Maximus Foundation To Award $2.2 Million in 2023 to Non-Profits Nationwide for Community Development, Youth Programs, and Healthcare Services. (Sacramento, Calif. — May 25, 2023) — Maximus, a leading employer and provider of government services nationwide, announced that the Maximus Foundation awarded Saint John’s Program for Real Change a grant for part of its annual…Read More
Darlene’s Story: Confronting toxic norms and working hard for the life you deserve
Struggling as a single mom for 12 years, Darlene found herself in a place where she desperately needed help. She’d fallen behind in her rent and was facing eviction with nowhere to go. She worked two jobs just to stay in a motel, but that too was more than she could manage on her own….Read More
Daria’s Story: Taking time to appreciate the present
Daria’s struggle with homelessness began when she was 16. She spent years couch-surfing or living in her car with hit or miss jobs that helped her survive. Her real ongoing struggle though, was with substance abuse and domestic violence. She even made a geographic move to Oregon, hoping the change might make things better. When…Read More
Courage, Consistency and Second Chances: Cyrinana’s Story
Everyone deserves a second chance and that’s the story that Cyrinana has to tell! She arrived at Saint John’s with her three children in April of 2019 after being evicted from her home and struggling with chronic poverty. As a single mom, she was desperate to find a safe place for her kids, and that…Read More
Real Change: Getting serious and taking responsibility
It goes without saying that the long road to sobriety is not without its challenges. Terresa walked through the Red Doors of Saint John’s, April 21, 2021. She was still trying to make sense of what brought her to this point and what it would take to move forward. Looking back: “What do I have…Read More
New beginnings and REAL CHANGE in action!
New year, new goals, new dreams, new beginnings. It seems this time of year we’re surrounded with thoughts and suggestions for making a new start. Some new beginnings are exciting and fun and others are full of challenges. As women walk through the doors of Saint John’s Program for Real Change for their own “new…Read More
Back to School
Thank you for your support of women and children who are achieving great change! Your investment helps break the cycle of poverty through high school completion, job readiness, increased self-knowledge, early childhood education readiness, tutoring and socio-emotional supports for our growing number of children. Saint John’s is committed to learning – for women and for…Read More
Chef Arturo Vargas Brings in the New Year!
This January, we welcome Chef Arturo Vargas as our first Guest Chef for Saint John’s Guest Chef Dinner Series! “Teaching and cooking has been my lifetime commitment and passion from the beginning, in Mexico and beyond. After learning about Saint John’s Program for Real Change, meeting some of the wonderful residents, and touring their beautiful…Read More
Santa Joe is Coming to Town!
“I had an alternative sentencing from the Sacramento Court for an expired registration. Instead of paying the fine, they gave me 10 hours of community service. The court handed me a list of all of the different places to choose from, and I chose the closest one to my house… Saint John’s.” Little did Joe…Read More
11-Year-Old Leah Nelson Throws Saint John’s a Surprise Party
To promote and encourage random acts of kindness, Leah Nelson, an 11-year-old visionary from Sacramento, created BecuzIcare11 in July of 2016. Leah’s message of kindness is spread through Rainbow Loom bracelets, made of rubber bands, which are given to people to encourage paying kindness forward.Read More