EY’s mission is to build a better working world. “That’s the core of our purpose as a company. It’s what we do as advisors and consultants with our commercial clients and government leaders we work with, and it’s important that our people, values and purpose go beyond our work and into our communities,” says Heidi Steinecker, EY’s Health and Human Services (HHS) Government Transformation Leader from California.
In addition to financial matching programs with employee giving, sponsored fundraising events and volunteer days called EY Connect Days, EY has a global Ripples program, where employees use their talents and skills to provide free services on community projects around the globe. Today, homelessness is one of society’s biggest crises and EY teams worldwide have helped communities address the issue.
In addition to prevention services, a key way to help the unsheltered become sheltered, stable and secure is semi-permanent housing programs with wraparound services to help people through life transformation. “Upon researching successful models and programs that transformed lives forever, EY’s HHS team discovered Saint John’s Program for Real Change,” Steinecker says.
Saint John’s Program for Real Change unleashes the potential of women and children in crisis to end the cycle of poverty and dependence, one family at a time. Since 1985, Saint John’s has supported more than 30,000 formerly homeless women and children, providing them with tools and knowledge to change their lives. The organization operates the Sacramento region’s largest residential program for formerly homeless women and children — and the only one to focus on mothers, helping them reach stability and sustainability through comprehensive, trauma-informed and responsive services, employment training and housing placement.
Julie Hirota, Saint John’s CEO, says, “We are grateful for our community partners, especially to EY for their ongoing commitment to healthier, stable lives and the focus this Mother’s Day on the mothers and children at Saint John’s Program for Real Change.”
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