Give Them A Leg Up.

When you donate money, goods, or time, you’re helping over 1000 women and children kick poverty and abuse to the curb every year. So, every cent and every second you give can be just what someone needs to change their life. And you can rest assured your contributions are being put to uncommonly good use. Saint John’s is a program unlike any other. Driven by an entrepreneurial spirit, we help women and their families change their lives for the better through our subsidiary businesses – Plates Midtown, Plates Café and Catering, and First Steps. When you choose Plates Café, Plates Midtown and First Steps, you are helping to provide job training and supportive services to women in need. That means far more efficiency and efficacy – and far less waste. Visit

Monetary Donations

More than 550 women and their children are homeless on any given night in Sacramento County, representing a nearly 28% increase since 2009. Sadly, women and children are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population both locally and nationally. While Saint John’s has grown its capacity by 60% in recent years, now serving 180 women and children daily, 300 women and children remain on our daily waiting list because we simply don’t have the facilities, nor the financial capacity, to serve them. Saint John’s Program for Real Change, which operates by far the largest shelter in the region, offers an 18-month comprehensive program designed to result in self-sufficiency and eradicate the cycle of poverty and homelessness. The journey from dependence to independence for mothers and their children costs around $37,000, on average. When you donate, you’re contributing directly to their success. Donations can be made quickly and easily online or by sending a check or money order.

CLICK HERE to donate online

Saint John’s Program for Real Change 2443 Fair Oaks Blvd, #369 | Sacramento, CA 95825-7684 (Not a physical location. Mailing address only.)
Saint John’s Program for Real Change is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations to Saint John’s are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Our Tax ID # is 68-0132934.

Make A Memorial Donation

Give the gift of helping change someone’s life. Make a contribution on the behalf of others.
Click here to make a memorial donation today!

Donate Appreciated Stock

If you’re looking to write off any gains, Saint John’s would love to accept a donation of stocks to help fuel the comprehensive wrap-around services we provide. Click here for our stock form. Please reach out to Bethany Knudsen at if you have additional questions.

Consider Us When Planning Your Estate

Your legacy could leave an enormous impact on mothers and children in need for years – perhaps even decades – to come. Click here for more information on planning your estate with Saint John’s.

Give this season and send a holiday card

Donate to Saint John’s Program in honor of someone and personalize a holiday card using the comments section on the donation form. Click here to view and order cards now!

Donate Goods

Whether it’s clothes for school or job interview, a donation could make an enormous impact on a woman or child’s life.

Click here to view our ongoing needs.


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Drop off Items at our Donation Center – CLOSED

We are currently not accepting donations at our Donation Center. For questions, please reach out to us at

Donate a Vehicle

Donating your vehicle to Saint John’s Program For Real Change will make a world of difference for the women and their children we serve. Whether the vehicle goes straight to a family we serve, providing them much needed transportation, or is sold to provide us the critical funds we need to power our programs, your generosity directly changes lives.

We are proud to announce our new partnership with Vehicles for Charity, which allows us to accept used cars and trucks. With Vehicles for Charity, donating your vehicle is easy, and, you will receive a tax-deductible letter within a month of your contribution. For any questions or concerns concerning your letter, please let us know.

Again, your generous donation will make a profound difference in the lives of formerly homeless families who are on the road to independence and self-sustainability. Thank you in advance for your consideration and know that you have our deepest gratitude.

 To donate a vehicle, all you need to do is to complete a simple online form or call 1-866-628-2277. Vehicles for Charity will pick up your vehicle and provide you with a tax-deductible receipt, all at no charge to you. Please call 1-866-628-2277 or visit

View our FAQ here

Donate Time and Talent

Volunteers are vital to Saint John’s success, providing crucial support to our mission and staff, both on campus and at special events. With limited staff, volunteers make Saint John’s run – and run well! Whether you’re available once a week, once a month, or every once in a while, you can make a valuable contribution to our team.
Take a look at our available opportunities and click on the button below to sign up for our next volunteer orientation!

  • Prepare a Meal

    A hot, nutritious meal can reinvigorate the stomachs and souls of our families. Come by the kitchen and help us prepare and serve up some fresh, delicious food for lunch or dinner.

  • Help In The Office

    By helping with important daily tasks, you can make a big impact, ensuring our office runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

  • Childcare

    Our Children’s Room is always in need of volunteers who enjoy tutoring and playing games with children.

  • Teach a Class

    Want to share your talent and interests with others? Teach classes to our residents on knitting, dance, karate, art, music, gardening, poetry, yoga, and more.

  • Help at a Fundraising Event

    October: Polo for Change
    May: Party for Change
    Volunteering for our special events is a great way to support Saint John’s with no long-term commitment or prior experience. We host two amazing fundraising events each year which need the help of many volunteers.

  • Help In Our Donation Center or Warehouse

    Help organize our warehouse or help make the donation center run in tip-top shape by sorting and arranging donations for our clients.

CLICK HERE to become a volunteer

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Join the Circle

The Circle was founded in 2011 by a small group of dedicated volunteers, whose numbers are now 85 strong! Our members have volunteered countless hours and resources towards supporting the growth of the various Saint John’s programs, as well as providing integral support to Saint John’s annual fundraisers, Party for Change and Polo for Change, as well as our own quarterly Mix & Mingles and annual Holiday Luncheon.

Saint John’s Circle is dedicated to the growth of Saint John’s Program for Real Change, as our mission strives to support the women and children of Saint John’s through active volunteerism and fundraising.

2021 Circle Meetings occur on the 4th Tuesday of every month at Saint John’s from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

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Please contact Circle President, Elaine Robetcky, or Vice President, Selah Schoech at if you’d like additional information or click here to join the Saint John’s Circle and pay your membership dues (Only $25 per year!).


Give With Your Appetite

By dining at Plates Midtown, Plates Café, or by choosing Plates Catering to serve your next event, you’re not only eating fresh and locally sourced food – you’re supporting the employment training of Saint John’s clients and contributing to the success of the program as a whole. That’s because 100% of proceeds directly support mothers working to recuperate and reengineer their lives.

Click to view menus and order online!

Rent Our Facilities

Take advantage of our spacious employment training facility at Plates Café or Plates Midtown for your next meeting or event. Call us at (916) 381-2233 or email for more information.

Contact us

email us at:
2443 Fair Oaks Blvd, #369
Sacramento, CA 95825-7684
Mailing address only.
Not a physical location.
Nonprofit, 501(c)(3)
(Tax ID: 68-0132934).

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