Dear Friends and Supporters of Saint John’s:

The holidays are an exciting time at Saint John's! Our wonderful volunteers are in full force donating and wrapping gifts, preparing and serving delicious meals and hosting festive holiday parties. We are grateful to all of our supporters for their generosity and kindness toward our families. You are an important part of our success at Saint John's!

We celebrated the graduation of 13 women from our Employment Training Program at our December 5th Guest Chef Dinner. Each of them has been working hard to improve their professional skills, the art of resume writing and interviewing, and have been working at their respective jobs for at least 30 days. They are well on their way to independence, stability and supporting themselves and their children. We are very proud of their accomplishments!

Happy Holidays!
Marc Cawdrey, Interim CEO
Holiday Happenings at Saint John's
Our sweet kids enjoy the lights and sparkle of the season.
A festive holiday party and a visit from Santa at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Holiday Party with dinner, bounce houses, gifts and neighborhood lights tour thanks to Russian American Media.
Sacramento Republic FC brought their coaching clinic to Saint John's and spent time working with the kids on their soccer skills and outfitting them in Sac Republic gear!
Project Birthday:
This is a special celebration for kids with December birthdays where they are recognized and receive a special gift. Thank you to HandsOn Sacramento for organizing this event!
Many fabulous volunteers have been busy wrapping gifts for our women and children to receive Christmas morning!
Volunteer Spotlight: Dr. Mark Johnson
Dr. Mark Johnson worked as an internal medicine physician for 31 years. During this time he experienced a lot of pain and illness both through his patients' lives as well as his own. Twenty five years ago, to help deal with past abuse, depression and stress he turned to music and art (painting and sculpture) which led to a lifelong passion. Since December of 2008, he has brought his talent in serving others and expressing himself through art to Saint John's.

During one of his weekly Friday afternoon painting classes with the ladies, he explained the program. "The theme of our classes is light into darkness. I only have three rules for the women: 1) Paint your mood, 2) Tell your story, and 3) Put yourself in the story. The goal is to enjoy the process."

Each woman at Saint John's is required to participate in the art program during the first 30 days at Saint John's, but most choose to continue well beyond that first month. Some have a natural talent, some took painting classes years ago, and many are just learning to paint for the first time. All are welcome and all are encouraged by Dr. Mark's silly sense of humor and constant positive feedback. "Painting is an easier way than writing to express your emotions," Dr. Mark shares. "What you are feeling is expressed and poured out onto the canvas."

Dr. Mark clearly has a passion for this work. He loves being with the women and freely shares his personal stories with them. "You are one of us," they tell him. He was also wounded and expressing himself through the arts has helped him to heal. We are so blessed to have him here with us.
End of Year Giving Opportunities -
How Can I Get Involved?
End of Year Monetary Donations: As we come to the end of 2019, please keep Saint John's in mind for your year-end charitable giving and donations. Click the button to the right to see the many donation options!

Volunteer: The holidays bring several activities in need of volunteers including gift wrapping events and Christmas Eve and Christmas Day activities. Please contact our Volunteer and Community Engagement Manager Karen Edwards if you'd like to help.

In-kind Donations: We are so grateful for all of the gifts we receive during the holidays. Please contact Angela Edwards prior to gathering or dropping off items so she can share our needs with you, or visit our Amazon Wish List .

Purchase Holiday Cards: Are you shopping for someone in your life who has everything? You can make a donation to Saint John's in their name and we'll send them a personalized holiday card.

