The Kern Valley Healthcare District (KVHD) donated its former transport bus to K.N.U.C.K.L.E. U.P. Ministries earlier this month.
On May 5, Tim McGlew from KVHD turned over the keys to the bus to Pastor Jeremiah Maxwell.
“We see this as a blessing,” Maxwell said.
The donation was made possible because the Kern Valley Hospital Foundation, which provides financial support to the Kern Valley Hospital, recently purchased a new bus with the help of the auxiliary.
“Our residents often feel a loss of independence when they are admitted,” KVHD’s Deborah Hess said.
The new bus allows residents to attend outings and social events, which promotes a sense of independence. It also allowed KVHD to donate their former bus.
KVHD decided to donate their former bus to K.N.U.C.K.L.E. U.P. Ministries, a religious organization that provides a weekly 12-step recovery program. According to K.N.U.C.K.L.E. U.P.’s website, this program provides “recovery through teachings, testimonies and share groups and is for anyone struggling with any hurt, habit or hang up.” They provide a safe place to find community and freedom from some of the issues that control our lives. They are a court-mandated, superior court and probation-approved recovery program. Twelve-step recovery meetings are held on Friday nights at 7 p.m.
The Sun spoke with Wendy in the Ministries office. She said the bus donation will allow them to offer rides to the recovery meetings and they always have people who need a ride. She said they would also use the bus to transport their youth to their events and on their trips.
Maxwell said he wanted to thank everyone who had K.N.U.C.K.L.E. U.P. Ministries in mind, and who had a part in the process.
“We will be able to make good use of it. You guys are awesome! Look for us on the streets,” he said.