Change A Life

2011-KERN-COUNTY-STAND-DOWN.jpgSometimes it seems like the problems we face in changing the lives of veterans here in our communities is almost insurmountable – so many things need to change.  Many times we feel immobilized by the magnitude of the work to be done!

In reality, changing lives does not require huge heroic efforts; it is the accumulation of small, thoughtful, caring actions by each and every one of us that will turn the tide.  CVAF makes it possible for everyone to help those who have truly been heroic and chosen to serve our country receive the resources they need.

Maybe your donation is financial, maybe it’s a gift card, maybe it’s your time – whatever you can do, it helps our veterans to heal and regain their footing in our communities with dignity and honor.

Here are some lives that were changed by the kindness and care of others through CVAF:

Being Grateful

Hello my name is David C., a United States Marine Corps veteran and current resident of CVAF.

I am so grateful to CVAF and the services they provide veterans. This program has helped me get my life back on track. Currently I am fulfilling a dream of becoming a certified drug and alcohol counselor for California. In addition I am set up with the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation where I plan to further my education and obtain my AA Degree.

This, for me, is a miracle; only a (year?) ago I was homeless. My goal in the future is to help other homeless veterans with substance abuse problems get back on their feet.

~David C.


To God Be the Glory! 

Semper Fi (means always faithful)

I was a member of the California National Guard Army 1041 Facility Engineer Company based out of Camp Roberts. I specialized in masonry and carpentry. I enlisted right out of high school and served from 1981 to 1984. Afterwards I served in the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman from 1984 to 1988. After my service, I had some trouble. I got divorced and things took a turn for the worse. I became homeless about a half a year, and was living out of my truck. A member of my church found out that I was a veteran, and brought me to Bakersfield. We found CVAF through the Internet, and I came up the same day.

That was the day that I met Heather, and I am very thankful for that. She has a kind heart, there was a room available I was able to get that day. In my time here at CVAF I feel like I have done a lot to get back to where I want to. I hope to be working again soon. I am temporarily employed although it is only part-time. I have been able to get most of the tools that I need to get back to work in construction through the local union. I am very grateful to CVAF for pulling me out of bad situations, and helping me straighten out some things out. Without CVAF I might still be living in my truck, not sure on what to do or how to do it. I'm looking forward to the day that I can leave CVAF and be successful, but I'm happy to be here and doing great! I may not say it enough, and it's hard for me to say thank you, but thank you so much to all of CVAF staff.

~Mike G.


After My Service in the Navy

I have been disabled since 2000, and at that time I lost my world; but I am now on track to getting most of it back. I had lived in veterans’ housing for six years with over 1000 people around me, and I had a hard time adjusting.  After August of 2009 I was homeless, getting very little help.

Today I can say that I have been rescued by CVAF in Bakersfield, California. I was greeted with a feeling of open arms and caring from the staff. The other veterans brought my uneasiness down to a comfort zone that I thought I had lost. At CVAF, my medical needs are being met; I have been helped by staff and my fellow veterans. I am so happy that CAVAF is here for me!

~Fred R.