BENEFITING: Saint Johns Program For Real Change
ORGANIZER: Saint Johns Program For Real Change
EVENT DATE: Oct 10, 2016
Saint John's Program for Real Change unleashes the potential of mothers in crisis to improve their quality of life and enrich the lives of their families—breaking the cycle of poverty and dependence one family at a time. We accommodate 550 women and children each year with approximately 650 service hours each month and three levels of increasingly independent housing designed to propel them to self-sustainability.
When a family enters our 12-month comprehensive program, they are immediately encircled with structure, mental health therapy, domestic violence survivor support, alcohol/drug counseling, education, financial literacy classes, a Children’s Program, transportation services, AND extensive hands-on job training at one of three successful social enterprises. Thoughtfully designed to enable financial independence, 96% of Saint John's employment training graduates secure unsubsidized employment, in addition to improved health, improved coping skills, improved relationship and parenting skills, and improved budgeting skills.
While mothers are actively rebuilding their lives, a dedicated team works with their children to counteract the devastating effects of their situations. Children experience the benefits of a structured daily routine and a safe and predictable environment. Mothers become positive role models and their children begin exemplifying that behavior, breaking the generational cycle of poverty and abuse.