Dear Friends and Supporters:
 
We've had a busy month at Saint John's, from our largest graduation ever, a milestone we celebrated with 24 of our clients on April 4, to incredible engagement and volunteerism on behalf of our community partners with a work day involving more than 120 volunteers helping to spruce up our facilities to a day of pampering for our clients with our bi-annual "Pretty on the Inside" event!   
 
We also celebrated the hiring of two more clients, and honored our finance team for their continued dedication to making our financial systems run smoothly. We are also grateful to members of the local and national media, many of whom have shone a spotlight on our program and our mission these past few weeks.  All of this and more in this month's newsletter.  Enjoy!
 
Sincerely,
 
Michele Steeb  
Saint John's Program for Real Change 
Hats Off to Saint John's Newest Graduates!

Twenty-four graduates of Saint John's Program for Real Change were celebrated by family, friends, members of the community, Saint John's supporters and staff as they marked this important milestone toward a new life of confidence and self-sustainability on April 4 at Plates Cafe.  
 
Many thanks to Chef Andrea Reiter from The Gate Restaurant, Murieta Inn and Spa for the scrumptious German fare, to Revolution Wines for the delicious varietals, to The Flower Shop for the beautiful flowers, to Darbytown for keepin' our groove on with their toe-tapping tunes, to Bobbin Mulvaney for imparting her words of wisdom as our keynote speaker, to Rob Stewart for another stellar stint as our emcee extraordinaire and to our fantastic Guest Chef Dinner sponsor, Volt Workforce Solutions! All of our hearts were filled with love and inspiration as we bore witness to these amazing ladies and the Real Change they have made in their lives and the lives of their children.
Teichert Work Day
What an amazing transformation the 120+ volunteers from   Teichert , Royal Electric Spec West Concrete Systems , HCC Harrison, and All Steel Fence
made on March 15 at Saint John's!  
 
Our warehouse is now beautifully cleaned, organized, brightly lit and more! This is in addition to installing new fencing and outdoor lighting, installing new TV mounts in our residential buildings, newly painted red doors, weeding and pressure washing, newly painted hopscotch areas and more! We are so very fortunate for ALL of our community partners.  From the bottom of our hearts, and on behalf of the 270 women and children we serve each day, THANK YOU for all you do!!
Chukka Chukka Chukka - Get Ready for Some Polo!

Polo for Change , to be held June 8 at Chamberlain Ranch in Wilton from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., combines the excitement of sport with the sophistication of high fashion, fine dining and live music, all in support of the up-to-270 women and children we serve each day at Saint John's. More than 900 guests will come together for the third year running in support of the families of Saint John's as they work hard on their journeys, moving from poverty and dependence to confidence and self-sustainability.
 
Join us for this fun evening, and be a part of this worthwhile mission: to unleash the potential of women and children in crisis by breaking the cycle of poverty and dependence, one family at a time! Tickets range from $15 for a kids' lawn ticket to $200 for a VIP Ticket. Reserve your ticket today!

To learn more about sponsorships and tickets, contact Sasha Wirth or
Pretty on the Inside

Daisy LaForm has been primping and pampering our ladies for more than 20 years now with her twice annual "Pretty on the Inside" event, a day of decadence designed to make our clients feel beautiful and powerful and confident, inside and out! On March 30, 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, plaform@gmail.com.
Two New Hires for Employment Partner Vitalant
Congratulations to Melissa C. and Fillie B., both of whom were recently hired by Vitalant as donor recruiters! Vitalant, a Saint John's Employment Partner, is one of the nation's oldest and largest nonprofit community blood service providers.   The organization, formerly known as Blood Source, supplies comprehensive transfusion medicine services to nearly 1,000 hospitals and health care partners for patients in need across 40 states. Way to go ladies - saving lives while lifting your own!
Big Day of Giving/May 2 Guest Chef Dinner
Join us on Thursday, May 2, for our Guest Chef Dinner and the Sacramento Region Community Foundation's   Big Day of Giving ! Chef Jay Veregge of   The Firehouse Restaurant ,  assisted by our Volunteer Learners from  Plates Cafe , will be serving up delicious fare , wine varietals provided by  Matchbook Wines , beautiful florals by Bloem Decor and music provided by
Sarah and Michael Billingsley from the Outliers. Inventive in their approach to intimate dining while fusing sophistication with everyday excellence, The Firehouse Restaurant creates a unique fine dining experience. 
 
Employee of the Month  
 
Most may not associate our core value of Love with finance, but it is really quite fitting.  Melissa Smith, Pam Horan, and Jessica Mahan have worked tirelessly for the past year to elevate our financial systems, navigate multiple scheduled audits and to make our financial systems run smoothly.   
Each week, they receive a myriad of requests from individuals in all departments, and they regularly respond in a timely and respectful manner.  Congratulations to our amazing finance team, Pam, Melissa and Jessica!

As a single mother of three, living paycheck-to-paycheck was a way of life. Stephanie became the sole parent of her family in 2014, when her husband was sentenced to 27 years to life in prison for beating her.  
 
Fast forward a few years, and after suffering an injury, Stephanie got hopelessly behind on rent and, despite her best efforts, Stephanie and her children became homeless, once again. 
Saint John's In the News

The media has been keeping a close eye on Saint John's of late, from OpEds in CALmatters and the Washington Examiner, to a column in the   Sacramento Business Journal and a news segment on ABC10 featuring our April graduation, word of our good work is being spread far and wide! If you're a member of the media and would like more information about Saint John's, please contact Sue Cawdrey, Grants & Communications Manager, 916-453-1482, scawdrey@saintjohnsprogram.org.
Advertise in ONE80 Magazine
 

Reach 15,000 of Sacramento's most influential decision-makers and establish recognition within the community as a charitable and social issues-minded company, all while financially and philanthropically supporting Saint John's Program for Real Change

ONE80 Magazine is a bi-annual publication dedicated to featuring stories of real people who have experience real and dramatic change in their lives. Only five pages will be dedicated to advertising, and for $1500 for a full page color advertisement to reach an extremely desirable and targeted audience, your advertising dollar works that much harder, and won't be wasted on unintended readers. No ad? No problem! Misfit, our advertising partner, will donate the development of your ad if needed.  

Contact Sasha Wirth , swirth@saintjohnsprogram.org,
916-453-1482 for additional information.
 
 
  • Diapers (Sizes 4, 5, 6) and Wipes
  • Twin Bed-in-a-Bag Sets
  • Gift Cards (Walmart, Target, Safeway)
  • Flash Drives


T o make a donation, or to find out more, please contact our Director of Development, Sasha Wirth at swirth@saintjohnsprogram.org  

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Donate Money or Goods 

 

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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.

For more information, please contact  info@saintjohnsprogram.org

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