Saint John's Program for Real Change

Reviewed by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation

$61,502 raised by 241 donors

62% complete

$100,000 Goal

Since 1985, Saint John’s Program for Real Change has operated the largest residential program for women and children experiencing homelessness in the Greater Sacramento region, providing the tools necessary for clients to attain lives of well-being and economic self-sustainability. By addressing the root causes of homelessness through an immersive, comprehensive program, Saint John’s offers a path to economic prosperity for the most vulnerable members of our community, continuing to demonstrate that Real Change is possible when unhoused clients receive the support and services necessary to heal and address complex and cooccurring barriers to self-sustainability.

With the support of community partners and volunteers, Saint John’s provides services 24 hours/day, 365 days/year, offering shelter, meals, childcare, and comprehensive support services, including the following:

      - BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES: Client needs are met with up to 21 hours each week of substance use disorder treatment services, as well as comprehensive mental health and wellness programming. Individual, family, and/or group therapy are available for both women and children. For many, the experience of homelessness stems from, and exacerbates, addiction and mental health challenges. Developing positive coping strategies for trauma and other adverse life experiences is a critical component to improving health and stability. 

     - SUPPORTIVE SERVICES: Women receive individualized case management and courses on life-skills, financial literacy, parenting, and healthy relationships. Support is also provided to reunify families when children have been placed in protective custody.      

     - ON-THE-JOB TRAINING: Over the course of our program, women gain up to 400 hours of hand-on employment training through our social enterprises, Red Door Desserts and Plates Catering. By learning responsibility, accountability, work ethic, and teamwork, women develop the skills for gainful employment.

     - CAREER EDUCATION: Our Career Education and Placement Center provides career guidance, employability workshops, high school diploma preparation and attainment, job readiness services, and computer literacy courses. As a result, formerly homeless women prepare to embark on a path toward a successful career.

     - CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMING: While women are rebuilding their lives, their children receive childcare and after-school services, with the critical social/emotional needs of children being met by trained staff who support a child’s integration into a school community and support children in improving their academic and personal success. At Saint John's, families experience the benefits of living in a safe, structured, and predictable environment. 

In 2023, Saint John’s also launched a Housing Assistance Program offering financial assistance with rent payments or a security deposit. This program is available to any individual in the region regardless of gender who is experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. Saint John’s also operates a Female Community Reentry Program for currently incarcerated women in partnership with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.


The mission of Saint John’s Program for Real Change is to provide a safe space for women and children to heal and develop the skills necessary to transform their lives. Our work is guided by a vision to end the generational cycle of trauma and homelessness.


Individual donations cover a large portion of our annual operating costs. As an example of what your contribution means to the women and children we serve:

$25 provides educational tools and craft supplies for children in need.

$50 provides a warm blanket, pillow, and sheets for one woman or child.

$100 provides shelter for a mother and her child for 24 hours.

$200 provides 108 nutritious meals.

$300 provides a mother and her child with full support for 24 hours, including housing, drug and alcohol counseling, mental health therapy, parenting education, and childcare.

$500 provides two weeks of nurturing daily childcare for a child in need.

$1000 provides hands-on employment training for one woman for one month.

Organization Data


Organization name

Saint John's Program for Real Change

Year Established


Tax id (EIN)


Mission Category

Human Services

Operating Budget

$5,000,001-$10 million

Organization Need

Funding: Unrestricted, Volunteers, In-Kind Donations, Funding: Program

Demographics Served

Homeless/Underhoused/Unhoused, Low-income individuals/families, Women/Female-identifying

BIPOC Leadership

Board Chair

Local Counties Served

Sacramento, El Dorado, Placer, Yolo


2443 Fair Oaks Blvd. #369
Sacramento, CA 95826

Service areas

Sacramento, CA, US



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