Salas Celebrates $1 Million Investment for Friendship House Sports Field

Assemblymember Salas secured new funding for green space improvements and safe recreational facilities

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BAKERSFIELD, CA – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) applauded $1 million in funding secured in
the 2022-2023 California State Budget for Community Action Partnership of Kern’s (CAPK) Friendship House Community Center located in Southeast Bakersfield. The funding will go directly towards improving fencing and lighting at the Friendship House’s sports field, giving children and families the opportunity to safely enjoy the outdoors. Assemblymember Salas was joined by the CAPK executive team, Friendship House staff, board members, and community members in celebration of this new local investment.

“I am proud to deliver $1 million to CAPK Friendship House’s Sports Field that will provide local families and children with a local facility they can be proud of,” said Assemblymember Salas. “Every kid deserves to have a safe place where they can play and exercise with family and friends. CAPK’s Friendship House does tremendous work in our community, and I am proud to partner with them to bring these new improvements to our families.”

This investment will allow for local sports organizations to use the field at the Friendship House, promoting outdoor activities that will enrich the lives of local youth, adults, and families. “Assemblyman Salas’ support made it possible for CAPK to secure the $1 million in state funding needed to launch the Friendship House< Fencing and Lighting project with a bang,” said CAPK CEO Jeremy Tobias.

Lois Hannible, program manager who oversees the day-to-day operations of the Friendship House Community Center, applauded Assemblymember Salas and stated, “I would like to thank Assemblymember Salas for his leadership in securing well needed funding for the CAPK Friendship House Community Center. I’m very excited for what this support brings to the community.”

The Friendship House has been a beacon of hope for children since its inception in 1957. Hundreds of children benefit from the programs offered at the Friendship House, including a Learning Pod Program, Afterschool Program, Positive Youth Mentor Program, Summer Program, WIC Program, and more. This investment supports CAPK’s efforts to raise funds for the improvement projects at the Friendship House including: fencing around the green space, lights for the soccer field, and improvements to the community garden.

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Assemblymember Salas represents part of the City of Bakersfield, the cities of Arvin, Hanford, Corcoran, Delano, Lemoore, McFarland, Shafter, Wasco, and the communities of Armona, Avenal, Buttonwillow, Home Garden, Kettleman City, Lamont, Lost Hills, Stratford and Weedpatch.