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The Tour – How BHC Started

How We Started


BHC Began With An Idea

Bethany Services was founded in 1972 and owns and operates the Bakersfield Homeless Center. In 1991, Bethany transitioned from a soup kitchen to a full-service homeless shelter primarily serving homeless women and families.

The Bakersfield Homeless Center has provided year-around emergency shelter, food, clothing and supportive services for more than fifteen years. During that period, the BHC provided more than 3 million hot meals, 727,226 warm beds, 3,445 jobs and 3,537 housing placements.

Follow Louis Gill as he walks us through the Bakersfield Homeless Center’s mission and how it is pursued daily at the Center.

Our Mission: The mission of the Bakersfield Homeless Center is to provide the support and resources to families and individuals in crisis while helping them to achieve their highest level of self-sufficiency.

“…fastest growing segment of the
homeless population, women and children.”
Louis Gill – Executive Director, BHC

BHC is providing for families all across Kern County.

We take pride in the people that we help. Connect with us online and follow how we are changing our world.


Darlene Mohlke
Castle & Cooke Homes

“Castle & Cooke has always believed in helping the community. We have partnered with Bakersfield Homeless Center for many years and believe they are making a great impact in our community.”