Join us on Friday, May 17, 2019 to celebrate the community that makes our work possible and commemorates those who have shaped the growth of our agency. Our goal is to raise $50,000 at our 4th annual breakfast.
New Harvest Coffee Roasters will proudly be serving their original coffee blend, "Sojo Mojoe" at the breakfast, and Alison Bologna will join us again as the event emcee.
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 Oliveiro 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.