Summer Time Fun at Saint John's!

Thank you to the YMCA of Sacramento for providing our kids with fun-filled summer adventures! From a tour of the State Capitol building, to swimming lessons, classes on growing a garden and participating in a nutrition and fitness program, the kids are loving this program - thank you,  Sacramento YMCA !

Who doesn't love building with Lego?!  The Student led team from SES Robotics, whose mission is to engage youth in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEM) and to educate and trigger a spark in all youth about STEM related careers, treated our kiddos to a mini robotics workshop on June 29th. 

We are so grateful to our amazing community partners for providing summer time enrichment for the kiddos at Saint John's. Teamwork makes the dream work and we are so thankful for our team!
CALPIA Construction Program

Congratulations to 12 of the amazing women here at Saint John's who, on July 6th, completed a four week Pre-Apprenticeship Program through CalPIA and received their MC3 "Multi-Craft Core Curriculum" Certification. The curriculum included training on Construction Industry Orientation, Tools and Materials, Construction Health and Safety, Blueprint Reading, Basic Math for Construction, Heritage of the American Worker, Diversity in the Construction Industry, Green Construction, and Financial Responsibility.

These women clearly exemplify our Core Value of Effort, as they are taking action and working hard to improve their lives and the lives of their children. Congratulations, ladies! Many thanks to CALPIA for opening another door for the women at Saint John's!
Guest Chef Dinner - August 2nd featuring Zocalo!

Join Saint John's on Thursday, August 2, for Guest Chef Dinner featuring amazing creations by Ryan Rose and Zocalo as they "transform the ordinary act of eating into an extraordinary experience."  Spoil your taste buds with delicious and elegant dishes with a modern Mexican twist!

Support the employment training program by enjoying an exceptional, fine dining experience. Plates Cafe will host an unforgettable night of live music, wine varietals, and a delicious four-course meal.

Thank you to our amazing Employment Partner, 
Umai Savory Hot Dogs!

With the support of engaged Employment Partners, our Career Education & Placement Center (CEPC) works hard to ensure the women at Saint John's will reach the ultimate goal of self-sustainability. This month we would like to highlight our fabulous Employment Partner, Umai Savory Hot Dogs, with whom Saint John's has partnered for over two years and placed 30 women in employment! Thank you, Umai!
Michael Alizadeh, the Director of Operations for Umai Savory Hot Dogs believes in second chances and providing people who want to do well with the opportunity to thrive amidst tough and challenging circumstances. "Working with Saint John's has been great, because they ask a lot of questions and work hard to make sure that the clients are paired up with the appropriate employers."

To learn more about how your company can become an Employment Partner, please contact Karen O'Hara, CEPC Manager at
Mandy's Story
Curled up in the corner of a trap house wanting her life to end, this remarkable mother of six children said a prayer. That prayer was answered when Saint John's called her to say that she was welcome to walk through the red doors. 

"I say I've been here my whole life because my life began when I got to Saint John's."
Visit our blog to learn more about Mandy's journey towards breaking her own cycle of poverty and dependence. 

Bridge the Gap Campaign

Since launching our Bridge the Gap Campaign in March, the outpouring of community enthusiasm and support has been truly moving. Thank you! From amazing individuals, families and anonymous donors, to inspired Boy Scout troops, local agencies, businesses and churches, and some incredible Saint John's Board Members, the gap is closing and we can't thank you enough!

While we've made a significant amount of progress, we still need your support! A gift of $130 provides a family full support for 24 hours including housing, drug and alcohol counseling, parenting education, healthy relationship training and childcare.  To find out more about our Bridge the Gap campaign and different ways to get involved, please visit:
Our Needs...Your Help!


School uniforms 
Polo shirts, slacks, shorts 
and skirts of all sizes.


School Supplies
Diapers - ALL SIZES

Baby Wipes


Bathing Suits
Beach Towels
Art Supplies
Bike helmets
Reusable water bottles
Soccer balls

To make a donation, or to find out more, please contact our Community Outreach Coordinator, Christy Glime at

Monday, July 16th & Tuesday, July 17th 
Amazon Prime Day

Did you know that you can help support Saint John's by doing nothing more than simply selecting Saint John's Program for Real Change when doing your regular shopping on Amazon???

