Meet John and Michelle, with their children ages 1, 5 , and 8 years of age. They are homeless here in Redding California in front of the Cypress Street Safeway. Unable to stay at the Good News Rescue Mission due to using their 30 days of eligibility there.
Now due to the Missions policy they must wait another 30 days before they can stay there again.They have been threatened by the Redding Police Department in their continuing effort to criminalize homelessness in our community.
What agency here in Redding is taking in the our share of the California "prison dumps" and just how much is that agency getting paid by the state per parolee ??
It is my understanding there are so many parole "prison dumps" in the Good News Rescue Mission's program that its being run like a prison complete with homeless being subject to prison dump mentality and prison yard attitude.
The Good News Rescue Mission is the only night time homeless shelter in all of Redding and Shasta County.
There is a book going around the charity circuit claiming folks besides established charity groups are enabling the homeless. In Redding they are taking it a step further as Living Hope Ministry plans to stop serving prepared meals on site, and the only breakfast, lunch and dinner rescue mission seems to be making their food as less palatable as possible, (rice and gravy for dinner) in hopes of homeless people saying the hell with this and better themselves, or simply move along to another town.
John has told me, as well as many homeless here over the years that the best donations of food, meat and drinks go to the program members as well as staff of the mission taking the best donations home, while the homeless eat just that, rice and gravy for dinner.
Redding Coalition for the Homeless