Welcome to the Bakersfield's AIDS Project (BAP). Bakersfield's AIDS Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in Bakersfield, California. We established in 1992 and our focus is on supplying clients with information, referral services and compassionate support services.

AIDS Compassion Week 2014

World AIDS Day 2013

AIDS Walk 2013

Dear Friend,

Bakersfield's AIDS Project is holding our Annual AIDS Walk on Saturday, Oct. 5th, 2013, at Ricky's Retreat, 910 Grace Street, off Beale Ave.

Bakersfield's AIDS Project provides AIDS hospice/transitional housing, nurtition, transportation services, HIV/AIDS education/prevention services, and other important services for persons with HIV/AIDS. Your sponsorship will go directly to helping local persons.

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT. All proceeds remain in Kern County for local persons living with HIV/AIDS. There are well over 3,500 people locally living with this disease. The services BAP provices are critical to helping this underserved population. Please say yes! Become a sponsor today. Download our PDF flyer/entry form for more information.

Thank you for your support, Kern County!

2013 AIDS Compassion Week

Third Annual Sisters 4 The Cause

BAP Dance-A-Thon 2013

Download the 2013 Pledge Form (PDF)

Kern County World AIDS Day 2012

Saturday, Dec.1 WORLD AIDS DAY

Annual Candlelight Vigil and March

Meet at the Liberty Bell 1415 Truxton Ave. off Chester Ave.

@ 7PM Vigil and Program

(Guest Speakers, Entertainment, and Informational Booths, FREE Information)

Candles are provided, donations accepted

Monday, Dec. 3 Change Counts!

10 AM – 6 PM @
Martin’s Meats & Deli 801 21
st Street

Donate change collected to help sponsor Rent for Ricky’s Retreat

Tuesday, Dec.4 AIDS Quilt for Bakersfield High School

Special Assembly for High School Youth 8 AM – 3 PM

Special Thanks to Bakersfield City Councilwoman Jacquie Sullivan

In honor of daughter Joyce Boden Wilburn

Saturday, Dec. 8 Enchanted Winters Evening

6:30 PM to 11:30 PM at the Hotel Rosedale (next to the Bullshed)

2400 Camino Del Rio Court Silent Auction and Drawings!

Tickets $10 in advance and $15 at the door

Proceeds benefit BAP children in Kern County affected by AIDS. Pre-sale tickets available at
Martin’s Meats & Deli @ 801-21
st St. off Q.

Tuesday, Dec. 11 AIDS Quilt Display for EVERYONE

at Metro Galleries 1604 –19th Street off Eye St.

10 am to 5:30 PM FREE Viewing for Everyone

Special Reception Fundraiser following @ 6 PM


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2012 Pledge Drive

Bakersfield’s AIDS Project

Will you pledge to raise $500?
Why this amount you may ask?
Because over 500 persons in Kern County have died from AIDS.
Because there are over 3,500 people in Kern County diagnosed with HIV . If 3,500 people donated just $1 this could bring in $3,500 for crucial services needed. Doesn't sound like much but the reality is...

  • Ricky's Retreat Hospice/Transitional Housing costs:
    Loan Payment AIDS Shelter housing and hospice. (To date we have housed over 70 clients). $570 month for 1 year – $ 6,840
  • UTILITIES including Water
    $466 month 1 year – $ 5,592
  • FOOD
    $250 month per 6 clients for 1 year – $ 3,000
    Cleaning and laundry supplies,
    Personal hygiene products
    $50 month per 6 clients for 1 year – $ 3,600
    Bus passes
    $35 month per 6 clients for 1 year $ 2,520
    $60 month for 1 year $ 720

SUB Total $ 22,272


  • BAP's GET BUS Program
    Bus passes
    $500 month (helping 20 clients) – $ 6,000
  • BAP's DROP-IN/Support Group
    $50 per week/4 weeks per month for 1 year – $ 2,400
    Camp Jessie Lee – $ 1,500
  • AIDS Quilt/World AIDS Day
    AIDS Compassion Week – $3,000

SUB TOTAL $ 12,900
TOTAL AMOUNT Needed – $ 35,172

If we can get 60 people to pledge $500 - $1,000 we can do this. But, only if you accept the challenge and challenge someone else… We need you to help us keep our compassionate programs possible.

Remember those we lost, those who are living with HIV, and get INVOLVED. Join me. Let's Walk the Walk...

Love, Audrey

Download our 2012 AIDS Walk Pledge Form

Kern County AIDS Compassion Week 2012

June 20-June 27, 2012

  1. June 20th Wednesday Press Conference 10:00AM @ Ricky’s Retreat
  2. Starting June 20th - Wednesday RED RIBBON CAMPAIGN
  3. June 20th - 27th Hygiene Drive: 9 AM to 6 PM @ Martin’s Meats & Deli
  4. June 20th - June 27th Ricky’s Retreat Wish List: 9 AM to 6 PM @ Martin’s Meats & Deli Market
  5. Saturday, June 27th: National HIV Testing Day

For more information on all AIDS Compassion Week events, Download our PDF Flyer.

For the complete list of needed items for Ricky's Retreat, Download our PDF Wishlist

Bakersfield Observes World AIDS Day

Stations of the Cross 2012
A Prayer for Persons Living with HIV/AIDS
at Ricky's Retreat, 910 Grace Street

Friday, April 6 at Noon

No matter who we are, we are all on a Journey.

We are inviting all persons of faith, all persons who believe in a higher power, to join us during this season of Lent as we experience the Stations of the Cross.

We’ll focus on the lives of persons living with HIV/AIDS because of our own firsthand knowledge of AIDS in our families. We each believe our faith communities have much to learn in ministering to our population, and in stepping outside of the brick and mortar of "Church", toward the flesh and blood of Church. We believe that only through unconditional LOVE can we truly experience Christ. This is the second year we host this event outside of a Church, at a HOME for persons living with AIDS. But we felt compelled to invite you on this Journey inside the gates of Ricky's Retreat, where hospice and transitional , people of all ages, ethnicites, socio-economic status, believers, non-believers and so forth, gather as one.

Audrey Chavez - Founder/Director of Bakersfield’s AIDS Project

Ricky's Retreat Services

How You Can Help

Community Service Projects that High School students, College students or anyone who wants to help could organize are...

Hygiene Drive

Collect items such as soap, shaving cream, shampoo, tooth paste, toothbrushes, toilet paper, paper towels, tissue, other similar items and donate to Bakersfield's AIDS Project.

Volunteer your Time and Skills

Ricky's Retreat is home to Bakersfield's AIDS Project's office and also serves as a home for Hospice stage clients and clients that need a place to land for a transitional period of time to get back on their feet. Volunteers are needed to clean the house and with yard maintenance on a weekly basis.

Fundraising Events

Some ideas: car wash, loose change collection, benefit performance of a school play or concert, or volunteers could help sell raffle tickets before and during the AIDS Quilt display in December. Please call us for more information.