By Annie Stephens
Darlene Mohlke is a woman with many passions. Professionally, she is the vice president of sales and marketing for Castle and Cooke Inc. and also serves on several homeowner association boards.
Within her job, she oversees the sales and residential properties of hundreds of homes and retail outlets in Bakersfield. But in her personal life, she has many more titles, including being a mother, grandmother, community helper, victim supporter and a role model.
Mohlke has taken her resources and put them toward the greater good by helping redesign the Bakersfield Homeless Shelter into what it is today. The Bakersfield Homeless Shelter now has individual units where families can stay together instead of a being separated. She then works with individuals who come to the shelter to learn skills that will lead to a well-paying job and help them get back on their feet.
According to Mohlke, there are many opportuni- ties for individuals who are getting their lives together. “We have a contract with the Bakersfield Green Waste, and we also have WESTEC that is oil related. So women or men can go into the oil industry, which offers a much higher entry-level paying job. Training happens right there at the homeless center.”
Besides from her work at the Bakersfield Home- less Shelter, she also helps with a sister organization called Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault. Mohlke explained that when dealing with homelesness, you often come across family violence and sexual assault, causing the two organizations to become intertwined.
Needless to say, the Bakersfield community will more than likely be seeing much more great work from Mohlke.