The program supports soup kitchens and other places that benefit the less fortunate in the Sacramento community.

The program supports soup kitchens and other places that benefit the less fortunate in the Sacramento community.

St. John’s Lutheran church in Sacramento is making its presence known. According to the Summary Results, Methodology, and Technical report published by MKS Consulting, Sacramento’s homeless count was nearly 3,000 in 2009. Thankfully, organizations like St. John’s Shelter for Women and Children have been lending a much needed hand by providing for those in need, and the rates have actually been decreasing in more recent years.

Established in 1985, the program was created to provide emergency care for women and children in dire situations. A few years later, it became a public charity, broadening its horizons to helping all of Sacramento. Today, the program can house women and children for up to three months. They provide a number of services, including mental health counseling, drug and alcohol recovery programs, employment and housing services, and parenting and financial management classes.

The program is partners with other beneficial programs in Sacramento, such as Give Local Now and First Steps.

“I honestly love my church,” said Justin Chambers, a long-time member of St. John’s, “not only does it open its doors on Sundays, but provides so much more.” With the all-age music venue the Refuge, other charitable programs and more, St. John’s is definitely doing a lot in the community.

In fact, in January of 2013, the program will be holding a ‘guest chef night’, including wine tasting and more. Profits will go to a very good cause. Donations and volunteers are always welcome.

To learn more about St. John’s Shelter Program for Women and Children, you can go to http://www.stjohnsshelter.org/ or call (916) 453-1482.

If you are interested in the First Steps program, you can go here.

If you would like to know more about Give Local Now, you can visit here.