United Way of Northern California has a fiscal sponsorship agreement with Bridges to Housing, an organization that raises and manages funds to supplement homeless citizens in the Redding area as they move off the streets. Bridges to Housing seeks to address a significant obstacle in dealing with the chronic homeless – ensuring funds are immediately available to help move individuals off the street at the same time those individuals are ready to change their circumstances.
Under this model, Bridges volunteers go into the field, develop relationships with homeless citizens and offer a temporary housing opportunity. Clients must agree to act as responsible tenants; pay toward monthly rent; accept and work closely with a case manager, and be placed on a waiting list for federally subsidized housing.
Bridges to Housing is led by Melissa Englebright and Dr. Douglas McMullin. Englebright is a homemaker and photographer whose homeless advocacy page on Facebook, “People of Redding,” has attracted a large following. Dr. McMullin is a prominent Shasta County physician who in recent years has served as medical director for the residency department at Shasta Community Health Center. Through that work, Dr. McMullin frequently encounters and treats homeless citizens.
To donate via text: Text BRIDGESREDDING to 40403