Alternatives to Violence helps victims of domestic violence.
Director Jeanne Spurr described how it works.
When a victim of domestic violence needs a safe place to stay for the night and the Alternatives to Violence shelter is full, the app will alert donors that somebody needs a place to stay and they can help pay for a motel room for the person that night.
"It's so important because there are many situations where we cannot house someone because the shelter is full and this is a safe way to give someone a safe night, someone who is truly in danger and be able to move on from there either into our shelter or another shelter," said Spurr.
Tehama County is one of four counties throughout California chosen to host the smartphone app.
Alternatives to Violence is looking for five volunteers to be donors during the pilot project.
The app is sponsored by Windows, so you would carry a Windows phone and be asked to donate $65 to $85 once or twice to cover the cost of a motel. A donor would also be asked to give some feedback for how the app works.
It is expected to fully launch in November.
If you would like to help you can call Alternatives to Violence: (530) 528-0226