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Published on July 2nd 2024
An ex-church is rebuilt into apartments for former foster children.


Isabel Medina. Photo: aol.com

Isabel Medina, 23 is the onsite manager and a resident of Project Cornerstone, a lovely new 19-unit apartment complex in Oildale, just north of Bakersfield, California.

Isabel was removed from an abusive home at age 13, and lived with various foster families until at 18 she aged out of the system.


Project Cornerstone. Photo: aol.com

She held a variety of jobs, working in the oil fields, working at the mall, working for Goodwill, and at times was homeless, living in her car.

Two years ago, she gave birth to her daughter, Rosalinda, and the two of them, along with other former foster care tenants and their families, now live happily in their new apartments.

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Originally built in 1954, the church had passed through many hands finally being abandoned, and an eye-sore.

In 2022, Kern County with state funding, in partnership with Covenant Community Services, who manages the property, bought this ex-church and began major renovations.


Randy Martin is chief executive of Covenant Community Services. Photo: aol.com

Today, it serves as attractive, affordable housing to 18 to 25-year-old troubled, former foster care children and their families, if they have families.

A Texas native, Al'Lyn Cline 22, as a child, went from one foster home to the next. Prior to Project Cornerstone, he lived in a sober-living facility with 12-other men.

It was communal living, with one refrigerator and cramped bathrooms.


Al'Lyn Cline, a former foster youth, lives in a small but tidy apartment at Project Cornerstone. Photo: aol.com

Now Al'Lyn has his own studio apartment, including a refrigerator, stove and microwave and his own bathroom, along with a skylight to welcome in the sunshine.

"It's really just profound, and it has a uniqueness of it's own," he told The Los Angeles Times.

Editor's Note: To learn more, visit latimes.com/california/story/2024-03-11/kern-county-oildale-church-foster-youth-affordable-housing, covenantcs.net/ and facebook.com/covenantcs/.

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