Financial assistance

PROP looks back on its history, looks to the future


Celebrate PROP Five decades of service, the nonprofit has taken a virtual walk into the past on its digital media platforms.

Videos and posts with the hashtag # PROP50 are posted until November 24 on the organization’s website Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. (Two Instagram posts are featured below.)

According to Janet Palmer, PROP “has grown tremendously over the years to meet the needs of our community.” Palmer, who has been executive director of PROP since 2015, is retiring at the end of the year.

Currently, PROP has 11 employees, four of whom are in case management. This group, Palmer said, works directly with clients to help them provide resources and financial assistance.

“PROP has moved from providing food aid and seasonal gifts to providing strong financial support to keep families stable,” she said.

For example, Palmer said he added employment services and a partnership with Relate Counseling to provide free mental health support.

Two years ago, PROP changed its vacation program to gift cards. She said the program is fairer and allows all families to use the gift card to purchase gifts of their choice or for a special meal.

PROP also complements food donations by purchasing culturally diverse foods, perishable foods and fresh produce, she said. He also added a garden a few years ago to provide fresh produce to customers.

“The beauty of PROP’s size and independence is that it can be nimble and try new programs as the community changes,” Palmer said.

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