In May, we donated the funds raised during our casual Fridays to Sojourner House. We raised $160, and our agency matched it for a total donation of $320. Our client, Christine McDermott, is the president of the organization.
Sojourner House is a long-standing charity founded in 1978. Its vision is to create a world free of sexual abuse and domestic violence. Obviously, this is a tall order and their goal embraces many communities, groups, individuals, and efforts.
It began with concerned Brown University students volunteering their time, but it has grown to a comprehensive service providing 24/7 access for victims. The namesake of the organization is the 19th century woman Sojourner Truth, who traveled throughout the U.S speaking for women and slaves to instill strength and promote freedom. A “sojourn” is also a place to temporarily stay as victims as they try to recover from the trauma of these crimes.
Today’s services include hotlines, support groups, emergency shelter, transitional housing, a drop-in center, and sexual health assistance. The programs help victims build strength and independence as they recover from abuse. This worthwhile organization also works hand-in-hand with over 50 community partners to provide victims with needs beyond their scope.
Sojourner House provides prevention and education programs throughout Rhode Island too so others learn to recognize and understand the implications of domestic abuse.
As well, Sojourner House raises awareness about related problems such as teen violence, male abuse, elder abuse, LGBTQ partner abuse, and HIV/AIDS prevention and offer specialized services to address these issues. They also assist immigrants and victims of human trafficking through the THEIA (Trafficking Housing Empowerment Immigration Advocacy) Project.
Since 1976, over 60,000 individuals used the services of Sojourner House and the charity averages about 3,000 new clients annually. The organization embraces respect, compassion, fairness and equality in everything thing they do and believe everyone has the right to work and live free from abuse.
By working hard for social change and individual empowerment, they strive to eliminate the misguided notion that violence is acceptable and offer individuals hope for a better, stronger future; regardless of their roots, lifestyle, or current ideas.
Sojourner House depends heavily on fundraising and donations to continue their worthwhile work. If you would like to contribute, you can do so via the Mighty Cause website. You can also read more about their valuable work on their website, www.sojournerri.org.
By promoting healthy relationships and providing sensitive support, education, and advocacy, Sojourner House hopes to end domestic and sexual violence and effect systems change.