Our MISSION is to be a catalyst that inspires, connects, and mobilizes people towards personal and community transformation.
Our MOTTO is we love Bellflower together in ways that no individual church or person can do alone!
Our Place Housing Solutions’ vision is that every person has a home and is connected within a community. OPHS is the main homeless service provider for adults in the cities of Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Compton, Downey, Lynwood, Norwalk, and Paramount. We provide outreach, case management, and limited financial assistance to help end homelessness in our community.
Good Soil Industries is a social enterprise (a non-profit business) with a mission to help our community's hard-to-hire men work their way out of poverty. We do this by providing 3-6 month transitional jobs for men with criminal records and other employment barriers through our landscape social enterprise business, in addition to workforce development services to neighbors throughout Bellflower.
Margaret’s House is a beautiful 3-unit hospitality home that provides transitional housing and services for families with children in the Bellflower Unified School District. Traditionally, homeless shelters separate by age and gender; our unique model seeks to maintain the intact family unit and provide stability for the children by keeping them in their school and community.
The Bellflower Ministerial Association is a partnership between KCB and pastors from over 25 congregations in Bellflower. Pastors meet together monthly to pray, encourage one another, share information and resources for ministry, and coordinate community events and services for the glory of God. Meetings take place on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 10am.
We mobilize over 400 volunteers each year through our various weekly programs and annual community events: Saturday Morning Homeless Breakfast & Showers, Homework Club, the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast, National Day of Prayer, Community Christmas Store, and special events like the Downtown Art Walk and Citywide Ice Cream Social.
Open Arms was founded in 1999 and then re-organized as Kingdom Causes Bellflower in 2004. The organization was founded by a group of individuals who wanted to love and transform Bellflower in ways that no individual or church could on their own. Over the years, KCB has developed partnerships with individual donors and volunteers, churches, non-profit organizations, and government officials in order to create long-term solutions for community development, including housing, job creation, and neighborhood development. While programs and services have evolved over the years to meet the changing needs of the surrounding neighborhoods, KCB has maintained a focus on being a catalyst for change within the community by building coalitions that are focused on the personal and economic development of area residents.
Kingdom Causes Bellflower is a Christian Community Development Organization that firmly believes in serving all our neighbors, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or sexual identity. We strongly believe that all of us are better than any of us. We value people over program and relationships over systems. As bridge-builders, we work for both unity in the Christian community of faith and to build collaborations with anyone in Bellflower working for the good of the whole community.
CHRISSY PADILLA BIRKEY, MUA - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
JASON BARNETTE - DIRECTOR OF GOOD SOIL INDUSTRIES
ALICIA CHAVEZ - DATA ENTRY SPECIALIST
HEATHER CHOI, LCSW - DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
NAOMI GARDNER - RECEPTIONIST
CAITLIN GUSTAFF - OPERATIONS ASSISTANT
ASHLEY MCKAY - RETENTION PROGRAMS MANAGER
LILLIANA OLIVARES - CASE MANAGER (HOUSING)
MARLEY PENALOSA - HOUSING NAVIGATOR
TODD PHEIFER - DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
MANNY SALGADO - HOMELESS OUTREACH COORDINATOR
BAILEY TALSMA - OPERATIONS MANAGER
BECKY VANDERZEE, LCSW - DIRECTOR OF HOUSING PROGRAMS
Board of Directors
KEITH ZONDERVAN, BOARD PRESIDENT
ANTONIO CORTEZ APPLING, VICE ALL
MIKE LARSEN, SECRETARY & TREASURER
LETICIA ALVAREZ, MEMBER
GERRIT BYMA, MEMBER
CHRISTINE CASTIDAD, MEMBER
DAN COPELAND, MEMBER
KIMBERLY GARCIA, MEMBER
RAY HAMADA, MEMBER
AMBER HANSEN, MEMBER
TERI LARSEN, MEMBER
JOHN OLIVER, MEMBER