help support afterschool and job development program

Bakersfield, CA (KERO) —The Bakersfield Homeless Center received a $ 95,000 grant from Bank of America to support its after-school and job development programs.

The grant will be used to fund the 2021-2022 school year after-school champ camp program and to purchase a new box van with a lift to be used in the employment development program.

According to BHC officials, the Champ Camp Program supports children and their families experiencing homelessness by providing an after-school program that enhances education for children from kindergarten to second grade.

According to one release, a stay-at-home order from the COVID-19 pandemic last year almost tripled the number of students in the program and depleted money as Champ Camp turned into a full-time program to support distance learning. Did. Learning. With a grant from Bank of America, the program will be able to continue until the next school year, as the children will return to their normal school schedule, the release said.

BHC’s Employment Development Program is a resource that connects homeless and at-risk individuals with part-time and entry-level employment opportunities and provides training to qualified individuals looking for employment. The center box van vehicle plays an important role in providing the driving experience required by many of these positions. Bank of America grants help the center purchase new vehicles with lifts used for training purposes. Vehicles are also used to help the center receive donations and supplies.



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