Sojourner Center

Rating: 5 stars   11 reviews


Po Box 20156 Phoenix AZ 85036 USA


A world free from domestic violence.


Residential services: sojourner centers crisis shelters provide a safe and confidential living environment, staffed 24 hours per day, 365 days per year for women and children who are fleeing a domestic violence situation. Provisions of shelter, food and clothing are provided upon arrival at the shelter. Case managers support the women and families in their progress towards independent social and economic stability through a variety of services including education classes, support groups, safety planning, licensed onsite childcare and healthcare, lay legal advocacy services, life skills development and workforce readiness. In fy14, we provided 78,932 nights of shelter.

child development center: the center addresses the short and long term effects of a childs emotional, social and cognitive development who has witnessed domestic violence. Families have access to onsite licensed childcare and pediatric medical care, safety planning, developmental assessments, school-aged appropriate programming, and social support groups. Activities are focused on learning through play, teamwork, social development and cultural-sensitivity. Moms participate in family safety planning, non-violent discipline and parenting classes. In fy14, 176 children were served in the center.

supportive living: the transitional housing and supportive services program helps women gain the skills and resources necessary for obtaining and sustaining permanent housing and for living independently as individuals and/or as families. Residents work with their assigned case manager to develop a goal plan set into a timeframe for accomplishment and to achieve success. The plan is reviewed weekly, emphasizing appropriate goals for increasing income and the necessary life skills support that will assist them in obtaining permanent housing. Services provided to the residents include workforce readiness, financial literacy, employment counseling, lay legal advocacy, referrals to and assistance in accessing community resources, access to an onsite medical clinic, weekly support groups and social activities. For women with children, we provide onsite licensed childcare, developmental assessments, school-aged appropriate programming, social support groups and parenting classes. In fy14, 257 women and children were provided transitional housing.

lay legal: the lay legal advocacy program helps domestic violence victims attain safety and justice by assisting them in accessing the legal resources available to them. In fy14, two lay legal advocates served 1144 individuals. Advocates assist victims with securing orders of protection and "exclusive use of the home so the women and children wont be homeless, support with landlord-tenant issues (breaking a lease or avoiding eviction), legal separation or divorce, child support, custody and visitation, and modification of decrees as well as accessing other social services such as shelter, food, clothing, healthcare, and childcare.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Acceptance, understanding and empowerment are the three best adjectives I can use to describe what I feel when I walk through the gates at any of Sojourner Center's campuses. I have been a Vanguard (volunteer) at SC going on four years and have seen many transformations, including my own. I appreciate the level of commitment that is consistent throughout the staff, participants and Vanguards. Everyone from the director to the woman who just walked through the gates for the first time are all on a level playing field and I see this as a key element to Sojourner Center's success as an organization. Another key element Sojourner Center embraces is that they offer constant opportunities for choice as part of their empowerment model. Whatever a woman may choose as a path for for herself and her children, she is never judged. I am proud to support Sojourner Center and play an active role in overcoming the impact of domestic violence, one life at a time throughout our community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I found myself in an abusive marriage shortly after I became a Vanguard, and successfully ended the relationship with him and got my life back on track utilizing tools and support that SC offered.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I don't believe that i would change anything. Sojourner Center does need more funding, however, to be able to continue working as a well oiled machine and offer the services that the survivors of domestic violence in our community need.

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

i learn something new about myself and about the organization every time I step foot on campus - it never ceases to amaze me!

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It made me feel strong and confident. I felt like i was feeding my soul. Upon leaving I felt compelled to do more for the families utilizing SC's services as well as introducing others to SC's services.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I learned of Sojourner from a friend who is a survivor in 1993. I have been amazed year after year by the lives saved, the children healed, the families able to rebuild that might otherwise have no "normalcy". We hear the stories every day about the statistics but at Sojourner I see the faces. I am inspired by the dedication of the staff and the leadership but what I find most amazing are the women themselves. The stories of hopelessness transformed into passion for the future. These women and children given a safe environment blossom in front of your eyes. Each year I rededicate myself to serving in any way I can. My life is richer because of these women and children and this haven called Sojourner.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The healing of the women and children, the increase in public awareness, the involvement of the community, the development of a structured program that works, the inspiration to the volunteers when they see they can be part of real change.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't think of anything that isn't already being done.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My name is Ed, I have done maintenance for sojourner for about 7 months now. The mission of this organization is what drove me to them. Here at Sojourner what is said and done is aligned with the porpuse, the main focus and dedication of efforts are guided to empower the victims of domestic violence. This is not a pitty club, we do provide the tools and means to put real people back to the real world with its challenges, face the issues, get prepare and overcome obstacles.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have experience first hand the transformation of characters and the self steem greatly improved over time, on the participants as they advance into the progam.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I really do not have a sugestion on this area for now, since what I do maintenance, and I do not really participate on any other program now. As far as I can tell all departments work and relate on a very smooth and harmonious way.

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