Dear Friends and Supporters of Saint John’s:

This Valentine's Day, we express our heartfelt gratitude to all of our community partners, donors and volunteers for all you do for Saint John's! Without your support, we would not be able to provide all of the services we do, which make such a positive difference in the lives of the women and children we serve.

I want to extend our appreciation to a few of the companies that have recently assisted us at Saint John's, including Murphy Austin who provides us with legal services on a variety of levels and SMUD who is working with us to upgrade HVAC, LED and solar to help reduce our energy costs. These energy upgrades will be a tremendous and much needed improvement to our facilities.

We also want to acknowledge recent visits from Swinerton, Kaiser, Markstein Beverage, Dignity Health, Healthnet, SMUD and AECOM who have chosen Saint John's for volunteer work days, providing hundreds of volunteers to work on a wide range of projects to improve and maintain our campus for our families. If you are interested in volunteering, contact our volunteer manager Karen Edwards .

Thank you for your continued support! Saint John's is a better organization because of you!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Marc Cawdrey, Interim CEO
Happy Valentine's Day!
Love, one of our core values at Saint John's, plays such an important role in everything we do, each and every day. On this Valentine's Day, we extend our love to all of you, and especially to the up-to-270 women and children we serve. You make our hearts smile this Valentine’s Day and every day!
Join us on March 5 for our Guest Chef Dinner!
On March 5th, we are pleased to welcome Guest Chef Deneb Williams and co-owner Elizabeth-Rose Mandalou of Allora to our 2020 Guest Chef Dinner series at Plates Cafe and Catering. The modern Italian seafood restaurant will be dishing up a wonderful dinner rich in Italian heritage and local ingredients. Music will be provided by  The Outliers , wine varietals by  Andis Winery , and florals by  G. Rossi Florist .
Join the Guest Chef Dinner Club and save $100! 

February's Guest Chef Dinner, held February 6 at Plates Cafe and Catering,
was a wonderful evening featuring Chef Dave Nelson with assistance from
the ARC Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management program.
Polo for Change - June 13, 2020

An action-packed day of polo and festivities is coming on June 13th! Polo for Change will be here before we know it! We are in the planning stages and getting very excited about this fabulous event.

Individual tickets for the seated dinner and access to all activities, are $300. Lawn Tickets are $50 for adults, $25 for children 7-12, and children six and under are free with an adult lawn admission.


For more information, contact Sasha Wirth or Bethany Knudsen at or 916-453-1482.
Volunteer Spotlight: Ellen Gemma
"I wanted to give back to a program that I thought made a real difference in people's lives. I had spent my whole career in education but wanted to break out of my comfort zone, and I had known about and been interested in the work at Saint John's for a while. It's a fantastic model; just wish I could do more!"

Let us introduce you to Ellen Gemma. She is one of our amazing volunteers in the Communications/Development Department! She joins us once a week to help research and write grant opportunities and also writes fabulous blog stories on the women at Saint John's.

Ellen has a great sense of humor and is willing to take on any project we send her way. You may recognize her as she was a former assistant principal at Jesuit High School and former principal at St. John the Evangelist Elementary School.

When she's not at Saint John's, Ellen also volunteers at Cristo Rey High School. She and her husband enjoy their cabin at Lake Almanor and love spending time with their grandkids.

Thank you Ellen for all you do!
To read Ellen's blog posts, click HERE .
New Blog Post - Kinetic Kizzie
Some people just radiate energy and optimism; that’s the case with Kizzie. She made me smile––and even laugh with her––from the moment I met her. Whether she realizes it or not, that personality is a key part of her whole story.

Energy may not always be a good thing; it needs to be directed positively, and for much of Kizzie’s life, it surely wasn’t. An angry young person prone to fighting everyone and everything, she found herself deep into drugs and alcohol when she was in her early twenties. It was, however, her mother’s death and the issues that came with that, that seemed to send her on a total downward spiral.

Continue reading KIZZIE'S BLOG HERE.
Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! Sacramento's job force just got SEVEN women stronger!

Congratulations to Vanessa H. for her new job at Vitalant; Tiarra S. for her new job with FedEx; Deedra H. for her job with Visiting Angels; Kimberly W. for her job at StateHouse; Ta'Kerra O. for her position with Ed David Autistic Care Home; Donna S. for her job with Mandarin Event Center; and Kizzie W. for her job at EZ Living Cleaning.

These women are affecting REAL CHANGE in their lives and in the lives of their children, and we couldn't be more proud!
Volunteers Needed
Volunteers needed February 26th to assist with reorganizing our storage pods. Please contact Karen Edwards to help!

Donation Requests

To make a monetary donation, please contact Bethany Knudsen, Development Officer, at
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 contact

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