Thank you to all of those who joined us on Friday, May 12, 2017 at our 2nd Annual Sojo MoJoe Breakfast! This event raised nearly $35,000 in support of our mission to end domestic and sexual violence, with over 250 guests and community partners in attendance. It was a special morning celebrating the 40+ years of anti-violence work we do here in Rhode Island.
Eesha Pandit, a Houston-based author, activist, and social justice consultant, delivered a powerful keynote address. As the co-founder and managing partner at The Center for Advancing Innovative Policy (CAIP), Eesha specializes in working with organizations to create innovative policy advocacy strategies that succeed in fostering progressive policy change and building vital connections across movements.
Sharing stories that illuminated the connection between systemic injustice and domestic violence, Pandit said, “Our most transformative movements require bold truth telling. Violence is functional. In order to support survivors, we must address systematic oppressions. Race, class, and gender impact how systems respond - we are each other’s antidote.”
We also honored former Executive Director Kendra Marasco with a Legacy Award, and domestic violence survivor Kimberly Cruz with a Survivor Award.
Kimberly left many in the room in tears with her speech after receiving the Survivor Award, which was presented in recognition of the inspiration she has provided to other victims and survivors by sharing her story. “Today, I have yet to arrive at my destination but I can honestly say I'm having an absolute blast knocking down the naysayers and the theoretical obstacles along my way” Kimberly said. “That is the beauty in the journey that I want for every woman struggling with this personal choice – just choose YOU. No permission required!”
The proceeds from this event will be used to support our Drop-In Resource Center, transitional housing program, and emergency Safe House for victims of relationship abuse. We also offer helpline support and advocacy, youth programs for children who witness violence, HIV-testing and counseling, violence prevention education, and empowerment groups.
Thank you, once again, to New Harvest Coffee Roasters for serving their custom Sojo MoJoe blend to our guests. With hints of blackberry, brown sugar, and rich dark chocolate, this unique blend was created to help support the work that Sojourner House does in the Providence and northern Rhode Island communities.
Thank you to all of our sponsors and attendees who made this event a success. We cannot wait to see you again in 2018!
Thank you to our 2017 Sojo MoJoe Sponsors! For 2018 sponsorship inquiries, email firstname.lastname@example.org