March 13, 2018

Kelly Foundation awards $100,000 grant to Sacramento Cottage Housing, Inc.

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2017 Major Gift already aiding nonprofit agency’s evolution to become self-sustainable

SACRAMENTO, CA —March 13, 2016 The Kelly Foundation awarded its 2017 Major Gift of $100,000 to Sacramento Cottage Housing, Inc., a not-for-profit agency that provides long-term housing and a supportive living environment for formerly homeless individuals and families. The award constituted the Kelly Foundation’s largest single donation of the year and has been used to reinstitute the popular Skylab program that provides children at the agency’s Serna Village community with homework assistance, mentorship and special activities. The community recently launched Girl Scout Troop #5836 with an inaugural group of 26 girls, three adults and one staff member. The remainder of the funds will be used to empower Sacramento Cottage Housing to become more independent and self-sustaining with regard to establishing inroads for point-of-sale fundraising opportunities.

“Sacramento Cottage Housing has a strong track record of transforming lives through its innovative practices, and we are excited to partner with the agency as it reinforces and strengthens its operational capacity for the future,” said Shawn Kelly Devlin, President of the Kelly Foundation and Chairman of the Board of River City Bank. “We are confident that this donation will position Sacramento Cottage Housing to enhance its efforts to help at-risk families and individuals in the Sacramento region get back on their feet.”

Sacramento Cottage Housing currently operates two businesses as an extension of its services. One is a brick-and-mortar and e-commerce thrift store called Abundance, Books and More; the other is a mobile car detailing service named Finishing Touch. The entities equip residents with crucial life skills and employment experience as a portion of the agency’s “resiliency method” approach to mitigating the causal factors of homelessness. This method requires participants to create and pursue their own goals as they move from a state of dysfunction to self-sustainability and healthy engagement within the community.

“The Kelly Foundation has presented us with a truly unique and remarkable opportunity that no other organization has ever provided,” said Kristen Martin, Executive Director of Sacramento Cottage Housing. “This grant gives us the means to evolve our business practices through deep research and the implementation of new programs that will ensure our agency’s self-sustainability for years to come. It’s an absolutely forward-thinking gift that we intend to leverage to the furthest possible extent.”

Sacramento Cottage Housing manages two communities for those who are working to overcome the effects of homelessness, substance abuse, incarceration and other challenges. The agency’s family-focused community, Serna Village, has achieved a great deal of success in its 15-year existence, with 75 percent of its residents (6,600 individuals) having completed its program and secured permanent housing with finances, families and sobriety intact. In the same period, more than 40 participants have purchased their own homes.

The Kelly Foundation supports health and human services, education, culture, environment and civic improvement through its funding. Each year, the Foundation provides approximately $400,000 in grants to organizations that support the Sacramento region. Since merging with the RCB Foundation in 2009, the Kelly Foundation, of which River City Bank remains a major contributor, focuses on giving back to the greater Sacramento region through charitable donations.

About the Kelly Foundation

The Kelly Broadcasting Company’s KCRA-TV (Sacramento-Stockton-Modest, CA) went on the air on Sept. 5, 1955, and the owners of the Kelly Broadcasting Company established the Kelly Foundation in December 1988 as a formal vehicle for structuring charitable contributions. The Kelly family sold KCRA-TV in 1999 and have continued the Kelly Foundation ever since. In 2009, the River City Bank Foundation merged with the Kelly Foundation, and some executives of the Bank currently serve on the Foundation’s Board. Jon S. Kelly founded River City Bank and continues to support the Bank. His daughter, Shawn Kelly Devlin, currently serves as President and Chairman of the Board. The Kelly Foundation is an expression of the importance the Kelly family places on being a good neighbor and citizen in regions where they do business. For more information on the Kelly Foundation, please visit or call (916) 978-4892.

About Sacramento Cottage Housing, Inc.

Sacramento Cottage Housing, Inc. (CHI) is an innovative not-for-profit agency providing long-term housing and a supportive living environment for formerly homeless individuals and families struggling to overcome the effects of substance abuse, incarceration and other disabilities. CHI manages two communities: Quinn Cottages, primarily for single adults, and Serna Village which houses families. The program is solution-focused, participant driven and strength-based, enabling residents to create their own goals and successfully fulfill them as they travel the road from dysfunction to healthy self-sustainability while providing for their families and becoming individuals who are fully and healthily engaged in their communities. For more information on Sacramento Cottage Housing and its innovative programs, please visit or call (916) 648-8005.

About River City Bank

Recently named one of Sacramento Business Journal’s “50 Fastest Growing Companies,” River City Bank is the Sacramento region’s premier business bank with assets of $2.0 billion. River City Bank offers a comprehensive suite of banking services, including loans, deposits and cash management tools to the business, consumer and commercial real estate sectors. With tailored, executive-level service and a Five Star “Superior” financial rating from the nation’s leading independent bank-rating firm, Bauer Financial, River City Bank redefines the banking experience and every touch point that surrounds it. River City Bank is the largest, independent, locally-owned bank in the Sacramento region with an office in the San Francisco Bay Area and a presence in Southern California. For additional information, please visit or call (916) 567-2600. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.

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