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October 8, 2013

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October 8, 2013

St. John's Shelter for Women and Children is the largest shelter in Sacramento County, and the only one focused exclusively on this vulnerable population. They go far beyond providing just shelter. Their program focuses on getting homeless mothers back on their feet through economic and social reintegration. St. John's operates a comprehensive Employment Readiness Program with three branches - Plates Cafe and Catering, Plates2go and First Steps Child Development Center - where mothers learn the skills to become independent providers for their families. The vision of this program is an incredible and inspirational model of homeless services.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

August 31, 2012
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August 31, 2012
2 people found this review helpful

I had to stay at St. Johns shelter 2 years ago and it was a terrible experience. The children were allowed to run and scream freely inside the shelter. They had no supervision. St. Johns claimed they were going to put more beds in the shelter with the funding the county gave them but that never happened. I still wonder where that money went. Often they would have supporters tour the shelter. I would listen to what the director at the time was telling the funders about the shelter which was nothing but lies. They painted a whole different picture than what the truth was. Staff was stealing supplies from the warehouse that was suppose to be for the homeless such as clothes, shoes, ect....It is an awful place to be.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

None

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

No

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Badly

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

March 21, 2011
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March 21, 2011
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St. John's Shelter for Women and Children provides a vital service in our region. They provide short term shelter, but they also work with women and their children to help them find stability in their lives...financial stability, housing stability, and stability for children. In additon to providing the shelter and having a program to transition families to permanent housing with intensive services, they also started a restaurant at which women can work...get job skills, learn to succeed, and get a good reference. This type of economic development is invaluable. Their staff are dedicated, skilled and great advocates for the families they serve.

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St. John's staff has placed families in the housing my nonprofit operates, has provided on-site services and has been successful in transitioning these families to be able to retain long term stable housing. I also frequent the restaurant, Plates, that they established to provide job training to the women they serve. It is an excellent restaurant...highly recommended.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get them more funding to provide assistance to families transitioning from homelessness into stability.

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