Outreach Program: Volunteer Senior Outreach (VSOP)

This outreach program provides socialization and stimulation to individuals that are isolated and alone. The program utilizes community volunteers to make regular contact with this specific population and act as advocates on their behalf.



If you need immediate assistance, call the Behavioral Health & Recovery Services Crisis Hotline at (800) 991-5272.

To receive services in Bakersfield, call:

      Phone: (661) 868-5021, Lourdes Garcia
      Email: vsopinformation@kernbhrs.org

To receive services in Kern River Valley, call:

     Phone: (760) 379-3412 and ask for Cindy Brown

     To receive services in Tehachapi, call:

     Phone: (661) 822-8223


Receiving Services through VSOP

Who Should be Referred?

Persons 60 years or older who are:

  • Homebound or isolated

  • In a fragile physical and/or mental state

  • In need of social support

  • Experiencing loss of loved ones and/or grief

  • Suicidal or depressed

  • Having issues controlling alcohol and/or substance use

  • Would benefit from a mental health screening or socialization with peers

To receive services through VSOP, see contact info above for your area.