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Sojourner Center

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Domestic Violence, Family Violence Shelters, Homeless & Housing

Mission: A world free from domestic violence.

Programs: 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.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5


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.