Saint John’s Program for Real Change Receives Maximus Foundation Grant As Part of 2023 Annual Giving

 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 giving to 191 nonprofit organizations across the United States this year.

The grants are aimed at furthering three key themes that drive the Foundation’s work: community development, youth programs, and healthcare services. The number of grantees represents a 14.3% increase over the number of 2022 grantees, and the total giving is the largest annual level in the Foundation’s 23-year history.

 “We are profoundly grateful to the Maximus Foundation for their generous grant, which will have a transformative impact on the lives of women in need. This partnership allows Saint John’s Program for Real Change to expand our reach and provide comprehensive support to empower women facing homelessness. Together, we will break down barriers, ignite hope, and create a brighter future for those who deserve it most,” said Julie Hirota, Chief Executive Officer, Saint John’s Program for Real Change.  

The Maximus Foundation is driven by a mission to support organizations and programs promoting personal growth and self-sufficiency. Saint John’s mission is to unleash the potential of women and children in crisis by breaking the cycle of poverty and dependence, one family at a time. Clients achieve self-sufficiency through an intense, comprehensive program of personal growth lasting 18 months. 

 Saint John’s achieves results by providing clients with all of the necessary tools and opportunities to pursue transformational change. The women enrolled at Saint John’s face several, often co-occurring challenges that are barriers to self-sustainability: 

  •  79 percent struggle with substance use
  •  75 percent have experienced domestic violence
  •  65 percent have a criminal history
  •  59 percent struggle with mental illness
  •  62 percent do not hold a high school diploma or GED
  • The average Saint John’s client is 34 years old with two children 

 Saint John’s overarching goal is to permanently reduce the number of homeless women and children in the region by not only providing housing, but by also helping women to develop the personal habits and professional skills needed to begin and maintain lives of well-being and independence. The holistic and immersive approach, within an up-to-18-month residential program, addresses the short-term goals of immediate stabilization care, mental, physical, and vocational assessment; mid-term goals of self-development, addiction recovery, career exploration, and hands-on employment training; and long-term goals of job acquisition, self-reliance, and family sustainability. 

 “On behalf of the Maximus Foundation, I congratulate Saint John’s Program for Real Change on becoming a 2023 Maximus Foundation grantee,” said Arvenita Washington Cherry, Maximus Foundation President. “Saint John’s Program for Real Change has shown the important of engaging, encouraging, and supporting all members of its communities. Their work around inclusion reminds us that, together, we can empower individuals and families in your community. We congratulate everyone at Saint John’s Program for Real Change for their dedication to the community and look forward to our partnership.”

 The Maximus Foundation, which was founded by the company’s board of directors in 2000, is committed to supporting organizations and programs that promote personal growth and self-sufficiency through improved health, child, family and community development. The nonprofits receiving grants in 2023 from the Maximus Foundation provide a wide range of critical services, programs and training.

 For more information on the Maximus Foundation, including full reports on previous grantees, please visit:

 About Saint John’s Program for Real Change

 Saint John’s Program for Real Change, located in Sacramento, California, supports women in crisis and their children through a comprehensive 12-18 month residential program developed to help them build a successful new life for themselves and their families.

Saint John’s Program for Real Change is a pioneering initiative dedicated to empowering women facing homelessness to transform their lives. Recognizing the complex challenges these women encounter, the program offers comprehensive services, education, job training, and housing solutions to provide a holistic pathway towards self-sufficiency. By fostering a supportive environment and equipping women with essential skills, Saint John’s Program for Real Change empowers them to regain independence, embrace their strengths, and build a sustainable future for themselves and their families. Through their unwavering commitment, Saint John’s Program for Real Change stands as a beacon of hope, enabling women to break the cycle of homelessness and embrace a brighter tomorrow.

Since 1985, Saint John’s has given more than 35,000 formerly homeless women and children the essential tools to change the trajectory of their lives.

About the Maximus Foundation

As the philanthropic arm of Maximus, the Foundation extends the mission of the Company by identifying and awarding grants to partners with specialized expertise to deliver results within the same populations and communities served by the public programs the Company operates.

 The Maximus Foundation is completely funded by Maximus and its employees, in partnership with local community organizations with programs and projects in the areas of child and youth development, health and community development.

 About Maximus

As a leading strategic partner to governments across the globe, Maximus helps improve the delivery of public services amid complex technology, health, economic, environmental, and social challenges. With a deep understanding of program service delivery, acute insights that achieve operational excellence, and an extensive awareness of the needs of the people being served, our employees advance the critical missions of our partners. Maximus delivers innovative business process management, impactful consulting services, and technology solutions that provide improved outcomes for the public and higher levels of productivity and efficiency of government-sponsored programs. For more information, visit hhtps://

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