WHO WE ARE


The Redlands Charitable Resources Coalition, Inc. (RCRC), based in Redlands, California, is a recognized 501(c)(3) charity.


The RCRC is comprised of people from non-profit and faith-based organizations and concerned residents of Redlands, who have come together to spotlight the issue of homelessness and to find solutions for those issues.


RCRC PROJECTS


THE RESOURCE GUIDE


We print and distribute this publication every year.  Guides are given to all faith based organizations in our city as well as the library, schools, businesses, individuals, the Redlands Chamber of Commerce, and the County TAD office in Redlands.   With these Guides, all of our faith based organizations become "full service," no matter the issue presented by a person in crisis who calls them and asks for help.  RCRC also encourages individuals to carry the Guides and hand them to panhandlers instead of giving cash. The Guide lists all the assistance organizations in Redlands that provide free food, free meals, free medical/dental/mental health service, shelter (temporary and long term), showers, laundry, job skills counseling, veterans services, addiction services, and counseling for the re-entry of former inmates of the justice system, to mention only a few.


There is also a map of downtown Redlands on which each provider's location is marked. The Map can be accessed by clicking the Redlands Map link above.  The number next to each arrow on the Redlands Map corresponds to the number next to the name of the provider in the sections below and in the Resource Guide.  Several providers are outside the area covered by the Map. Directions to their locations are included here.


REUNIFICATION PROGRAM: 


The Reunification Program is a successful RCRC program that helps Redlands' homeless people who have lived in Redlands for at least one year to reunite with their family anywhere in the country via Greyhound Bus. An extensive vetting process is done by the Redlands Police Department’s Community Outreach Coordinator. The COC conducts an interview to verify Redlands residency, identify family, conducts a background check, and determines any outstanding arrest warrants. Once the homeless individual has been determined to qualify for the program, the RCRC purchases a one-way Greyhound bus ticket and provides the client with a travel bag with snacks. The client is escorted to the bus station by the COC where he/she is accompanied until boarding. Once the client reaches the destination, the COC confirms the client has reunited with his/her family. This is a program that is particularly advantageous to both the homeless person and to our city.


Statistics show that the cost to maintain one homeless person is between, $40,000 to $160,000 per year. The average cross-country Greyhound bus ticket is about $275.00. In 2017, we reunited 10 homeless individuals with family.


REDLANDS POLICE DEPARTMENT'S ANTI-PANHANDLING CAMPAIGN "POSITIVE CHANGE, NOT SPARE CHANGE"


The 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. We believe by providing Resource Guides to panhandlers instead of giving them money will lead them to the proper resources to obtain help.


COLD WEATHER SHELTER PROGRAM 

       
There has been a cold weather shelter (CWS) in Redlands for many years. The CWS provided a place for homeless people to get out of the cold and/or wet weather during the winter months of December through March.  It also kept them off the streets, which reduced the workload of the Redlands Police Department.  

In 2004, the CWS began at Joseph's Storehouse.  In subsequent years, it moved to the Blessing Center and then to the Salvation Army (SA).  In 2017 the SA terminated the program, citing budget cuts.  That winter (2017/18) RCRC volunteers transported homeless people to Set Free Church's CWS in Yucaipa.  For the winter of 2018/19 the City of Yucaipa decided to not allow people from other cities to be transported to Yucaipa for the Set Free CWS.  

The Cold Weather Shelter at St. Free Church Redlands became operational at the beginning of December 2018 with the approval of the City of Redlands.  It was closed by the City on January 16, 2019 because it allegedly violated various codes for Emergency Shelters as defined by the State.  

The City has, however, allowed a women-only shelter at the Center for Spiritual Living, 602 Church St., Redlands.  The number of guests is limited to 12.  Guests may arrive at 7:00 p.m. and must depart at 7:00 a.m.  A meal is served upon arrival and a light breakfast is provided.  

Several churches in Redlands now are sponsoring men-only shelters (limited to 6 persons each).  These shelters will be open only when the temperature is predicted to be 40 degrees or less or there is a 30% or greater chance of rain.  Dinner and a light breakfast are provided.  This program ends on March 31, 2019.   The locations are:
  • River Church, 459 E. Highland, Redlands, CA 92373, 9:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.   
  • Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 1205 Columbia, Redlands, CA 92374, 9:30 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.


For the safety of our volunteers, guests are screened to preclude troublemakers and those on drugs or alcohol.  


WHY HELP THEM WITH A SHELTER?


HUD has proven that the overall cost to the government (city, state, federal) to manage one homeless person is between $40,000 and $160,000 per year. This includes police who are assigned to the homeless population, the judicial system because of the frequency of arrest and incarceration ($70,000.00/year to house a prisoner in CA), and medical expenses incurred due to their proclivity to being injured and having no insurance. Giving homeless people a "place" to call home at night greatly reduces the danger to the rest of society because the propensity for criminal activity under the cover of darkness is reduced. It also offers them a modicum of stability in what is generally a somewhat chaotic and uncertain lifestyle.