Greetings from the Independence High School Counseling Department! Although our school is temporarily closed from March 18 through the end of the school year, we will continue to support our students as best as we can. Students, please make sure you are checking your student e-mail regularly as this is how we will be communicating with you if needed. Also be sure to check our Google Classrooms for any general announcements. If you need to e-mail your counselor, please find "Counseling Staff Contact Information" on the right hand said of this page.
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*Meals will be available during the closure from 10:00am to 11:30am, Monday through Friday. All IHS students and any children in the household under 18 may receive a pre-packaged box, which includes that day’s lunch and the following morning’s breakfast.
Please read the letter below from your counselors.
Attached below are great LOCAL resources. If you need food, mental health services, or need to reach other community businesses, please refer to the two documents below.
If you are struggling, there is help 24 hours a day:
Crisis Hotline: 1-800-991-5272
Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
Substance Use Division Access Line: 1-866-266-4898
For NON-Crisis Adult Care:
The Access and Assessment Center: 661-868-8080
Gleaners Food Bank: 1326 30th St., Bakersfield, Ca 93301
Families or students (15 yrs. & older) may arrive at 7:30am and volunteer an hour of time and will receive a week’s worth of food.
Blessing Box Foundation:
Box/pantries are set up at each of the following locations where non-perishables can be donated and/or taken by those in need.
- First Congregational Church: 5 Real Rd., Bakersfield, Ca 93309
- Sleepy Baby Box Foundation: 3803 Union Ave., Bakersfield, Ca 93305
- Bakersfield Family Church: 105 Wilson Ave., Bakersfield, Ca 93308
- Calvary Full Gospel Church of Oildale: 222 Circle Dr., Bakersfield, Ca
- American Hotel: 910 Baker St., Bakersfield, Ca 93305
St. Vincent de Paul Church: 300 Baker St., Bakersfield, Ca 93305
Meals will be served Monday through Friday at 9am & 12pm and Saturday at 9am
Bakersfield Family Church: 105 Wilson Ave., Bakersfield, Ca 93308
Meals served every Tuesday from 11am to 1pm
The Mission Homeless Shelter: 816 E. 21st St., Bakersfield, Ca 93305
Meals served daily at 6:30am, 11am & 5pm
Compassion Christian Center: 1030 4th St., Bakersfield, Ca 93304
Meals will be served Wednesdays at 9:30am
The following is a list of self care activities for teens. Please note that these are just suggestions. Some will not apply to everyone given the threat of COVID-19 and personal beliefs and various faiths.