PATH is a local non-profit corporation started in 1999 and headed up by C. Allene Dering formerly from Napa. After arriving in Red Bluff, she joined a prayer group at one of the local churches. The theme of the group was prayer about the mission of the church and the individual missions of those attending the group. One Sunday morning, several weeks later, the Pastor, Tim Soule, announced a meeting that would happen right after the service to explore the possibilities of what could be done for the homeless of Tehama County. She heard the “call”, went to the meeting, and has been the leader since. Allene and the other people at the meeting could not accept that in the dead of winter there was no place for the homeless to go except under the bridges. After several months, and with the support of a very generous attorney, the non-profit corporation named PATH was born with an initial mission of providing shelter to the homeless.
None of the folks at that original meeting had ever worked with the homeless before. The first few years, the homeless taught them what homelessness was about, and what they needed. There were three pastors in the original group, Tim Soule, Wallace Anderson, and Susan Plucker. Though they did not take leadership roles, they were a very strong spiritual support. It was decided to go to the local churches and ask to use their facilities. PATH would provide all the equipment and staff. They would also provide meals. Several churches agreed, and PATH was on its way to being what it is today.
Things to know about PATH
PATH was formed from a grass roots group called "The Homeless Coalition" and became a non profit corporation in 2000.
PATH has a twelve member board of directors. Members represent persons from the Faith community, business community local government and the target group.
PATH pays a full time Executive Director and part time Shelter Managers. We are currently hiring paid staff for each shift at the shelter to work with volunteers. The PATH Shelter is open Nov. 1st through April 30th, and rotates through local churches. PATH also hires a part time House Monitor for the Pathways program and a Case Manager for both of the transitional housing program. The House monitor for the PATH Sale House is a live-in volunteer.
In November 2007, PATH became the lead agency for a 3 county (Glenn, Colusa, & Tehama) two year, transitional housing program called Pathways. Tehama County’s part of this program is 12 beds for men. One of our training programs is the Recycling Management Team. This is a partnership with Tehama District Fair, Tehama County Sanitary Landfill Agency, St Elizabeth Community Hospital, and PATH.
PATH has remodeled a 100 year old, two story Victorian, which is called The PATH Sale House. It is transitional housing for single women and women with children. This is a two year program designed to help women become self-sufficient and in permanent housing. We can house up to 15 women and children.