Our Story

“ Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”

Psalms 82:3-4

About Us

Stay Focused Ministries is a nonprofit charitable organization located in Bakersfield, California, founded by Manuel Carrizalez in 1991. Stay Focused began by speaking a message of hope throughout the United States, by delivering the word of God to impoverished neighborhoods. In our 30 years, we have grown and established several programs within our organization to benefit the community. Throughout the year, we hold large community outreaches to provide necessities to people in need and promote fellowship and unity. We believe welcoming Christ into our communities’ hearts, and homes will lift the curse of inner turmoil, pain, suffering, and trauma. Our organization meets the needs of crisis intervention for families in emergencies through its On Call Mentoring, which targets street trauma and gang violence.

The organization’s youth mentoring program Reach 4 Greatness (R4G) is a component that supports our community through one-on-one mentoring relationships and group mentoring sessions. We aspire to HEAL the broken hearts by instilling hope within our neighborhoods for a brighter future.