Community Safety-Net. Community Resource. Community Catalyst!
Food Bank. Resource Center. Community Gardens & Orchard.
Super-Sized Thrift Store. Information Resources.
Goodwill. Good work. Good progress.
POP! A nonprofit 501c3 serving Shasta County since 1973
Our mission is to strengthen individuals, families and our
community with particular emphasis on issues affecting low income
persons. People of Progress is unique to Shasta County and can make
timely decisions to respond to emerging needs.
Annually, our food bank and resource center serves 14,000 people
with food for 230,000 meals, 5,000 clothing items, 500 blankets,
300 voicemail boxes, and countless diapers.
Most importantly, we help clients form a game plan and connect them
to other services. Our hub of resources acts as an integrated service delivery site
directly connecting clients to medical providers and other services such as
VITA, SNAP, CalWORKS, employment centers, etc.
Our targeted printed resource materials are used by other agencies
to help their own clients.
Through our comprehensive in-person, in print, on the phone and online
community information services, we help people we will never meet,
in ways we will never know.
Our thrift store and private donations provide the majority
of funding for our programs.
Because of food donations, it only costs us 7 cents per meal to provide food.
We appreciate your donations via check or through PayPal.
And for those of you so inclined,
we've just added an easy way for you to make a monthly donation
using PayPal's subscription category.
You can begin and end it at any time that is convenient for you.
Thank you for your support of effective kindness and essential services!
Please scroll below for some client stories/situations and a list of our major funders...
Pop Thrift Store has a new look and a new approach!
Goodwill Industries of Sacramento Valley & Northern Nevada has adopted our store so that it can generate significantly more
funding for our programs. The store has been remodeled which allows space for more inventory.
To increase volume of sales, we've lowered the prices and have an automatic rotating discount on all items.
Customers are loving the changes! Please drop by and shop til you pop!
Buy a Shirt,
Support your Local Food Bank!
Not normally a thrift store shopper?
You can still drop by and pick out a shirt -- even if it’s just for camping or gardening.
And for all clothes-a-holics, you are invited to shop our 10,000 item inventory, too.
Along with low priced and high quality clothing,
we have lots of knick knacks, housewares and furniture.
We have a huge selection of items to choose from in a well-organized and well lit store.
We’re open Monday through Saturday from 10 to 5:00.
We also appreciate your gently used donations!
POP Client Stories:
-- A mother of two small children came in asking for help with four prescriptions for her husband. He had been working on a car and a coil sprung out and hit him in the eye. He faced losing sight in that eye. His boss had "given" him a week off, without pay, and said that if he was not back in a week, he wouldn't hold his job for him. We covered his prescriptions, gave them a $50 gift card that had been donated a week earlier and gave them lots of food, diapers and information.
-- A woman called on behalf of her friend who was a single mom with young kids. Her friend's brother had a massive heart attack three days earlier and it was unlikely he would live. His wife had died two years earlier. Her friend now had his three kids added to her household and they had run out of food. Social Services was not able to give food stamps immediately because he was not conscious to give consent to temporary guardianship. We helped with food, referred her to Legal Services for help navigating the guardianship process, and gave games and puzzles and books for the kids so they’d have some positive activities to do together.
-- A grandfather came in, intermittently homeless and with little income who was caring for his grandson. Our social worker saw that he was a veteran and asked more questions finding out that he was discharged with a 100% disability 20 years ago but had been working up until recently when he applied for and was granted Social Security Disability. His monthly income was less than $800. She was pretty certain that he could still receive his veteran's disability even though he had worked in the intervening years. He had never considered it and thought that it was too late because he'd worked and 20 years had gone by. He stopped by later to say that he had been granted the pension, would receive a check within 60 days and could soon move out of the motel he had been in and into permanent housing. He and his grandson can have a more normal life now.
-- A mother called for gas assistance to get to Stanford for her young daughter for her 8th surgery. The California state insurance program for kids with severe and chronic illnesses would cover gasoline but as a reimbursement two months later. Usually that worked for them but this time it would not. We got together the funds necessary to get her there and back.
-- A young man was in a car accident and his jaw had been wired shut for over six months. His mother had to do all the talking for him. He needed to get the wires removed in Sacramento. We helped with transportation funds, gave him soups, broth, Ensure and food that could be put in a blender. We gave him information about applying for General Assistance (he was without income, living with his mother), and told him that his doctor could write a prescription for Ensure so they wouldn’t have to buy it themselves. His employer was going to put him back to work once he could talk again.
-- A young father came in for food for his three young children. His wife had just died and he had quit his job to care for their children. He didn’t know what to do. We gave him food, bus passes, gasoline money and resource information and then wrote out a prioritized list of where to go and what to do. Encouraged, he signed up for food stamps and CALWORKS and lined up childcare. With one-time move-in deposit assistance from CALWORKS, he and his elderly mother found a rental where they joined households to save money and he was now job hunting.
-- A church sent a fellow to us who’d just lost his wife. He did not have enough income to keep his apartment without her income and was going to become homeless. He had a cat that gave him great comfort. We told him about the Lorenz Hotel’s subsidized units that he could afford if he also utilized various food programs. He thought it was a long waiting list and they didn’t allow pets but that was incorrect. He’d just contacted Social Security about getting his retirement earlier than planned. We suggested that he could wait a few more years because he could now afford to minimally maintain a household and if he waited, he would get more retirement income later.
-- An older couple came in who needed an outside ramp for their home. Also, they would not be able to keep up on their monthly expenses. We connected them with SHIPP and Golden Umbrella and suggested that they look into a reverse mortgage to see if that would work for them. They phoned back later to thank us and let us know that things had greatly smoothed out financially.
-- A mother was living on an extremely low income and barely getting by. Her ex-husband hadn’t sent child support for two months. She was afraid that if she turned him in or signed up for CALWORKS he’d be put in jail. We explained that it was unlikely, instead his wages would be attached and sometimes back child support can be arranged to be taken out of an income tax refund. She was tremendously relieved and was going to take steps to improve her situation.
-- A young couple came in. They had both just lost their jobs but two months before had bought a new car. They couldn’t pay their mortgage and hadn’t received their unemployment checks yet. They needed two cars as he was heading to southern California to stay with family and look for work and she would need one for employment up here. We suggested that they try to turn the new car back in to the dealer and pick up a used one in a few months because there was good public transportation where the husband was heading to look for work. They turned the car in and since it was so short a time, the dealer just kept the down payment and didn’t record a bad credit report.
- A homeowner contacted us who couldn’t make his mortgage payment and was worried about foreclosure. He’d been off work due to a severe injury and surgery and then his sick leave ran out so he was terminated. He had roommates lined up for the following month. Our staff explained that sometimes a bank will let one property payment be put on at the end of the loan contract. He let us know later that this worked and he saved his home.
We're Working to Expand Community Radio!
Currently, KTHM is broadcasting in Red Bluff but has a permit to expand up to Shasta County.
Please contact us if you are interested in helping the station grow or want to help produce programs.
This will be a community forum and a community showcase. There is a lot of work to do,
information to obtain, money to raise, grants to write, volunteers to sign-up and organize and train.
If you have skills you want to offer, please contact us!
Store and Food Bank and Resource Center Hours
POP! Super-Sized Thrift Store is open for shopoping and donations Monday through Saturday from 10:00 to 5:00.
Thanks, we truly appreciate your support!!!!!!
Food Bank & Resource Center Hours: 9:00 - 12:00 Monday - Friday.
Clothing assistance is between 10:00 to 11:00
Monday - Friday.
We assist with food, clothing,
blankets, personal hygiene, diapers, voicemail,
prescription assistance, bus passes, information/referrals,
emergency-oriented casework, and one-on-one gameplans to help people
our food bank and resource center provides food for over
290,000 meals to more than 14,000 people who would have gone hungry
otherwise. We also help in many other ways: information and advice over the phone and helping other agencies serve their individual clients or collaborating on ways to improve trends, services and better meet needs at the community level.
Hunger is a growing problem
too many in our own community face. Seniors who are homeowners and can't
afford to repair their roof; persons on an SSI disability income of
$900 per month, mothers who go without lunch at work so their children
have enough to eat; kids who arrive at school hungry; people working at
low-wage jobs whose utility, food, fuel, and rent bills keep rising
while wages are stagnant; and anyone who has been laid off and is trying
to hold their household together with an unemployment check.
WHO SEEKS OUR HELP HAS THEIR OWN STORY, THEIR OWN SITUATION, THEIR OWN
STRUGGLES AND MOST IMPORTANTLY -- THEIR OWN ABILITIES TO MOVE FORWARD. WE HELP THEM
THROUGH THEIR IMMEDIATE EMERGENCY AND PERHAPS MOST IMPORTANTLY, HELP
THEM WITH INFORMATION AND STRATEGIES AND EMERGENCY CASEWORK SO THEY CAN
provide voicemail boxes to help people connect with employers, service
providers and family. We also give
away 10,000 clothing items, shoes, blankets, diapers, personal
and 1,800 bus passes for essential appointments. Our services provide
an essential community-based safety net for those most in need.
are a member agency of the United Way of Shasta County. The
United Way chooses to support agencies that provide outstanding,
essential community services in an efficient manner and who
an annual independent audit.
Contact us for ways you can help! Here are some ideas:
Host a sock or
blanket or penny or umbrella or coat or shampoo or laundry soap or
canned food drive at your workplace, school, civic group or church. Invite us to speak to a group. Bring in paper and plastic bags in good condition for our store. Bring in egg cartons for our food bank -- we have ongoing "egg donors" but never enough cartons! Grow extra vegetables in your garden and bring in for our food bank. Attend an event and bring a friend. Donate furniture, small appliances, shoes, underwear and clothing! We always need jackets, blankets and diapers, too!
Volunteer -- contact us about specific needs we have and skills you have!
POP is only able to help the community because
individuals, businesses, churches and foundations have helped us.
We'd like to thank our all our contributors and especially recognize the following
for their larger funding contributions both currently and in recent years!
Shasta Regional Community Foundation, Sierra Health Foundation, the Susan Gimbel Foundation, McConnell Foundation,
Redding Rancheria Community Fund, California Endowment, United Way of Northern California, Bank of America Foundation,
Silverado Mortgage, Fraulob & Brown, Aarons Rent to Own, FuelGood Gasoline with From The Hearth Bakery,
The Habit Burger, Scott Valley Bank, Cornerstone Bank, North Valley Bank,
Pilgrim Congregational Church,
First United Methodist Church, First Church of Christ Disciples of Christ,
Temple Beth Israel, Unity of Northern California, and Redding Unitarians.
We hope you find our web site useful. We often update and add new areas of information, so please come back to our website or e-mail
us with any questions or suggestions you may have.
-- page update 1/20/2013