Food Closet AwardNumerous Shingletown Medical Center employees were involved in the Redding Color Vibe 5k race that took place in May. Through their combined sponsorships for running the race, they were able to donate over $430.00 to the Shingletown True North, Inc. Grassroots for Kids Food Closet program.

On June 15th, Linda Baxter from True North, Inc. was given the check in the lobby of the medical center with a few of the staff that were involved in the Color Vibe race. Tammy Wilham – Front Office Supervisor; Kendra Mitchell – Medical Assistant; Juanita Stidham – Receptionist; Michael Simpson – Nurse Practitioner and Kelly Bullan – Case Manager were all present for the presentation. Linda Baxter, Room Coordinator and Book Keeper for True North was very excited about the donation and stated that this will help with many of the various community projects they are involved with.

True North, Inc.’s mission is: ‘To provide a healthy environment in order to promote the constructive growth of our children, families and community.’ Their vision: ‘Our collaborative believes that every child deserves to be safe, secure, healthy, nurtured and educated in home, school and community.

Linda Baxter stated, “Our office has been known as the Family Resource Center for over 15 years. We supply referral information to all types of social/welfare organizations in and around our community. Under the umbrella of True North, Inc. you will find community organizations such as the Grassroots Emergency Food Closet which attempts to meet the food insecurity issues of our area with a “hand up, not just a hand out” program. This resource program also helps by being a referral organization for assistance programs as well as for nutritional and life-style information.” For further information on this program please call (530) 474-4220.

Linda went on to say, “Other programs we are involved with are The Highway 44 Safety Project which for over 15 years has been a force in implementing major life-saving changes to Hwy 44. There is also our Grassroots for Kids program which provides needed assistance for our school students with school supplies, backpacks, shoes, etc., as well as organizing and sponsoring the Safe Trick or Treat in Town event each year with the help of many local organizations and businesses. We are also involved with the Shingletown Spay and Neuter Fund which helps keep the local dog and feral cat population down.”

Other programs True North, Inc. is involved with are Shasta County’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) which comes once a month so that local families can be served close to home. Shasta County’s HICAP organization also sends an ombudsman monthly to assist with Medicare problems the older community members may experience.

The True North office is open to other support organizations who assist the community, such as the Shingletown Medical Center, which currently holds their weekly Play Group and Raising a Reader program. This program is free to the public and is held on Thursdays from 10:00am to noon in Room 20 at the Black Butte Elementary School. For further information on this program for children under the age of five (5), please contact Kelly Bullan, Shingletown Medical Center’s Case Manager at (530) 474-3390 ext. 306.