Dear Friends and Supporters of Saint John's:
Our children are busy deciding what to be for Halloween; for many, this will be their first Halloween spent in a safe environment where they can focus solely on being a kid and dressing up! If you're cleaning out your Halloween closet about now, we'd love any costumes your kids may have outgrown! Contact us at 916-453-1482 if you'd like to donate, and thank you in advance for any and all donations in support of our kids here at Saint John's.

We've had another busy month, with a wonderful Guest Chef Dinner held at Plates Café on October 3, featuring cuisine prepared by our very own Plates Café, Plates Midtown and Jackson campus chefs. Our staff is now busy getting ready for our annual  Party for Change gala, to be held November 2 at the Mather Jet Center! This is our largest annual fundraiser and a wonderful opportunity for more than 600 community supporters to gather in celebration of the Real Change happening every day in the lives of the women and children we serve. 

As always, thank you to all of you who so generously donate your time and resources to further our mission, each and every day!
Marc Cawdrey
Interim CEO, Saint John's Program for Real Change
It Takes More than a Shelter 
to Get off the Ground

Sponsorships are still available in support of our biggest annual fundraiser on November 2,  Party for Change , now considered one of Sacramento's premier events of the season! You'll enjoy a gourmet meal-with-a-meaning, delicious varietals, exhilarating entertainment, live music and dancing, all in support of one of our region's most vulnerable communities, formerly homeless families.

Party for Change
Saturday, November 2, 2019
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Mather Jet Center
10510 Superfortress Ave
Mather, CA
Purchase a Golden Ticket today for Saint John's Party for Change 2019!
The lucky winner will be selected to choose from one of four incredible vacation experiences:

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

Soak up the blue water and beaches of Bolongo Bay in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands for five days & four nights at the Bolongo Bay Beach Resort in an oceanview room with economy class air for two.

British Columbia, Canada

Retreat to the adventures and relaxation of British Columbia, Canada for five days & four nights at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler with economy class air for two, including round-trip airport transfers and a $600 gift card for ski lift tickets.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Explore the great outdoors and go on a wildlife adventure in Jackson Hole, Wyoming for four days & three nights at The Lodge at Jackson Hole with economy class air for two, including a Grand Teton small-group wildlife safari.

New Orleans, Louisiana

Eat your way through the signature n'awlins flavors of New Orleans for five days & four nights at either the Windsor Court Hotel, the Hyatt Centric French Quarter, or the Maison Dupuy Hotel with economy class air for two, including a dinner jazz cruise, a class at the New Orleans School of Cooking and a $200 Commander's Palace Gift Card.

Golden Tickets are $130, which provides full support for a family for 24 hours including housing, drug and alcohol counseling,
 educational classes and childcare.

You do not need to be present at or attend Party for Change to win. Ticket sales are limited to 300 entries. 

Click HERE to purchase your Golden Ticket today!

Plates Guest Chef Dinner 
Our very own culinary team from  Plates Cafe and Catering, Plates Midtown and our Jackson campus kitchen really knocked it out of the park at our October 3 Guest Chef Dinner! We were treated with beautiful weather as we enjoyed our last outdoor Guest Chef Dinner of 2019, and from the scrumptious appetizers to the amazing main course and the divine dessert, the Flavors of Fall warmed us all from the inside out!

SAVE THE DATE! Join us for the December Guest Chef Dinner and Graduation, December 5, featuring Bella Bru Cafe & Catering. Tickets and details HERE.

Please remember to book early for your holiday catering needs, as this is our busiest time of year! Contact Catering Manager Erin Landreth,, 916-381-2233. 
Click  HERE to view our catering menu.
Pretty on the Inside
Daisy LaForm has been primping and pampering our ladies for more than 20 years with her bi-annual "Pretty on the Inside" event, a day of decadence designed to make our clients feel beautiful, powerful and confident, inside and out! On October 5, Daisy and her crew of 50+ volunteers provided our ladies with haircuts & styling, pedicures/manicures, waxing, massages, essential oils/hand washing, makeup, new purses, clothing and shoes for new career outfits, followed by a delicious luncheon, along with entertainment and prayer. If you or someone you know would like to volunteer for a future "Pretty on the Inside" event, please contact Daisy LaForm at 916-712-5042, .
Volunteer Spotlight: Teens Model Saint John's Values
Empowering women is clearly a most important goal for Saint John's Program for Real Change. It's interesting, then, that a group of teenage girls has already embodied that goal and is helping the women at Saint John's by forming their own volunteer circle of help. Click  HERE to read more from Guest Blogger Ellen Gemma.

From preparing/serving a meal to helping in the office, in childcare, in our donation center or if you have a special skill, there are lots of ways to  volunteer
For more information, contact our Volunteer and Community Engagement Manager
Building for the Future Project 
Helping Others Soar!
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. We have secured funding commitments for $3 million of this $4 million Building for the Future Project, with a goal of raising the remaining $1 million by December 31, 2019.

By giving generously today, you will help secure the future of programs that hold the promise of an end to homelessness for so many. Naming a bedroom, office, bench or a commemorative brick to line our walking path offers a great tribute to an individual, family or corporation - connecting your name with the meaningful work that happens every day at Saint John's Program for Real Change.

Please visit  to peruse the many giving opportunities. For more specifics on each opportunity, please call Sasha Wirth or Bethany Knudsen at 916-453-1482.
Sacramento's job force just got 9 women stronger!

Congratulations to Aimee F. on her position in Environmental Services at UC Davis; Kimberley W. for being hired at Taylor's Kitchen;  Jennifer M. and Tiffany G. on their new positions at Macy's; Traci B. on her position at Target; Latonia M. and Michelle R. for being hired by Jersey Mike's; Ladaja I. on her new position at Goodwill and Deja F. for being hired by Metro PCS! 

These women are affecting Real Change in their lives and in the lives of their children, and we couldn't be prouder!
Our Needs...Your Help

To make a donation, or to find out more, please contact our VP and Chief Development Officer, Sasha Wirth at or simply visit the Saint John's Amazon Wish List to make your donation today.

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Today is the 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.

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