POP has lost a great friend
Darrell Burrell was an unforgettable person. He was a generous, savvy, positive friend who lived his convictions
and could be counted on to help,
lead and do what needed to be done.
And he was unflaggingly cheerful.
A true inspiration to many.
He leaves behind a wonderful family, friends, community colleagues and the congregation of First Christian Church - Disciples of Christ all who miss him
and who will help his loving wife Diane continue to move forward.
We are grateful to have known Darrell and will never forget him.
Community Safety-Net. Community Resource. Community Catalyst!
Food Bank. Resource Center. Community Gardens & Orchard. Super-Sized Thrift Store. Information Resources.
Good will. 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.
All donations remain local.
Annually, our food bank and resource center serves 14,000 people
with food for 290,000 meals, 10,000 clothing items, 500 blankets,
300 voice mail boxes, and countless diapers.
Most importantly, we help clients form a game plan and connect them
to other services.
Our targeted printed resource materials are used by other agencies to
help their own clients. Through these community information
services, we help people we will never meet, in ways we can’t ever
know. Our thrift store and private donations provide the majority
of funding for our programs.
Please scroll below for some client stories/situations and a list of our major funders...
Buy a Shirt,
Support your Local Food Bank!
We’ve started a marketing campaign encouraging additional and nontraditional thrift store shoppers
to drop by our Super-Sized Thrift Store and pick up 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 Friday from 10 to 5:00, Saturdays until 2:00.
We also appreciate your gently used donations!
SUPER SALE GOING ON NOW THROUGH MARCH 10th.
Buy two clothing items and get THREE for FREE!
Women's and kids' shoes on sale: buy one pair and get one pair half off.
Rainbow Soup Mix
This soup brings the flavors of ten diverse beans together creating a better flavor than any
one bean could ever have on its own. We include a recipe so your soup is excellent and
we use only fresh, nonGMO beans from Moore’s Flour Mill. Spend a delicious winter
evening with friends or family sharing great soup and good conversation. Human Beans
have a fun label and ribbon, and at $5 each, they are perfect to have on hand for holiday
Fill Your Gas Tank &
Fund Our Food Bank!
FuelGood in Downtown Redding is Co-Located with From The Hearth Coffee Shop Bakery
on the corner of Shasta & Pine.
They are making a donation to us per gallon of fuel sold.
FuelGood fuel is always in the cluster of lowest price for gasoline
and it has additives that are good for your engine and good for the environment
while preserving great fuel mileage per gallon.
From The Hearth in Downtown Redding is a drive thru offering delicious coffee drinks
and exceptional baked treats with exceptionally friendly service.
Feel Good about filling your tank at FuelGood
and you can also grab a coffee and treat to go!
POP has a new look!
Our new parking lot and fence provide the finishing touch to our three-year refurbishing project.
Though we now look terrific (for us!) the main objective was improving our safety and functions.
We now have an ADA entrance and restroom, the fencing provides nighttime security,
the parking lot is no longer a trip and fall hazard
and rainwater sheets smoothly off to the street and not into our building!
Paint, insulation, evaporative cooling and energy efficient lighting combine
for a better experience for clients, customers and staff.
And we've reorganized the store.
Customers are very enthused about the changes in our thrift shop.
Please drop by and buy a shirt or a knick knack!
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.
Free Local Nonprofit
Thrift Shop Treasure Map
Drop by POP or any of these local nonprofit thrift stores to pick up your free copy. The Treasure Map tells you exactly what organizations and programs you are supporting with your donations and your shopping dollars AND it includes hours of operations and donation information. These stores keep their overhead costs very low, keep 100% of your donations local and support local social service programs:
People of Progress (of course!), The Salvation Army, A Second Time Around, Second Helpings, The Attic, and All Saints Thrift Shop and in Anderson the Sacred Heart Thrift Store.
For more detailed information on our website about these shops, you can find it via the "Thrift Store" button on the left! Please share this information with your friends and colleagues so we can all continue to serve our community. Thank you!
with other Human Beans throughout Shasta County and beyond! Invite
your friends to your house or your colleagues to the lunchroom and we'll provide the Human Bean soup
mix along with a host packet filled with information on hunger
and homelessness in our area, conversation catalysts and suggestions
on what people can do to help reduce hunger in Shasta County. Contact us if you'd like to host a Human Bean friend-raising event!
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 Monday through Friday from 10:00 to 5:00 and Saturdays
from 10:00 to 2:00. Due to limited staff, we can accept store donations between 10 and 4:30 weekdays and until 1 on Saturdays. If these donation hours do not work for you or you have a
larger volume than 3 or 4 boxes or bags, or something you are unsure that we are able to
use, please give us a call! 243-3811 Thanks, we can be flexible and truly appreciate your support!!!!!!
Food Bank & Resource Center Hours: 9:00 - 12:00 Monday - Friday. Clothing assistance is from 9 to 10:00
Monday - Friday. Our Food Bank is also open Saturday mornings and weekday afternoons by
appointment for people who cannot make it in during regular hours.
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
If you cannot arrive within program office hours, please call
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. 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! Attend an event and bring a friend.Donate camping gear, furniture, small appliances, shoes, underwear and clothing! Volunteer -- contact us on specific needs we have and skill 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, Bank of America Foundation, 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