People of Progress
By Enjoy Magazine
People of Progress began in 1974 as a food co-op. The first social service program it offered was child care, soon followed by a grant-funded education program to increase understanding and use of food stamps in three northern counties. One early program was a community farm in French Gulch, which led to its two community gardens in Redding. Programs have evolved and expanded, and they are now one of the major food banks and emergency assistance programs in the area. In addition to its own programs, People Of Progress has always been active in community issues, advocating for healthy, thriving, inclusive communities for everyone. For 40 years, People of Progress has been devoted to providing food, clothing, shelter, transportation, prescriptions and more to people in need. It will serve more than 7,000 people this year, providing more than 290,000 meals, 10,000 clothing items, 500 blankets, hundreds of diapers, 500 voicemail boxes and 1,800 RABA passes. Every household that comes in receives a community information packet filled with resources and strategies. When casework is needed, People of Progress works closely with other organizations and agencies to link clients with additional programs and services. It generates much of its funding from its thrift store: POP! Super-Sized Thrift Shop. It has nearly 5,000 square feet of merchandise, making it one of the largest thrift stores in Shasta County. It is a United Way member agency.
Get involved: Host a sock, blanket, penny, umbrella, coat, shampoo, laundry soap or canned food drive at your workplace, school, civic group or church. Bring in paper and plastic bags in good condition for the store. Bring in egg cartons for the food bank. Attend an event and bring a friend. Donate camping gear, furniture, small appliances, shoes, underwear and clothing. Volunteer. Invite your friends to your house or your colleagues to the lunchroom and we’ll provide a 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. Or consider these little Emergency Escape Capules.... perfect when you need a small gift for a colleague or client. You can find them at the People of Progress Thrift Shop at 1242 Center St. in Redding. For more information, visit www.peopleofprogress.org.