Every item available for purchase on is also available on AmazonSmile ( at the same price. You will see eligible products marked "Eligible for AmazonSmile donation" on their product detail pages.

The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.

 to shop at and Amazon will donate to Saint John's Program for Real Change. 

6/13 Mikuni Scoop Scoot at William Land Park
We're excited for this afternoon's Mikuni Scoop Scoot! Thank you Mikuni Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar and Zachary Wandell for selecting Saint John's Program for Real Change as one of this year's beneficiaries!!! Be sure to stop by our table this afternoon and say hello to Christy and Sasha!
Join your friends and neighbors for a fun Friday evening in July, enjoying beautiful William Land Park and  Vic's Ice Cream  while raising funds for local nonprofits.
Online  registration closed Wednesday, June 11th at 11:59 PM.  After online registration closes, you can download and complete the registration form and bring to Bib Pick Up at the event today.  Click here to download Registration Form.

6/19 BecuzIcare11 Bigger Than Basketball
This FREE basketball clinic for local underprivileged youth is an opportunity to get some top notch basketball training as well encouraging life lessons from motivational speaker, Kevin Bracy. DJ Eddie Z from the Sacramento Kings will be providing the soundtrack for the day. The goal is to invigorate and prepare these children for the upcoming school year, with the confidence to succeed, not only in basketball, but in life. We would like to help provide attendees with school supplies so that they can start the year worry free.  To support this event please visit:

8/2 Zocalo Guest Chef Dinner at Plates Cafe
Join Saint John's on Thursday, August 2, for Guest Chef Dinner featuring amazing creations by Ryan Rose and Zocalo as they "transform the ordinary act of eating into an extraordinary experience."  Spoil your taste buds with delicious and elegant dishes with a modern Mexican twist!

Support the employment training of our mothers by enjoying an exceptional, fine dining experience. Plates Cafe will host an unforgettable night of live music, wine varietals, and a delicious four-course meal.  Purchase tickets here:

9/6 Guest Chef Dinner - Graduation!!!

Celebrate the graduation of 11 clients from our Employment Training Program on Thursday, September 6th. Weather permitting, we'll be dining outdoors on the patio, so be sure to get your tickets now, as this will event will sell out quickly! To purchase tickets visit:

9/14 Monte Carlo Night, Tsakopoulos Library Galleria
Transport yourself to Monte Carlo without ever leaving Sacramento! Guests will enjoy an unforgettable evening of Monte-Carlo style gaming, appetizers and drinks, live music, silent auction, and prizes. Gaming includes Texas Hold'em, Black Jack, Roulette, and Craps. There will be a high roller table to enjoy as well!
Purchase tickets and/or sponsor here: 

11/2 Party for Change, Mather Jet Center

Saint John's Program for Real Change invites you to attend Party for Change, presented by Allstate Insurance Foundation! This elegant black tie/red sock soiree provides critical support for formerly homeless families in crisis to move from homelessness to self-sustainability while offering an unforgettable experience at the intersection of local farm-fresh food, art, wine and music!
Sponsorships available now. Find out more here:

Prepare and serve a meal in our kitchen, assist in our administrative offices, mentor a mother, help in our donation center or spend time rocking babies in our child development center. To learn more contact Christy Glime, Community Engagement Coordinator, at

The Saint John's Circle is a fundraising and awareness-building auxiliary group for Saint John's. Members are active volunteers committed to the growth of Saint John's, organizing special events and providing essential support. To learn more email Circle President Elizabeth Jackson,

Saint John's relies heavily on donations from our community. Your financial support of Saint John's crucial. We also need your support in providing clothing for school and/or for job interviews, diapers or feminine hygiene products, and/or an unused vehicle. These are all donations that will make an enormous impact on a woman or child's life. 

By dining at Plates Midtown or Plates Cafe, or by choosing Plates to cater your next event, you are not only eating fresh and locally sourced food, you are also supporting the employment training of Saint John's women, contributing to the success of the program as a whole. 100% of proceeds directly support women working to recuperate and reengineer their lives. 

When you donate money, goods, and/or time, you are opening the doors to nearly 1,000 women and children annually so that they can live in a safe, structured environment while they develop the tools to make lasting change in their lives. Every cent and every second you give supports them in this effort. You can rest assured that your contributions will be put to uncommonly good use. 

For more information, please contact

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