4410 Power Inn Road
(916) 453-1482
Chair, Board of Directors
Garry Tabor

St. John's Shelter Program for Women and Children is a local non-profit shelter.

The goal of St. John's Shelter Program is to support homeless women and children to advance from a point of crisis to a position of self-sufficiency. Through the use of various programs, St. John's Shelter Program makes an investment to try to teach women and children how to be independent and positive contributors to our community.

St. John's Shelter has supported more than 25,000 displaced homeless women and children since it was founded in 1985. Today, the shelter offers 24-hour comprehensive services and a 90-day program to homeless women and children. The shelter provides all the tools necessary to improve the lives of these women and children in order to make them independent and productive citizens. When the participants join the program, they begin their journey at the shelter by developing the vision of how to break the obstacle of dependence. The next step toward recovery is at Plates Cafe, where the participants learn job training skills. Lastly, participants end their journey at Greenway Village, where they are provided with housing to help them reach their goal of self-sustainability.


  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Domestic Violence Counseling
  • Drug and Alcohol Recovery Programs
  • Employment Services
  • Housing Services
  • After School Program for children
  • One-on-one Tutoring Services
  • GED Training Program for its residents and alumnae
  • Workshops on Job Training
  • Workshops on Fitness and Nutrition
  • Workshops on Parenting
  • Workshops on Budgeting and Financial Management
  • Workshops on Self-Developing
  • After-Care Program

All of these services are provided for homeless women and children. The After-Care Program, is one of the most important services provided because it ensures the success of these women and children after they complete the 90-day program. This program continues to provide training to make sure that women and children experience a smooth transition back into the community. Persons who graduate the program are then helped to get a job and encouraged to stay on the road toward a good future.


St. John's Shelter Program offers a variety of volunteer opportunities with different time-commitment options. A one-hour volunteer orientation is needed the first and third Saturday of every month at 10am to be familiar with the facility. Further details are also given on the different opportunities available. For more information or if interested, the Volunteer Coordinator can be contacted at (916) 453-1482.

  • Kitchen
    • Assist in preparing and serving meals without having to clean up. Volunteer opportunities available for partial or full shifts for Weekday Lunch from 10:30am – 1:00pm; Daily Dinner from 4:30pm – 6:30pm; or Sunday Brunch from 10:30am – 1:00pm. Must be 16 or older.
  • Office Staff Assistant
    • Assist staff with daily tasks such as: filing, copying, answering telephones, assisting clients with washing clothes, and/or assisting with serving meals. Shifts are typically 3-5 hours each, with a weekly commitment encouraged. Must be 16 or older.
  • Children's Room
    • Volunteers are greatly needed who enjoy playing with children, and are able to assist staff with tutoring. Duties may also include assisting with craft activities, sewing, baking, or playing computer games. Must be 16 or older.
  • Workshops with the Residents
    • Volunteers are needed to share their skills, special interests and talents with the residents. Giving classes in knitting, dance, karate, art, music, gardening, poetry, and yoga is welcomed.
  • Food/Donation Transport
    • Assist customer service team and kitchen staff with the pick-up and delivery of donations to the shelter. Volunteers with a large truck or SUV are encouraged. Volunteers who will be available on an on-call basis to assist staff when the need arises are greatly needed. Must be able to lift 30-50 lbs.
  • Donation Center
    • Volunteers are needed who are willing to sort donations and arrange donations in the “clothing closet” for the clients on Monday – Saturday from 10am – 5pm.
  • Aftercare Program Deliveries
    • Assistance is needed in delivering donated furniture and other household items to the After Care clients.


The shelter relies on donations from the public, in order to provide help to homeless women and children. Donations can be made in person or through donate.net, a safe website used to make donations online. Other types of donations include:

  • Memorial Donations
  • Leave a Legacy
  • United Way
  • Clothing, Food and Household items
  • Volunteer Your Time

Donations are accepted Monday - Saturday from 10am to 5pm. Donations are dropped of at 4410 Power Inn Road, Sacramento CA 95826. Please contact Rachele Burton at rburton@stjohnsshelter.org, or call (916) 453-1482 if you wish to donate. The following are some of the items this organization need. If you wish to view the entire list of items, please visit http://www.stjohnsshelter.org.

Wish List

On Going Needs:

  • First Aid Kits
  • Umbrellas
  • Napkins
  • Shower Caps
  • Paper Towels
  • Toilet Paper
  • Dish Soap
  • Foil Wrap
  • Blankets: Twin and Full
  • Bus Passes
  • Batteries
  • Hair Grease

Children's Program:

  • Diaper Wipes
  • Colored Pencils
  • Backpacks
  • Pajamas
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Sippy Cups
  • Baby Bottle
  • Board Games
  • Computer Academic Software
  • Baby Toiletries
  • Gift Cards


  • Serving Platters
  • Dinner Plates
  • Fruit Juice
  • Coffee
  • Coffee Mugs
  • Lunch Food
  • Industrial Food Processor
  • Serving Pitchers

Office Supplies:

  • File Folders
  • Pens
  • Notepads
  • Copy Paper

Career Center:

  • Copy Paper
  • Pens
  • Ink for Printers
  • Day Planners
  • Flash Drives
  • Lap Tops

After-Care Program: (To help Graduating families)

  • Lightly used furniture/ including matresses
  • Basic Kitchen Supplies
  • Basic Bathroom Supplies
  • Basic Bedroom Supplies

A complete 2011 wish list can be viewed at http://www.stjohnsshelter.org/_pdf/Wishlist2011v1.pdf



Images courtesy of www.stjohnsshelter.org This report was written for Cynthia Linville’s English 20 class at CSU Sacramento Fall 2011.