SERVICES

 WE MANAGE MONEY FOR THOSE THAT NEED HELP

 

REPRESENTATIVE PAYEE SERVICE

As a Social Security appointed representative payee, it is our responsibility to manage our client’s benefits. We will work with our client to determine and use their benefits for their current living needs and those of the foreseeable future. We budget to pay for housing, utilities, food, clothing, and extra funds are used for personal and emergency funds.

DIRECT DEPOSIT + DEBIT CARD SERVICES

Our direct deposit program is a convenient and secure way for our clients to receive their funds. Clients can have peace of mind knowing that their income is deposited in a trustworthy bank account. Once rent is paid via direct deposit, remaining funds are either dispersed to the client’s bank account or a debit card.

After personal and emergency funds are deposited onto our client’s debit card, they will have the freedom to use a PIN to access funds at any ATM, make purchases at any location that accepts debit card transactions, reduce extra trips to pick up paper checks from Stewards.

SISTER JOSIE'S FOOD PANTRY

Sister Josie’s food pantry will be open each Wednesday of every month, from 9:00 am - 11:00 am, except on Wednesdays that arrive on the 1st or 3rd of the month. Open to the public. Walk-ins are welcome on a first-come, first-serve basis. Participants can only visit once a month. Due to Covid-19, individuals will be required to wear a mask or face covering during the distribution process. 

First Visit: When you first enter our premises, participants will be required to fill out a short form outside our second service window. To prevent any confusion, a food pantry flyer is attached to this window. This form will ask for a name, address, phone number, zip code, and the number of people in the household. During the intake process, participants will also be required to complete the USDA Food Insecurity Survey Module to help assess their situation. After three months, participants will be required to complete the module again to monitor any changes.

Normal Visit: Our food pantry will operate on a client choice model. 

  1. When participants sign in, a worker will determine how many items participants can receive based on their household size. 

  2. The worker will show the client our current inventory list specified by food groups. 

  3. Participants will inform a worker of their food choices and write them down. 

  4. As the clients wait, a worker will bag their groceries and return them to the client. 

  5. During the waiting time, participants will be provided with nutrition handouts, recipes, and other resources if needed.

 

Donate: The best way to support Sister Josie’s pantry is to make a financial contribution of any amount. Sister Josie’s pantry also accepts donations of non-perishable food items, packaged, unexpired foods, as well as clean, fresh produce & clean or new sturdy bags for grocery shopping.  Please see the Food Donation Suggestions list.  

 

For more information, please contact Director of Mission Development,  Gabriel Arellano at  (661) 742-5740 or gabe@stewardsinc.org. 

FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP CLASS

We teach clients to budget and balance accounts through our financial stewardship classes.

 

 WE CONNECT CLIENTS WITH COMMUNITY SERVICES AND RESOURCES

MENTAL HEALTH 

SECURING FOOD SOURCES

GENERAL HEALTHCARE RESOURCES

 

 WE HELP CLIENTS FIND AND KEEP SAFE, AFFORDABLE HOUSING

WE CONNECT OUR CLIENTS TO HOUSING RESOURCES, MEDIATION AND HOME FOLLOW-UPS + CHECK-INS AS NEEDED.

TO CONTACT OUR TEAM

PLEASE EMAIL US:

107 17th, Bakersfield, CA 93301

help@stewardsinc.org

661-631-1258

661-859-1442 (fax)

Monday & Thursday 

9:00AM-12:00PM 

Tuesday & Wednesday

9:00AM-12:00PM by APPOINTMENT ONLY

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