Support Saint John’s Businesses

When you support our Saint John’s Businesses, you are supporting our mission to unleash the potential of women and children in crisis.

Employment Training at Saint John’s Businesses

When a woman and her children enter our comprehensive program, they are immediately encircled with structure — mental health therapy, educational programs, life skills training, childcare, and extensive hands-on job training at one of three successful Saint John’s businesses. 96% of our mothers are placed in unsubsidized employment upon completion of employment training!

Employment training occurs at one of our two successful social enterprises, Plates Catering and Red Door Desserts. To graduate, women complete a minimum of 400 hands-on training hours, work through all of our employability and job-readiness classes, and maintain secure employment for 90 days.

Our proven and replicable model empowers women to overcome multiple barriers to employment and self-sustainability and to permanently escape the cycle of poverty and violence.

Saint John’s Businesses

100% of the proceeds from our social enterprises directly support formerly homeless women at Saint John’s working to build self-sustaining lives for themselves and their children.

Plates Catering

Plates Catering offers delicious American cuisine at affordable prices. When you let us cater your next event, your funds directly help to provide supportive services to women and children in need. So let us fill your appetite for delicious food and Real Change in our community.

For catering inquiries, please email

Red Door Desserts

In 2020, the closing of our two restaurants and our catering business due to COVID-19 meant that we needed to redevelop our employment training. We quickly shifted to our business to combine our internal strengths with a practical and memorable product that helps share our stories.

With Red Door Desserts, women at Saint John’s continue their hands-on employment training and learn to not only bake beautiful and delicious cookies and desserts, but also learn order management, supply chain elements, packaging and shipping.

Indulge and empower with a monthly cookie subscription to our Red Door Desserts Club. For just $30/month, enjoy delicious desserts made from scratch, and with love, from women in the hands-on employment training program at Saint John’s. Don’t miss the reviews in Sacramento Magazine and Beyonish.