THANK YOU for choosing Sojourner House for your donation

 

Our supporters changed the lives of nearly 3,000 individuals like Andrea who accessed our programs and services in 2017. Without these services many of our clients would be homeless and living in fear of their abuser. The number of clients who receive our support and are seeking our services is higher than ever, and your support is needed now to keep this work going.

 
Andrea

Meet "Andrea"

My children and I came to Sojourner House in August 2012. We were on the streets, alone, with no family to support us, no money, or a home to live in. I thought my world had ended. I was broken, full of fear and despair, and unsure of our future - the pain and sadness I felt seeing my children suffer was indescribable.

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Through Sojourner House, we were able to stay in emergency housing, where we received support and affection, and my children received services to help them cope with their trauma. Little by little, the advocates at Sojourner House taught me how to love myself, value who I was, and most importantly, gave me hope for the future.

In November of that same year, we were blessed to get into an apartment through Sojourner House's transitional housing program. I knelt down and cried when I got the news - the joy of having our own home was unlike anything I had ever felt before. Sojourner House gave us a new life; a life of peace and security.

Now, I am a happy, secure, and independent woman with a permanent home and a job to support myself and my children. My kids and I would not be where we are right now had it not been for Sojourner House. This is an organization that saves lives. I have lived first-hand what it is like to lose hope, but have been blessed to find people who give it back. I am forever grateful to Sojourner House for giving us the chance to rebuild our lives free of abuse and pain, and I know the hundreds of victims who receive your services feel the same way I do. Thank you.

 

Your support will help fund advocacy, housing, and other support services for those who have experienced abuse. Your gift will also support an array of prevention and education services offered in the communities we serve. These types of donations also help us address gaps in services that other types of funding don't cover, which helps us provide more comprehensive services to all victims of domestic and sexual violence violence.

If you'd like to meet with a member of our administrative team to discuss your donation, please don't hesitate to call (401) 861-6191.  Thank you.

Donate online: Make a quick and secure donation to Sojourner House using Razoo

Donate by Mail: Please make checks payable to Sojourner House.

         Sojourner House
         386 Smith Street
         Providence, RI 02908

Donate by Phone: Please call 401-861-6191 to make your gift over the phone using your credit card. Sojourner House accepts all major credit cards. Please be prepared to read your credit card information and indicate if your donation is a memorial or tribute gift (see below).


More Ways to Give

Shop at Amazon Smile.  Visit Amazon.com/smile to designate Sojourner House as your charity of choice.  Half of one percent of every Amazon Smile-eligible purchase you make will be donated to Sojourner House.  You'll never pay more than you would on regular Amazon purchases.

Host a Fundraising Event: Many of our supporters enjoy planning and managing their own special event to raise money for Sojourner House. For example, recently a donor collected contributions at his 60th birthday celebration, and a local hair salon held a "Cut-a-Thon" with all proceeds going to support Sojourner House. We've had fashion shows, cupcake sales, house parties, "dress-down-in-purple" days, and even liquid charity events. If you, your friends, or your workplace would like to host a fundraising event for us, please call 861-6191 to discuss your idea with us and make arrangements.

Memorial and Tribute Gifts: A memorial gift (honoring someone who is deceased) or a tribute gift (honoring someone who is living) on behalf of a loved one, friend, co-worker, or someone else who has touched your life or the life of someone you care about is a wonderful way to help Sojourner House.  Contact us for more information.

Workplace Giving: There are often many ways in which you may contribute to Sojourner House through your workplace. Listed below are just a few of those ways.

Matching Gifts: Ask your employer if they have a matching gift program. Many employers encourage their employees to give to charitable organizations. Many employers will match your gift dollar for dollar. Some employers even double or triple your donation. Please contact your employer to find out if your employer has a matching gift program! 

Company Sponsored Events/Contests: Does your company hold a dress down day, select local charitable agencies for their holiday giving program, or hold company sponsored contests where proceeds are given to area nonprofits? Sojourner House would be pleased to be the recipient of your workplace charitable gift. If you would like to know more about how you can contribute to Sojourner House through a company sponsored program or event contact our Development Office.

United Way: Gifts can be made to Sojourner House through United Way's annual community campaign in your workplace. Simply fill out the United Way form given to you by the campaign coordinator or human resource office. In the Optional Box under specific agency designation, provide the following information: Sojourner House, 386 Smith Street, Providence, RI 02908 and indicate the amount of your United Way contribution you would like designated to Sojourner House.

Combined Federal Campaign (CFC): This charitable giving program is for federal employees, including those serving in the armed forces. Sojourner House's CFC designation number is 78861. For more information contact your human resource department for a copy of the CFC Handbook.

