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 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.
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.