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COVENANT COMMUNITY SERVICES, INC.

hope lives here

aka Covenant Coffee and Covenant Transitional Housing Plus   |   Bakersfield, CA   |  http://www.covenantcs.net

Mission

Covenant Vision Statement - Covenant envisions a future where every foster youth lives in emotional, physical, relational, and spiritual wholeness thereby ending the cycle of abuse and neglect in our community. Covenant Mission Statement - Providing foster youth hope and love to restore lives and transform generations. Values Give Hope Always Provide opportunity for growth Support with love and accountability

Notes from the nonprofit

Covenant Community Services, Inc. strives to transform community by helping foster children, former foster youth and their families to succeed in life. We provide a variety of diverse and unique services and supports to help accomplish the mission. It is working. Thanks for your support and go to www.covenantcs.net to view stories of hope.

Ruling year info

2003

CEO

Mr. Randy Martin

Main address

1700 N Chester Ave

Bakersfield, CA 93308 USA

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Formerly known as

Family Care Network of Kern County

Covenant Foster Care

EIN

42-1584502

NTEE code info

Children"s and Youth Services (P30)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Business, Youth Development (O53)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We serve foster youth ages 18-21 and former foster youth ages 18-24. Our services include safe and affordable housing, case management, life skills training, employment, mentoring, and advocacy. We have both scattered site residential options and a single site apartment complex. Our measurement tools include the John Burton Tracking system and narrative reports and graduation data. We are helping youth restore broken lives and shattered dreams. We expose giftedness and ability and crush the notion that all foster youth must end up homeless, addicted, dead or in jail. As such, we combat low educational performance, homelessness, domestic violence, addiction, lack of social and life skills, involvement in gangs and with the legal system, and mental health issues.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Transitional Housing Programs

Building Blocks provides affordable housing and support to current and former foster youth ages 18-21. Services and case management are 18-24 months in length and provide hope and love to youth in a safe, clean, and supportive environment.

CHOICES THP-Plus provides case management services to former foster youth aged 18 to 25. Services include HOST Homes and Scattered site housing with supportive services. Case managers help youth navigate adulthood through life skills, mentoring, vocation training, educational services, and behavioral health.

THP-Foster Care is a licensed program serving 18-21-year-old foster youth with housing, life skills, behavioral health, case management, and mentoring.

Each of the transitional housing services is designed to develop organic skills and community connections to aid youth in the development of social and life assets to succeed. The work is conducted through partnerships with the local community, faith community, and county and state programs.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Foster and adoptive children
Adolescent parents
Foster and adoptive parents

Covenant Coffee - training and mentoring former foster youth with on-the-job training, vocational mentoring, food handling certification, barista skills, and coffee business training. Covenant Coffee employs and mentors current and former foster youth aged 18-24. Covenant Coffee was launched with three goals:
1) to provide our community with incredible freshly roasted coffee,
2) to train former foster youth in coffee roasting and business, and
3) to provide a career for former youth in an exciting and uplifting environment.

Covenant Coffee is a wholesale and retail green bean coffee roaster. Every time you enjoy a freshly roasted cup of Covenant Coffee, we want you to know it was roasted "on purpose" and "for a purpose". We roast coffee beans "on purpose" as a means to help former foster youth find success from shattered and broken backgrounds. We roast coffee "for a purpose" to serve our community and club members with exceptional coffee with a cause! #hopeinacup

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Young adults
Foster and adoptive children

Jeremiah Mentoring Project - Kern County Mission - Providing mentoring services to foster youth to equip for successful futures. Population - Foster children ages 0-17, families in reunification and former foster youth aged 18-24 The Jeremiah Mentoring Program (JMP) serves foster children ages 11-17 and former foster youth ages 18-24. JMP provides compassionate mentors to foster youth for positive relationships that lead to growth and independence. Covenant recruits, trains, and supports mentors to equip for successful transitions to adulthood and independence Covenant Horse Program - Kern County Mission - Using Horsemanship to teach life skills to youth Population - Former foster youth ages 18-24 The Covenant Horse Program (CHP) serves former foster youth by teaching the principles of relationships using horses. Youth exiting foster care often have trouble with their personal relationships. Not knowing how to communicate, lack of boundaries and fear to trust are all issues that youth encounter. The goals of the CHP are to assist and support former foster youth as they navigate life while enlisting mentors from the community to share time, talent and treasure with former foster youth. CARENET - Kern CountyMission - Providing services and resources to foster children returning to their families and youth leaving the foster care system, thereby equipping them for successful transitions. Population - Foster children ages 0-17, families in reunification and former foster youth aged 18-24 Families going through reunification from foster care often experience difficulty making successful transitions due to simple, solvable solutions that cannot be met with existing family resources. CARENET is a collaborative community effort developed to meet the needs of these families by providing the necessary items and volunteer or paid help to deliver and install resources needed for successful transition.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
At-risk youth

Employment, mentoring, and vocational services to assist former foster youth to improve employability, determine strengths and weaknesses, and find a career path.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Unemployed people

Where we work

Awards

California Nonprofit of the Year 2018

California Association of Nonprofits

Affiliations & memberships

Other 2009

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of foster youth who obtained employment

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

At-risk youth, Adolescents, Young adults, Foster and adoptive children, Adolescent parents

Related Program

Social Enterprise - Vocational Training for Foster Youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Covenant serves and supports former foster youth and completes training modules to help them work in the community.

Number of youth receiving services (e.g., groups, skills and job training, etc.) with youths living in their community

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, At-risk youth, Homeless people, Children and youth

Related Program

Transitional Housing Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Covenant hosts group training, one-to-one training, mentoring, and on-the-job training for foster youth in life skills and specific skills related to the hospitality industry and coffee.

Number of youth who volunteer/participate in community service

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Transitional Housing Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Youth serving at Covenant and in one of our transitional programs work, volunteer or go to school totaling 40 hours per week.

Number of youth who have a positive adult role model

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Transitional Housing Programs

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Covenant tracks connections at entry and exit of service and support to help youth find positive role models for life success.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Goals for 2022:

Expansion of Covenant Coffee through an emphasis on retail sales, special events, and a new operation in the mobile business

Increase vocational services and training for former foster youth.

Increase sales of bagged Covenant Coffee thereby allowing Covenant to hire and train more former foster youth.

Hire 10-15 former foster youth to staff Covenant's social enterprises.

Host annual fundraising event.

Develop route services for mobile coffee.

Create housing models for sustainability.

Strategies for implementation of goals include Board member participation and networking, staff initiative, and outside help from businesses, organizations, and individuals. Purchasing and supply-chain decision-making with strategy in mind.

The capabilities of Covenant continue to grow as more individuals, organizations, businesses and churches enlist in the fight against child abuse and neglect. Additionally, the bench depth and quality of our staff and team has direct impact on the cap[abilities of the organization.

In 2018, we installed solar on the building.

We have developed a mobile unit for catering and a route.

We have hired 7 new and additional former foster youth staff.

We have held vocational training and paid work experience for 35 former foster youth.
We have paid over $1,000,000.00 to foster youth through vocational training.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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COVENANT COMMUNITY SERVICES, INC.

Board of directors
as of 01/23/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Errol Shaw

Retired

Term: 2020 - 2023

Errol Shaw

Errol Shaw Attorney

Russell Unruh

Owner and Broker, The Russell Group

Randy Martin

CEO and Founder, Covenant Community Services, Inc.

David Nicholas

Transamerica

Petrini Jeff

AC Electric

Tom Hartnett

Kern Mechanical

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes