People of Progress



Our Services


This year we will help 16,000 people with food for over 270,000 meals, provided 14,000 free clothing items, 1,800 emergency bus passes, 500 voice mail boxes and hundreds of blankets, diapers and personal hygiene items. We help hundreds more people over the phone with referrals, ideas and helping them with a gameplan to address their situation.
We also act as an information source for other organizations to help them assist their own clients and our community resource materials are used by agencies throughout the county. We can provide funds for medications, and bus passes for temporary transportation related to employment or medical needs. We are the designated partner to provide clothing and other items for Shasta County Women's Refuge and Empire Recovery clients.

POP serves 1,200 people who are homeless each year with food, clothing, personal hygiene items, voice mail, referrals and emergency casework. When grant funds are available, we can provide motel shelter for those who cannot stay in other shelters due to medical reasons.

We are a member of the City of Redding and Shasta County Homeless Continuum of Care Council working to improve homeless services and to educate agencies and the public.

In the 1990's, POP sponsored and supervised the Armory Winter Homeless Shelter for five years -- the only shelter allowing people to have shelter for the entire winter.

Our free voice mail service, Connect Message Center, serves 500 people annually who don't have phones who are seeking employment, who are victims of domestic violence, disaster victims, or who are homeless.

POP has over 100 plots in our two community gardens. For some low income families, gardening with us is the only way they can afford to have fresh produce. They also contribute some of their produce to our Emergency Food Bank.

People of Progress believes strongly that working together yields better programs and results for everyone. Over the years, we've convened a number of productive collaboratives that addressed community needs in many categories, among them:

Homeless & At-Risk County-wide Survey Project: For ten years we designed and conducted the yearlong homeless survey for the City of Redding Shasta Homeless Continuum of Care Council. This provided detailed information for our community to use when designing or modifying programs and for grant applications an helped programs serve clients better. We've posted results under the "COCC Homeless Survey" button at the left.

The Motel Taskforce: three unsafe and unsanitary substandard motels chose to close and two chose to bring their facilities up to safety code. Because of the Taskforce's work, nobody became homeless through this process and many families and individuals received the help they needed to move forward. The Taskforce's work also improved living conditions for residents in other motels and resulted in the City of Redding committing to fund a new transitional housing facility for 16 families. POP convened and chaired the Taskforce.

Shasta Transportation Collaborative: POP's work led to the creation of three RABA pilot routes serving the Intermountain area, Cottonwood and Airport Road. POP purchases then re-distributes 24,000 emergency RABA bus passes each year to agencies.

The General Assistance Taskforce: When Shasta County proposed to drastically cut the General Assistance program limiting benefits to three months per year, POP convened a citizen's and county staff taskforce whose work resulted in the most progressive and effective adjustments in a county General Assistance (GA) program in California. Through the Taskforce's work a job developer was added to the program and GA recipients who are disabled and waiting for a determination from the federal SSI program were allowed to continue receiving GA monthly payments until their SSI benefits were awarded.

Disaster Assistance: After the Canyon and Jones Fires, POP convened meetings for county departments and assistance agencies to coordinate the community response. We produced the official resource listings and press releases right after the fire to get the most complete, targeted contact information on resources to the public, other agencies and the media and helped coordinate community meetings. In addition to helping fire victims directly, we ran the multi-agency Disaster Distribution Center that distributed all furniture, household and clothing donations from the Salvation Army, the Good News Rescue Mission and POP.

We serve or have served on a number of collaboratives, councils, and committees:

Homeless Continuum of Care Council (Redding/Shasta County), Shasta County Public Health Advisory Board, CALWORKS Management Council, The Food Group, Social Services Committee of the Regional Transportation Agency, and various school collaboratives.


People of Progress
1242 Center St. Redding, CA 96001
phone: 530.243.3811
fax: 530.243.7403
email: info@peopleofprogress.org

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