Earlier this month, Bolthouse Properties’ Bolt of Hope team had the honor of surprising The Blessing Corner Ministries with a Bolt of Hope Grant.
Since 1996, The Blessing Corner has worked tirelessly to meet the needs of underserved members of the greater Bakersfield community. Throughout the year, The Blessing Corner hosts numerous outreach events, such as an annual Thanksgiving Dinner and Christmas Extravaganza. Additionally, they serve up to 1,750 food baskets and hot meals per week.
Over the years, the organization experienced significant damage to their roof and floors and were in desperate need of a new roof and floors ahead of the winter season. Equipped with funds to meet their needs, the Bolt of Hope team enthusiastically arrived with balloons and a big check in hand to meet with Pastor John and Athena “Bonnie” Turner.
The team was surprised to find roofing trucks already on-site when they arrived at The Blessing Corner. The team carried forward with the surprise, nearly bringing Pastor Bonnie to her knees. Pastor Bonnie shared that the local roofing contractor and owner of BSW Roofing & Solar, Ernie Martinez, recognized the urgency to protect the building from further damage and offered to start the work without knowing if he’d receive payment. Ernie began the project with nothing more than a deposit and a promise of faith. It was an incredibly moving moment to see such an act of faith fulfilled and, more than that, to be a small part of it.
For more information about The Blessing Corner, visit: https://theblessingcorner.com/outreach/
About Bolt of Hope is a team comprised of Bolthouse Properties’ employees whose vision is to grow God’s kingdom in Bakersfield through love and compassion, by being open-minded to the needs in our community, and by watering the seeds planted by local organizations that have a passion for being the light in the world.