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Chastity in Charge!

Chastity (third from left) conducts her first tour with Tour Sister Jenifer U., Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn and members of his staff.

Chastity (third from left) conducts her first tour with Tour Sister Jenifer U., Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn and members of his staff.

Chastity grew up in foster care in New Jersey from the age of seven, and was pregnant with her son by the time she turned 21. With a work history including serving as a safety manager and facilities administrator at Aeroforms, a contractor for Exxon Mobile, an Uber/Lyft driver and various positions managing fast food restaurants, she never experienced legal problems, drug or alcohol addiction like many of our clients do, but rather became homeless due to having to flee a domestic violence situation involving her son’s father.

After short stints in Texas and San Francisco, where her landlady made off with $3,000 of her hard-earned savings leaving her penniless, Chastity met a pastor from Auburn, where she stayed with a congregant for a few weeks before finally finding her way to Saint John’s last May. With her 10-year-old autistic son in tow, Chastity found herself having to start over, but she has risen to the occasion and has become a shining star at Saint John’s. She is bright, articulate, has strong technology skills, and worked her way quickly through Saint John’s Employment Training Program. She facilitated employment training for her co-workers with a menu change at Plates Midtown this fall, and also became a Tour Sister, leading members of the community on facility tours at Saint John’s.

On October 26, the trajectory of her journey was altered. It so happened that this particular facility tour, her first, was for Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn and members of his staff, who were impressed with Chastity’s poise and demeanor. They all agreed she had the right stuff to be a police officer, and invited her on a ride-along to “test drive” this possible new career path.

“That was the best day of my life,” comments Chastity. “I got to see what police work looked like from the other side. It was eye-opening and exciting.”

Once she completes the credits necessary to enroll, the Sacramento Police Department has offered to sponsor her application to the police academy next summer. In the meantime, she will complete the requirements to become a CPO (Community Police Officer), and will work special events in the community. But that’s not all. She has a Plan B! Having always fancied a career in construction, on November 13 she started taking classes at the Local 118 in pursuit of her MC3 certification, a pre-apprenticeship program which will allow her work in the HVAC/sheet metal trade.

We can’t wait to see where she lands! Either way, we’re pretty sure it will be on her own two feet!

April (left) surprised her sister Jenifer (with Saint John's CEO MIchele Steeb, center) by travelling from the Philippines to witness Jenifer sing for our 600+ Party for Change guests!

A Sister’s Story

If you’ve ever been in a support-person role (and most of us have), you know how difficult it is to navigate the obstacles, emotions, logistics and, in most cases, unfavorable circumstances associated with the person you are trying to help. Add to that the frustration and heartbreak of doing everything you know to be physically, financially and emotionally possible, and still your loved one flounders. The family and friends of…

Reverse GCD 2018_3

Turning the Tables

Ten times per year, we hold our popular Guest Chef Dinners at Plates Café, where 200-250 members of our community gather in support of our program to enjoy a delicious meal-with-a-meaning, prepared and presented by a local “guest chef” with the help of our Employment Training Program participants. Each fall for the past three years, we’ve turned the tables with a “Reverse Guest Chef Dinner,” where together with the support…

Councilwoman Ashby


It is our great pleasure to announce the recipients of our 2018 Champions of Change awards, Sacramento City Councilwoman Angelique Ashby and Sierra Health Foundation President and CEO Chet Hewitt! The award, now in its second year, recognizes those who exemplify Saint John’s core values: Love, Courage, Effort, Gratitude, Respect, Community and Growth. Please consider joining us, if you haven’t already reserved your ticket, at our November 3 Party for…


A Giant Hip Hip Hooray for Allstate Agent and Saint John’s Volunteer Zachary Wandell

Recipient of the 2018 Ray Lynch Community Service Award! Sacramento Allstate agency owner and community volunteer extraordinaire Zachary Wandell has been awarded the prestigious 2018 Ray Lynch Community Service Award, and we couldn’t be prouder! The award is Allstate’s top national honor commending an agency owner or financial specialist for giving back and supporting people and organizations in their local communities. The award, established in 2000 in memory of Allstate…


From the Mouths, and Eyes, and Ears, of Babes

More than three million children witness domestic violence in their families each year. Three million. Think about that for just a moment, and your heart hurts. The things they’ve seen, the things they’ve heard, the travesties they’ve endured, for most of us this is simply unimaginable. 47 percent of the children that arrive at Saint John’s suffer from anxiety or depression as a result of their homelessness, and more than…


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