Mayor Hall Writes Governor Brown Supporting I/DD Community

Mayor Harvey Hall has been one of our biggest supporters for many years. Once again he illustrates how committed he is about caring for our community and the people in it including those with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Thank you Mayor Hall for your continued dedication. See the letter below that our Mayor sent to Governor Brown this week. To send a letter to Governor Brown please visit:…/join-barc-shannon-grove-and-rudy-sal…/

***Sign our Letter and send to Governor Brown Today! We will Win this Fight Together!Mayors Letter to Gov Brown

Join BARC, Shannon Grove and Rudy Salas in Our Fight for Funding!

Please join BARC, Assembly Members Shannon Grove and Rudy Salas in Our Fight to Secure Funding for I/DD!

Assembly Member Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) rallied both Republicans and Democrats to sign a letter that he sent to the chairs of the Senate and Assembly Budget committees, urging more funding for developmental services be included in the 2016-2017 budget.

This is not a political issue. This is an issue that affects all of us and is a perfect example of how we are all working together in our fight for funding for developmental services. Please see Rudy’s letter below. Won’t you join us too? We are asking for you to please sign the “Support AB1565”  letter below and mail or fax to Governor Brown today!

Together we will Win this Battle!

Assembly Member Rudy Salas letter

Support AB1565 (Please sign and send this letter to Governor Brown!)

Rudy and Shannon

BARC Press Conference Feb 5, 2016

We are grateful for the support we receive from our elected officials and community. Please take a look at what transpired at today’s press conference. ‪#‎SaveOurServices‬ ‪#‎KeepThePromise‬ ‪#‎Barc‬ @shannongrove @rudysalas

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Press Conference at BARC Friday to Discuss Future


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.



Commodity Prices and State Funding Low at Same Time

With commodity prices for recyclables and state funding both low at the same time, we will continue to struggle. Please see KBAK TV 29 video below. Please click on the yellow “Donate Now” button at the top of each page on our website if you’d like to help support our programs.  ‪#‎KeepThePromise‬ ‪#‎BARC‬ ‪#‎SOS‬ ‪#‎SaveOurServices‬  

KBAK TV 29 Video



BARC On The MOVE, Packaging Clients Speak Out

Our Clients speak out about how the Governor’s Lack of Funding is Affecting them. See full story here:


State Funding Freeze on Services for I/DD Hits Providers Across State including BARC

Until our Governor does something to lift the freeze on funding for services benefiting the Intellectually and Developmentally Disabled community, we just cannot stay afloat! ‪#‎KeepThePromise‬ ‪#‎LantermanAct‬ ‪#‎SaveOurServices‬ ‪#‎BARC‬


BARC Closing Two Programs – 110 Clients, 25 Staff Affected

When will our Governor listen. We. Need. Help. Click on this link for KGET TV-17’s news story.


BARC Is NOT Closing Its DOORS!

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On Friday, The Bakersfield ARC announced to its employees in both the BARC on The MOVE and Packaging Departments, that due to a lack of funding spanning decades and the lack of support from our non-responsive Governor, we are being forced to close these two departments in the near future. The Bakersfield ARC is NOT closing its doors.

Client Feature: Justin Flanders

We’d like to introduce you to our Client, Justin Flanders. Justin has been with BARC for four years. When he first started at BARC he seemed shy and soft-spoken to many. Over time he started to come out of his shell, proved to be a hard worker and showed much interest in learning about other departments at BARC.

Today, Justin works in our Business Recycling Division and is one of our shining stars! He loves people, helping others succeed and has blossomed into a social butterfly! When asked what he likes most about BARC, he replied: “I like teaching new Clients how to be safe on the job site and to be aware of their surroundings,” but my favorite part of my job is getting to meet people from local businesses when we come to collect their recyclables.”

Thank you for helping us Give People Purpose!