An "A" list group of community and business leaders gathered in Sacramento this morning to celebrate the unveiling of a new, larger shelter for homeless women and children.
A former industrial office building off of Jackson Road will soon be the new home of St. John's Shelter for Women and Children, thanks to a state grant of $1 million and hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations from private businesses, including $400,000 from Wells Fargo bank, shelter director Michele Steeb announced.
Mayor Kevin Johnson, Congresswoman Doris Matsui, restaurateur Patrick Mulvaney, Councilman Kevin McCarty and hundreds of others attended the event at the site of the new shelter, which is expected to open in August.
The shelter, founded in 1985, takes in some 1,200 women and children each year, but its current quarters just south of the new facility are cramped, Steeb said. The new building has almost three times the current space, and will have 31 bedrooms compared to its current 14.
St. John's focuses on teaching women life and job skills that can put them on a path toward independence, said Steeb.
"This is a place where lives will be transformed and dreams realized," said Mulvaney, who along with his wife Bobbin are longtime supporters of St. John's.
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