Tour the Sojourner Center

As a follow-up to the annual luncheon we attended:

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Sojourner Center was founded in 1977 as an emergency program for women who had recently been released from prison. A passionate group of 12 visionaries recognized that women who were leaving the criminal justice system rarely had the skills or support to be successful in the outside world. Sojourner Center provided a temporary home as well as programs that taught self-sufficiency, empowerment, and family skills, which helped the women rebuild their lives and re-enter society.

During the first four years, the staff and Board of Directors found that the dominant issue affecting the women at Sojourner Center was domestic violence. In an effort to better meet the needs of the women staying at the shelter, the Board changed the mission to focus exclusively on serving victims of domestic violence.

Since then, the facility has grown from a house with only 28 emergency beds to three campuses with the capacity of 280 beds and 32 transitional apartments. Twenty- nine of the apartments are located at Sojourner Center's Transitional Family Living Campus. This facility also has a community clubhouse, as well as an education center, and a donation and resource facility which are currently under construction.

Sojourner Center is one of the largest domestic violence shelters the United States. As a direct result of its capacity, Sojourner Center is able to serve over 2,900 women and children annually.

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Yes, you can visit Sojourner Center!

Due to the sensitive, confidential nature of our work, a bit of mystery surrounds Sojourner Center. A one-hour tour of our campus demystifies what our shelter is and does, and focuses attention on the issue of domestic violence. Visitors hear the stories of the women and children living in the shelter and the experiences that brought them to us, and learn how Sojourner Center empowers them to rebuild their lives.

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  • Jean S.

    Amazing and inspiring!

    February 2, 2013

    • Marty B.

      Jean, did I sign up for this then not show up? I got the email to rate it so I wondered. Sure don't remember doing it. So sorry if I did. I've been a little preoccupied that last few weeks. Will tell you about it when I see you again which might not be for a month or two. But I will look forward to joining you again soon I hope.

      February 2, 2013

  • Ruth S.

    Excellent

    February 2, 2013

  • Roxanne

    Very interesting. Important to know about this. So glad I sent and also got to meet some of the other LLs. :)

    February 2, 2013

  • Jean S.

    Hey Tessie! Yeah - the directions and real address are in the e-mail sent out last night (for security reasons the 2330 is the "public" address).....

    *****everyone please make sure you check last night's e-mail for the right address!!

    February 1, 2013

  • Tessie

    Hi Jean,

    The address of 2330 E. Fillmore may be confusing. That is not where the tour takes place. There is another address on Fillmore that Sojourner sent you which is a little bit west of 2330. It is there that everyone should meet to get in for the tour. Hope this helps! I'm also going to send you an email re above. Tessie

    February 1, 2013

  • nancy r.

    Sorry I can't make it this time

    February 1, 2013

  • Jean S.

    Hi Ladies - I sent out the information to those who RSVP'd, let me know if you didn't receive it. Otherwise I will see you ladies in the morning! :-)

    February 1, 2013

  • Roxanne

    I will be there Saturday. I haven't met any of the liberal ladies in person yet; will we meeting out front?

    January 27, 2013

    • Roxanne

      Hi Jean, Okay, thanks for the quick response. I'm looking forward to this and to meeting the other ladies.

      January 28, 2013

    • Roxanne

      Hi Jean, My last name is Doty.

      January 28, 2013

  • Jean S.

    "A subcommittee of Phoenix City Council members was sharply divided Wednesday over a vote to award $100,000 in emergency funds to a domestic-violence shelter reeling from budget cuts.

    Council members Michael Nowakowski, Sal DiCiccio and Thelda Williams have pushed funding for the Sojourner Center, which has eliminated 80 beds for women and children since July. The shelter has been forced to turn away more victims because of a $474,000 loss of state funding."

    full article:

    http://www.azcentral.com/community/phoenix/articles/20121212council-divided-over-funds-domestic-violence-shelter.html

    December 14, 2012

  • Tessie

    As a previous volunteer for Sojourner Center - this is such an informative and worthwhile hour of person's time. Thank you, Jean, so much for setting this up!

    December 2, 2012

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