"JERICHO was founded in 1987 by Sister Sheila Walsh under the sponsorship of the Sisters of Social Service. JERICHO's purpose has been to protect the interests of poor people in California by equipping concerned citizens with advocacy tools for systemic change. From its beginning, JERICHO has provided focused advocacy at the state capitol and in legislative districts to effect structural change in public policies that affect those living in poverty. Recognized for its effective work by a bi-partisan host of legislators, JERICHO is the only statewide, interfaith, non-partisan, grassroots public policy organization in California founded specifically to educate and advocate on behalf of low-income individuals and families. It has been a collaborative force from its beginning-offering people of conscience an opportunity to ensure fairness in state legislation."