St. John's Shelter for Women and Children (St. John's Shelter) empowers homeless women with children to advance from crisis to economic self-sufficiency through job training and placement, career advice and supportive services. We have a proven record of changing the lives of the women we serve, helping them develop the skills they need to re-enter and advance in the workforce, with the ability to create their own fixed assets, overcome structural poverty and become positive role models for their children.
Since our founding on the steps of St. John's Lutheran Church in 1985, we have served more than 29,000 homeless mothers and children and have moved well beyond the traditional model of "housed, fed and clothed" to include crucial social and economic reintegration. Our current facility offers comprehensive services 24 hours per day to more than 900 women and children annually. We are the largest shelter in Sacramento County, and the only one focused exclusively on homeless mothers and their children.
St. John's Shelter operates a 120-day Shelter, a Supportive Housing Program, an on-the-job Employment Training Program with three self-funded social enterprises, a Career and Education Placement Center (CEP Center) complete with GED services and career counseling, a full scale Mental Health Clinic with one-on-one case management and individual and family therapy, and an After-Care Program that provides ongoing support to program graduates. This year, we purchased a new shelter facility that is over twice the size of our current shelter, allowing us to better serve our clients and expand our Supportive Housing Program. Our comprehensive program brings the majority of necessary services under one roof, addressing the needs of the entire family and breaking the cycle of poverty - a seamless, 18-month Continuum of Care.
We have searched across the country and have not found another program similar to St. John's that has the ability to truly transition homeless women with children from dependence to independence. To date, 94 percent of our graduates have been placed in employment.
Contact St. John's Shelter Program at (916) 453-1482.