State Employee Charitable Appeal (SECA): Rhode Island State Employees may make contributions to charitable agencies of their choice. For more information, contact your human resource office.

Planned Giving: Donations can also take the shape of

  • Stocks and Securities
  • Bequests & Trusts
  • Life Income Gifts
  • Life Insurance
  • Real Estate
  • Retirement Plan Assets

    Your support is important to us and we want you to feel comfortable in meeting your charitable goals. As you can see, there are many ways in which you can make a difference in the lives of others. 

    For more information on how you can make a charitable gift to Sojourner House call us at 401.861.6191 or email info@sojournerRI.org.

     

    Other Ways to Show Your Support

    + Volunteer together

    Sojourner House can accommodate groups of volunteers interested in helping with specific events or special projects such as yard work or building maintenance. We welcome corporate groups, classes, faith groups, as well as school organizations and clubs with appropriate advance notice. Groups that can provide their own materials (cleaning supplies, tools, etc.) are especially helpful!

    For more information, please e-mail info@sojournerri.org. To help us decide if your group is a good fit for our current needs, please be sure to include:

    • The size of your group
    • The number of hours you are looking to volunteer (e.g. half a day, full day, a few hours, etc.)
    • The date you were looking to volunteer and whether this date is flexible.
    • The type of project you have in mind
    • Whether there are any restrictions to the tasks your group can do.

    + Host a donation drive

    We rely almost entirely on donations to keep our Safe House and our Transitional Housing apartments furnished, stocked, and comfortable. Consider hosting a donation drive at your workplace, school, or faith community to collect some of these much-needed items. We are always in need of:

    • Gift cards to places like Stop & Shop, Walgreens, CVS, Walmart, etc. enable our clients to purchase items we may not be able to provide to them, and gives them the freedom and autonomy to make decisions around what items they use for their family.
    • Cleaning supplies. With all of our different residential programs, we in constant need of cleaning supplies for general maintenence as well as for deep cleanings when clients move in and out of our programs.
    • Bed Linens. As clients move in and out of our shelter and apartments, we are often in need for NEW twin-sized sheets, blankets, and pillows.
      Please note: due to the bed bug epidemic at shelters across the state, we are unable to accept any used bedding.
    • Towels. Often clients arrive to our shelter with nothing more than a garbage bag containing clothes and other necessities. There are few comforts that make someone feel home than a set of fresh (new) towels.
      Please note: for sanitary reasons, we are unable to accept any used towels.
    • RIPTIKS. Many of our clients rely on public transportation to get around. This includes those in our residential programs in Northern Rhode Island who need to access our Drop-In Center in Providence on a regular basis.

    + Join an event committee

    We are always looking for dynamic individuals to help us plan some of our most anticipated fundraising events, such as our Masquerade Ball or Spring Campaign! This is a great opportunity for folks who are looking to get their feet wet with event planning, add skills to their resume and/or to volunteer with an organization that makes an incredible impact on families and individuals in Rhode Island.

    For more information, please contact Alicia Gauvin, Director of Development at agauvin@sojournerri.org or 401-861-6191, x110.

    + Provide a workshop/skills-based training to clients or staff

    We welcome local professionals who want to share their talents and expertise with our clients and/or staff.
    We encourage you to give us a call at 401-861-6191 or email info@sojournerri.org if you have a workshop or skills-based training that you believe would be beneficial. Please note: we often need a month's leadtime to ensure a good turnout.

    + Use us as an excuse to celebrate!

    Many of our supporters enjoy planning and managing their own special event to raise money for Sojourner House. Host a cocktail party at your home where you encourage your guests to make a donation to Sojourner House, or consider asking friends to donate to us in lieu of gifts for your next birthday. There are many easy and fun ways to give that make a huge impact!

    For more information and assistance, please contact Alicia Gauvin, Director of Development at agauvin@sojournerri.org or call 401-861-6191, x110.

    + Help welcome our clients home

    Help a family or individual turn their new apartment into a home by putting together a Welcome Home Kit. These kits are laundry baskets filled with all the household necessities clients need to feel comfortable in their new housing. The contents of Welcome Home Kits vary according to the individual needs of the household, but commonly included items include:

    • Dishes and utensils
    • Cleaning supplies
    • Laundry supplies
    • Paper towels
    • Toilet paper
    • Shower curtains
    • Towels (new only)
    • Kids’ pajamas (new only)
    • Toothpaste
    • Toothbrushes
    • Dish soap
    • Sponges
    • Shampoo
    • Pillows (new only)

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