Saint John’s Program for Real Change Chosen As A 2023 Nonprofit Of The Year

SACRAMENTO — Saint John’s Program for Real Change is proud to announce it has been selected as a 2023 California Nonprofit of the Year by the California Association of Nonprofits after being nominated by California State Senator Roger Niello.

Saint John’s Program for Real Change was honored by Niello at a ceremony at the California State Capitol on June 7, 2023.

Saint John’s Program for Real Change assists Sacramento’s most vulnerable women experiencing homelessness, this residential program provides families with the tools they need to address the root causes, as well as, the symptoms of homelessness: Mental health therapy, drug and alcohol counseling, life skills classes (anger management, parenting, budgeting, positive thinking, healthy relationships and more), a path to a high school diploma and a hands-on Employment Training Program with 96 percent of its graduates securing unsubsidized employment.

“Staff and volunteers at Saint John’s Program for Real Change support the women and children in the program every day, and we are deeply humbled to be recognized by Senator Roger Niello as 2023 Nonprofit of the year,” said Julie Hirota, Chief Executive Officer of Saint John’s Program for Real Change.

“When anyone talks about delivering meals to seniors, inspiring with music, protecting fresh water, education children, championing the disadvantaged, speaking out for human rights, caring for animals … they are talking about work that nonprofits do,” noted Jan Masaoka, Chief Executive Officer of the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits), which serves as a partner for this awards program.

“California Nonprofit of the year gives elected leaders the opportunity to shine a light on what nonprofits are accomplishing for the people in their districts and for everyone to appreciate the collective impact of nonprofits across our state.”

Now in its eighth year, the Nonprofit of the Year initiative provides the opportunity for each California state legislator to choose a nonprofit organization doing outstanding work in their district. The program culminates with a celebratory luncheon at Capitol on California Nonprofits Day, which, this year, is June 7.

According to “Causes Count,” a 2019 report commissioned by CalNonprofits, the nonprofit sector is the fourth largest industry in the state, employing more than 1.2 million people. Each year, California nonprofits generate more than $273 billion in revenue and bring in $40 billion in revenue from outside of California. The unpaid labor contributed by volunteers at nonprofits is equivalent to 330,000 full-time jobs every year.

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