The Redlands Charitable Resources Coalition, Inc. (RCRC), in conjunction with the City of Redlands and the Redlands Police Department, began a poster campaign in April 2015 that urges people to NOT contribute money to panhandlers.  A similar campaign has also been employed by the San Bernardino County Sheriff.  The posters appear mostly in the windows of downtown Redlands businesses.  

To some, the encouragement to not give money to panhandlers may appear cruel.  Panhandlers always have a good story, and some of the stories are real.  But the overwhelming opinion of those involved in homeless and crisis advocacy is that all too often, money contributed to panhandlers is used to purchase alcohol and/or illegal drugs. 


Instead, advocates for the homeless and those in crisis (as well as the RCRC, the City of Redlands, and the Redlands Police Department) urge that donations be made to organizations that can help alleviate homelessness by providing temporary shelter, food and/or hot meals, hygiene facilities, haircuts, job counseling, assistance for veterans, clothing, alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs, medical/dental/mental health care...all in an effort to help people help themselves.


The RCRC has no overhead and no administrative staff expenses.  All workers are local volunteers from the Redlands community.  The RCRC does accept donations, which are used to fund the printing of the RCRC Resource Guide, published periodically, and for the annual fee for the Webhosting company.  Your donation is tax deductible.  Please consult with your tax adviser or the IRS.


The links provided below go directly to the donation page of the listed organization's Website.


THE SALVATION ARMY: https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=206

YOUTH HOPE: http://youthhope.org/donate/

THE BLESSING CENTER: http://www.theblessingcenter1.org/donations.html

FAMILY SERVICE ASSOCIATION OF REDLANDS: http://redlandsfamilyservice.org/

BUILDING A GENERATION: http://www.buildingageneration.org/donate.php

HELPING HANDS PANTRY: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/helpinghandspantry

CHRISTIAN COUNSELING SERVICE: http://www.ccs-cares.org/?page_id=18