Sojourner House Announces Expanded Mission Statement
Sojourner House Expands Mission to Serve Victims of Sexual Assault as well as Domestic Violence
[Providence, RI] – Sojourner House, a comprehensive domestic violence agency that primarily serves Providence and northern Rhode Island, has expanded its mission to include victims and survivors of sexual assault.
Vanessa Volz, Executive Director of Sojourner House, stated, “For years we have recognized that many of the domestic violence survivors we serve also have a history of sexual abuse or have experienced sexual assault. Our updated mission seeks to better address our clients’ needs and send the message to victims and survivors that we can and will support you.”
The new mission of Sojourner House is "to promote healthy relationships by providing culturally sensitive support, advocacy, and education for victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence; and to effect systems change."
Sojourner House is also developing new programs to meet the needs of those they serve. This month, Sojourner House started offering permanent supportive housing for families impacted by violence, and later this fall, Sojourner House will be opening Rhode Island’s first shelter for victims of human trafficking.
By expanding its bilingual and culturally sensitive services for those impacted by domestic violence or sexual assault, Sojourner House will be able to help more people across Rhode Island. Now, victims and survivors who were previously underserved will have better access to a comprehensive continuum of services, including housing, free HIV testing, and bilingual advocacy.
“For victims and survivors, knowing that they have a place to turn for comprehensive services can be lifesaving,” said Volz. “Our goal is to support all those who are overcoming abuse by helping them rebuild their lives.”
January 6, 2016
We are excited to be partnering with Thundermist Health Center to help provide more complete services to domestic violence victims in Woonsocket. With a new federal grant, we will be providing Thundermist patients with safety-planning and support resources in the city with the highest rate of intimate partner violence in Rhode Island. Read the Woonsocket Patch article here.
Opening a New Shelter in 2016
December 30, 2015
After the New Year we received keys to a new Transitional Housing Apartment! We are so excited to be able to provide even more safe living spaces for victims of domestic violence and their families. We are currently looking for furniture donations to furnish the new space. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 401-861-6191 to inquire about specific needs.
Sojourner House Featured in Love Life Magazine
December 22, 2015
We were featured in December's Love Life Magazine, a digital publication that promotes domestic violence awareness. Check out the video spot below!
Share the Spirit Brings Holiday Cheer to Rhode Island
December 15, 2015
Rhode Island citizens and businesses came out in droves to "adopt a family" in our Share the Spirit Holiday gift-giving initiative. Thanks to their generosity, Sojourner House families will have the holiday peace and happiness that they deserve with gifts and goodwill for all!
Writing with Purpose at Wheaton College
December 7, 2015
Senior Women's & Gender Studies majors at Wheaton College (Norton, MA) spent their semester hard at work writing two grants for Sojourner House as part of their Senior Seminar coursework. Read the article about their work here.
$1,000,000 from the New England Patriots
Football giants The New England Patriots have donated $50,000 for 2015 with a promise of another $50,000 if our 2016 fundraising goals are met. Their donation will go to funding more transitional housing for victims of domestic violence in Rhode Island. Read the Providence Journal article here.
$30,000 Success with the 100 Campaign
May 15, 2015
On the last day of the campaign, we surpassed our goal of raising $30,000, making safe, independent housing a reality for more Rhode Islanders who need it. Thank you to our outstanding community of supporters!
The Vagina Monologues in Their Third Year
April 27, 2015
We came together at Chan's Fine Oriental Dining in Woonsocket for our third annual production of The Vagina Monologues, celebrating our bodies and ourselves through theater and community.