Just off a busy, industrial street, the shaded office building looks like any other. But after passing through the front doors, the Edelman team found much more than a typical day at work.
In honor of 603, Edelman’s 60th anniversary Summer of Service celebration that engaged our 60+ offices to volunteer for 60 days with organizations focused on alleviating hunger and poverty, Edelman Sacramento spent our Summer of Service hours joining the team at St. John’s Shelter for Women & Children. Women come to the shelter to escape domestic violence, drug addiction and homelessness. Unique from a typical shelter, St. John’s program is designed to provide mothers with skills to help them transition to self-sustainability. Residents are required to spend their days taking onsite classes, studying for their GEDs, or garnering skills from the hospitality and childcare industry. St. John’s even has an offsite restaurant, Plates, which provides the women an opportunity to put their new-found knowledge into practice.
Edelman Sacramento rolled up our sleeves in the donation center to sort through and organize the boxes of clothes, toiletries and baby items that St. John’s provides for its residents. We also slipped on our hairnets and helped make dinner for the residents, trying our hand at couscous.
In addition, members of the Edelman team interviewed current residents of St. John’s, to be used as testimonials of hope for others. From a woman who had spent more than a decade in prison, to a former gang member hoping to be a chef, their stories profoundly impacted us all.
Edelman Sacramento is grateful for the opportunity to have played even a small role in a program that is truly making a difference.
Kari Miskit is a Senior Account Supervisor in the Sacramento Office. She has been with the firm for seven years specializing in health communications, travel and tourism, and media relations.