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Casie’s Real Change

  “I can’t believe the change in me!” Those are the first words out of her mouth as Casie J. shares with me her experience at Saint John’s. Struggling with addiction and lured into drug dealing by the money to be made, Casie’s life began to spiral after her divorce. She’d had a history of periods of sobriety interspersed with lapses into using, dealing and jail time. After her last…

Distance Learning – The Return of the One-room School House

  Growing up, I always knew I wanted to be a teacher.  In fact, I dreamed about what it would be like to run a one-room school house, like on Little House on the Prairie.  Little did I know that I would one day do just that, but in a very different way, in a very different time, and with very different students. With six weeks of distance learning under…

The Luckiest Year

It is Chinese New Year 2020, the Year of the Rat, and a cold, dark January evening here in Sacramento. Rats, as I have read in Chinese lore, represent resilience and rat years are supposed to be years of rejuvenation and renewal. I see this as a positive sign as I head out to meet some friends for an evening at Saint John’s Program for Real Change. We are hosting…

CCTRP in the Days of COVID

Like every other part of our lives in the days of Pandemic 2020, life at Saint John’s Custody to Community Transitional Reentry Program (CCTRP) has found a new status quo.  Everything has been affected from the way clients arrive, the daily chores, classes, employment, shopping, schooling, and even when they leave. Arrival. Today, as I write this blog, we are welcoming five new clients arriving from two different institutions. Typically,…

Remembering Frankie Cook

On Sunday, August 16, 2020, a very dear friend of mine, and the Saint John’s family, Frankie Cook, was called home to heaven. I think for most of us who knew and loved her, it still does not feel entirely real. I met Frankie in 2008 when I came to work for St. John’s Shelter, now known as Saint John’s Program for Real Change. I was recruited to start a…

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