St. John’s Program for Real Change
St. John’s Program for Real Change is a special program for woman who are ready to make a change in their life. The program serves as a shelter/rehabilitation program for homeless and battered women and their children.
“We provide more than shelter and food. We provide the ability to rise above devastating, negative elements and achieve job-readiness and self-sustainability. Entry into the program is limited, and each step is extremely rigorous. But those who see it through end up with rewarding, happy, and productive lives – for themselves, and for their children.”
We serve dinner the 4th Wednesday of each month, and use the shelter’s kitchen and dining hall to prep/serve dinner. Our menu is: cheesy tuna noodle casserole, vegetarian casserole, buttered corn, green salad, rolls, fruit, and cookies. We serve between 60-100 people (usually around 70).
When you arrive depends on what you are doing that evening. We bring all the ingredients for the meal. The prep crew brings the ingredients for the casseroles, arrives at 4:00 and starts the cooking. We help prep the casseroles, and get the dining room ready. There are others who bring salad, rolls, and cookies and they arrive between 4:30 and 5:15. Dinner is served between 5:30 and 5:45, depending on when the casseroles are ready and the shelter’s residents have finished their pre-dinner meeting.
We serve cafeteria style, and when dinner is over, you are welcome to stay and help yourself to casserole and whatever else is left over. Shelter residents are assigned clean-up duty, so we just gather our belongings and leave around 6:00-6:15.
The facility located at 8401 Jackson Road, Sacramento. They are just southeast of the intersection of Jackson Highway and Folsom Blvd.