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Causes: Homeless & Housing, Temporary Housing

Mission: Offering compassionate, faith-based recovery services to mothers and their children.

Results: Over the 16 years that Sojourner House has served Western Pennsylvania, we have helped hundreds of women start new lives of sobriety and provide stable homes for their children. Sojourner House MOMS is a step-up program for recovering women and their families who are homeless.  Sojourner House MOMS currently serves six families in Negley Place.  In September, 2007, we will add 10 new apartments and bring our total number of families to 16.

Target demographics: Homeless mothers seeking to overcome addiction and keep their children with them during their recovery.  Women must be 18 years of age or older.  Priority admission is given to women who are pregnant.  We accept women of all faiths from a variety of referring organizations in Western Pennsylvania.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Approximately 65 families per year benefit from our two programs.

Geographic areas served: Western Pennsylvania

Programs: Sojourner house moms (mentoring, opportunity, motivation, spirituality) focuses on strengthening family relationshps, promoting self-sufficiency, long-term sobriety and mental health. The organization's goal is to help mothers and children successfully continue their journey to recovery and confidently transition into the community. The organization has the capacity to serve 42 homeless families in independent housing. Services available to recovering women with at least 90 days of rehabilitation completed include job readiness and educational opportunities, life skills and parenting counseling. Recreational and additional prevention activities are provided for children. The organization promotes the willingness of applicants to meet program expectations and work toward drug and/or alcohol recovery, mental health recovery, employment and training and self-sufficiency. Since 2012, the organization served 124 women and 213 children with an average stay of approximately 500 days.

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