Thank you to all who joined us on Friday, May 17, 2019 for our 4th Annual Sojo MoJoe Breakfast! We had over 350 guests join us for an incredible morning honoring those in our community who have had a tremendous impact on our mission to end domestic and sexual violence:
Segue Institute of Learning - Community Partner Award
Matthew Oliverio & Stephen Prignano - Community Champion Awardees
Tracy Fitzpatrick - Legacy Awardee
Leonela* - Survivor Awardee
A special thank you to New Harvest Coffee Roasters for generously donating their special coffee blend - Sojo MoJoe - to the event, to Alison Bologna for joining us for the fourth year as our event Emcee, and to Yvonne Coyle for donating her photography talents to us this year.
Our 2019 Awardees
The Legacy Award: Tracy Fitzpatrick
The legacy award is for an individual who has a direct connection to Sojourner House - either as a former staff member or volunteer - and whose work has had a lasting impact on our organization.
Tracy Fitzpatrick, a Brown University graduate, was a founding member of Sojourner House when the organization first formed in the 1970s. She re-engaged with the agency in 2016 and was instrumental in helping to launch the agency's organizational endowment, as she spearheaded an initial fundraising effort that yielded over $12,000 in gifts.
The Community Champion Award: Matthew Oliverio and Stephen Prignano
The Community Champion Award is for an individual or individuals who is active and does work in the community that is relevant to Sojourner House's mission to end domestic and sexual violence. Matt and Steve joined forces with the ACLU to file suit against the City of Woonsocket on behalf of Sojourner House when grant funds were unconstitutionally withheld from the agency. With their efforts, the funds were restored to Sojourner House in their entirety.
Matt and Steve joined forces with the ACLU to file suit against the City of Woonsocket on behalf of Sojourner House when grant funds were unconstitutionally withheld from the agency. With their efforts, the funds were restored to Sojourner House
in their entirety
The Community Partner Award: Segue Institute for Learning
The Community Partner Award is presented to an individual or organization that has had a long-term partnership with Sojourner House.
The Segue Institute for Learning has been Sojourner House's partner in teen dating violence and teen pregnancy prevention work since 2013 with funding from a Teen Outreach Program (TOP) grant that is passed through the Department of Health. Hundreds of Segue students have been the beneficiary of this program since its inception.
The Sojourner Truth Award: Leonela
The Sojourner Truth Award is presented to a former Sojourner House client who has demonstrated strength and perseverance.
Leonela sought Sojourner House's services to help her rebuild a life for herself and her three children. She stayed in our emergency Safe House, moved to her own transitional housing apartment, and utilized the services of our immigration advocacy program.