Assembly Members Grove, Salas to Discuss Future of BARC
Programs at Press Conference on Friday
Bakersfield – On Friday, February 5, The Bakersfield ARC (BARC) will hold a press conference at 10:00 a.m. announcing the official closure of our BARC On The MOVE and Packaging Departments. Assembly Member Shannon Grove and Assembly Member Rudy Salas will discuss the future of BARC Programs, BARC’s Clients and Staff and the effect of the lack of government funding. The Bakersfield and Kern County citizens are outraged and they are responding in an effort to continue these programs at BARC. Mayor Harvey Hall and other elected officials will also be joining us along with many supporters and other members of the local I/DD community as we define the loss of the first MOVE adult model site on the west coast which is one of only two model sites in the nation. (Official Training Facilities)
“Due to a lack of funding from the state, 110 Clients and 25 BARC employees will be affected by the closure of these two departments that we’ve struggled to keep afloat for more than two decades,” said BARC President, Jim Baldwin. “Historically, each program has lost anywhere from $300-$500,000.00 per year and we can’t sustain these programs any longer on our own. We need a 10% increase in funding across the board from the state to stabilize the DDS System of local service providers like BARC.”
Other service providers across California are also being forced to close programs due to the state’s decision to deflect funding from the care and programs of Clients like BARC serves. The state has the money, yet year after year they continue rate-freezes and funding cuts.
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WHO: Assembly Member Shannon Grove, Assembly Member Rudy Salas, Mayor Harvey Hall and other elected officials, The Bakersfield ARC Staff and Clients and members of the I/DD community
WHAT: Press Conference
WHEN: Friday, February 5th at 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: At The Bakersfield ARC Main Entrance in front of the building – 2240 S. Union Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93307
The Bakersfield ARC (BARC):
Bakersfield ARC (BARC) is a non-profit organization that provides job training, employment and support services for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their families. BARC offers more than 15 programs that are designed to provide a full circle of support for adults and seniors in the areas of care, work, advocacy, home, family and recreation.
The Bakersfield ARC (BARC) is recognized by the IRS as 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation under State Section 23701 (d). Our Federal ID number is 95-180-5520, and our State ID 910-3140-1.