Kingdom Culture Community Development Corporation

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Cal State University San Bernardino

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There are many things that can be said for San Bernardino but one undisputed accomplishment that we can boast about is the University of Cal State. In the northern part of our city, nestled in and surrounded by the San Bernardino Mountains, CSUSB is one of Inland Southern California’s preeminent centers of intellectual and cultural activity. CSUSB opened its doors and began giving educational opportunities in 1965. It is viewed as a beacon of hope for people in the community who dream of achieving educational success without having to go far from their community. The campus has the most diverse student population of any other university in the region.  CSUSB accepts about 20,000 students each year and graduates about 4,000 students annually. It is noted that about 70% of the students who graduate are minorities and are often the first generation of students to graduate with a college education. The CSUSB education ranking is in the top 4% in the nation and is an establishment that focuses on meeting the needs of its students. This is important because these students are examples for other minorities that thought accomplishing a degree was out of their reach. Not only that, but many CSUSB graduates have goals to stay in their community to help make it a better place. It can truly be said that these students may very well have the future of San Bernardino in their hands.

Mary’s Mercy Center

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Honoring San Bernardino’s Community Service Agency: 

One of the greatest things that you could ever do for your community is to make an impact. There are different types of community service programs in San Bernardino. Today we honor the efforts of an organizations whose mission and main core value is to restore dignity to the poor and to the marginalized, Mary’s Mercy Center. This organization is all about serving their community. They genuinely care about making an impact in the lives of those who are suffering. Mary’s Mercy Center programs serve the young, the old, the mentally ill and the physically challenged. This is an organization that does not discriminate and whose main goal is to show respect equally for all. Most of the people who use this service suffer from homelessness, lack of food and other resources so Mary’s Mercy Center’s programs focus primarily on these people groups which come from all around the city. The organization has a program called Mary’s Table that faithfully serves balanced hot meals to those in need six days a week. Not only do they serve the meals they also distribute 1,000s of bags of groceries every month to ensure that those in the community do not go hungry. However, giving out food is not the only resource that they have available. They provide free showers, free dental services, and even has a clothes closet. It is evident that through their community service that they are committed to assisting the San Bernardino community because they care!

There is a way that anyone and everyone regardless of social or economic standing can make an impact on their city.  You don’t have to be rich to give – You can VOLUNTEER! Most non-profit organizations like us, the KC-CDC and Mary’s Mercy Center need people to help.  Our organization has the Food & Love Program each week which provides food to families and individuals that are in need. We could use people to load and unload the truck, to stock, to pack grocery bags, to distribute the food and clean up afterwards. For more information click here. If you have some time and you would like to help San Bernardino become a better place GIVE!

Homelessness

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Mayor Davis acknowledges the struggles San Bernardino has had with homelessness, and his statement “Our city’s recent accomplishments of exiting bankruptcy, adopting a new charter and securing strong leadership has launched our recovery and renaissance as a city. Solving San Bernardino’s high rates of homelessness is critical as we move forward shows his determination to make positive change. According to San Bernardino County’s 2018 Point-In-Time Count (PITC), there are women, children, men, and even the elderly. Other data collection shows that there are 2,118 homeless people in the San Bernardino County also included in that number are Veterans.

The Mayor has an aggressive plan to reduce chronic homelessness by partnering with Step Up, an organization that works with the city’s homeless individuals to create a plan out of poverty. They are currently working together to ensure a plan for the city that will help house almost 500 people who are currently without a home. They will focus on providing permanent housing units to those in need, so that the plan of action can be a long-term solution for the families. It is evident that the ending of homelessness is a priority for the city, however, it will take time, commitment and effort to ensure that the San Bernardino homeless population gets the help they need.  But San Bernardino is moving in the right direction, forward.

Welcome to San Bernardino

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According to LA weekly, San Bernardino is ranked number 1 on the California most dangerous cities list.  To an outsider looking through the lens of data captured possibly a year or more ago that might be plausible, but the San Bernardino of today has grown by leaps and bounds since emerging from her 5 year bankruptcy and it continues to do so.  The city has been through a tough economic climate and so poverty has come upon so many in our community. The closing of Norton Air Force Base has caused more severe complications than anyone could have imagined. The highest impact has been the effect it has had on our economy.  When businesses closed, jobs were lost – people were unable to care for their families, their homes and so the community suffered (it was a domino effect.) Driving through the city, one can easily see its woes. With a decrease in economic viability, crime increases, and the government is left to find solutions. Flash forward to 2017 San Bernardino comes out of bankruptcy, new corporations are emerging to decrease the poverty rate of 33% (citydata.com, 2015) and life is slowly returning to the city. Mayor R. Carey Davis and City Council has enacted a post-bankrupts plan to strategically and categorically address the issues facing San Bernardino citizens.  The plan includes reducing by 250-300 million dollars deficit and adding 17 million to our police department budget (at least 35 police officers by June 2018). This not only means more coverage in neighbors but also opens up new jobs for the residents of San Bernardino. The new City Manager and Economic Development Department offers the RENU Program, which encourages, funds and highlights residents for improving their properties throughout the community. Other plans include street improvement and attracting new corporations to the city.

With the entrance of new corporations such as Amazon, Stater Brothers and Kohls, jobs are being made available to residents to secure viable incomes and improve the quality of life. This is only the beginning of the strides being made in the city we love, San Bernardino. Despite what the media tends to say about our city, San Bernardino is a place full of potential with such a rich history. The media tends to focus on the negatives of our city but here are some positives. The governing body including the City Council, City Manager, the Mayor, Police Department and other city officials are determined grow and achieve progress.  AND IT IS IMPROVING.