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The History
Bakersfield Recovery Services Inc., DBA

In 1984, 24-year-old Jason Smith died from a cocaine overdose; one more sad statistic in a drug-plagued society. Jason’s grieving father, Zane Smith, himself a recovering alcoholic, decided to turn tragedy into service for others like young Jason. A year later, a group of volunteers led by Zane renovated an old two-story, wood frame house on Bernard Street in Bakersfield, California. He opened Jason’s Retreat, a residential drug and alcohol treatment facility for men and assembled a small treatment staff and the program’s first six clients. The program survived the buffering and financial hardships that all new nonprofit agencies face, and began to thrive and expand. Today, under the corporate umbrella of Bakersfield Recovery Services Inc. The agency has grown to a network of three facilities, more than 65 beds, with more than 40 employees. BRS group home facilities include Jason’s Retreat for Men, Capistrano Community for Women, Capistrano-Lincoln Street Retreat Perinatal Facility. BRS Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 Nonprofit Corporation with a governing board. The board of Directors meets monthly, generally on the third Monday of each month. As a 501 (c) 3 charitable corporation, the organization funds are generated through state programs, Kern County Mental Health, private grants, donations from private individuals, and organizations.

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