Become a Change Maker: Supporters of Saint John's who donate monthly are called Change Makers, and their contributions, big and small, make a tremendous difference in the daily success of Saint John's. Would you consider contributing to Saint John's on a monthly basis?
Blog Post:
Sweet Dreams Come True
At the age of 27, Whitnee M. was a single mother of two living in an abusive relationship. With her children safely staying with their father, Whitnee unfortunately followed her then boyfriend down a dark path of drug addiction and homelessness. It wasn’t until two years later as she sat staring at her children’s school pictures that she realized that something needed to change.
Guest Chef Dinner Club

Join some of the finest chefs from the Sacramento area as they partner with Plates Café to provide a one-of-a-kind gourmet meal-with-a-meaning in support of the women and children served at Saint John’s Program for Real Change!
The first Thursday of select months, the women in our Employment Training Program work under the expertise of a local renowned guest chef, expanding their culinary skills while providing a lovely family-style dinner for guests. 

The evening is filled with friends, supporters, live music, complimentary wine tasting and appetizers, followed by dinner and a raffle.
Join us the first Thursday 
of select months from 
6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Plates Café and Catering
14 Business Park Way
Sacramento, CA, 95828
Join our Guest Chef Dinner Club and enjoy two tickets for all eight dinners (or 16 tickets total to the dinners of your choice) at a discounted price of $700 ($800 value). As a club member, you will receive hand-painted artwork created by one of our current residents. The painting is a gift to you for your continued support in helping formerly homeless women and children transition to self-sustainability.

FEBRUARY 6, 2020
Featuring Dave Nelson, 
Culinary Instructor and 
Casino Mine Ranch Winery

MARCH 5, 2020
Featuring Allora and 
Andis Winery

APRIL 2, 2020
Featuring Origami Asian 
Grill and Helwig Winery

MAY 7, 2020
Featuring The Firehouse 
Restaurant and Voluptuary 
Wine & Lucid Wine

AUGUST 6, 2020
Featuring Milestone 
Restaurant and Casino Mine 
Ranch Winery

Featuring Statehouse 
Cafe and Catering

OCTOBER 1, 2020
Featuring Zocalo and 
Berryessa Gap Vineyards

DECEMBER 3, 2020
Featuring Bella Bru Café
To join the Guest Chef Dinner Club, visit
For individual Guest Chef Dinner tickets, go to
Questions? Contact Stacey Scholz at 916-453-1482 or
2019 4th Quarter Grant Report 
We are incredibly grateful to the following community partners who have awarded Saint John's Program for Real Change a financial commitment to support the women and children of our program on their journeys to creating Real Change. With much appreciation, we thank you!
City of Sacramento                                          
Cal CRG (Go Biz)
Serving USA  
SETA: Youth and Senior Supports 
SETA: Family Self-sufficiency
State Street Foundation
United Auburn Indian Community
Kelly Foundation 
Beneto Foundation 
Harvego Foundation
Ann Land Bertha Henschel Memorial Fund
Peszynksi Family Foundation
Walmart Store #2457
Ed & Betty Manoyan Foundation
In-n-Out Burger Foundation
Sacramento Regional Community Foundation
Our Needs

To make a monetary donation, please contact Sasha Wirth, VP and Chief Development Officer, at .

In 2017 we purchased and renovated an 11,000-square-foot building adjacent to our campus, allowing us to increase our capacity to serve from 180 to 270 women and children per day.

WITH YOUR HELP, WE ARE BUILDING A BETTER FUTURE - Naming a commemorative brick offers a great tribute to an individual, family or corporation – connecting their names with the meaningful work that will be conducted at Saint John’s Program for Real Change.

It may be just a brick, but it symbolizes a step toward a life of independence, security and happiness. 

To purchase your engraved brick today, please visit:  SAINTJOHNSPROGRAM.ORG/BRICK

For more specifics, please call Sasha Wirth or Bethany Knudsen at 916-453-1482.
Today is a Perfect Day for a New Beginning

Together, we will give more women and children the opportunity to start a new life - a life filled with hope, joy and endless opportunities. With your gift today, you will provide a family at Saint John's not only a safe home, but also a hand up through an educational program that empowers mothers to provide for themselves and their families.

For more information, please

Saint John's Program for Real Change
Nonprofit, 501(c)(3)
Tax ID: 68-0132934
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