At Sojourner House, we’re transforming lives and building better futures for victims of abuse, but we can’t do it alone. We need your help.

Sojourner House has embarked on a 1.5 Million Capital Campaign for our building on Westminster Street – the new home of our housing, counseling, and immigration legal services programs, and our Drop-In Advocacy & Resource Center. The campaign will help to ensure the continued impact of these programs, and allow our team to focus existing funds on providing trauma-informed services to clients and community members rather than on building repairs and maintenance costs.


The Need to Expand

In recent years, Sojourner House has seen a significant increase in the demand for our services. To meet this need, the agency grew– and grew some more! We added new staff and new programs, which enabled us to expand our community impact. In the summer of 2022, it became apparent that we needed to invest in more space in order to sustain this growth. That’s when we decided to purchase 1570 Westminster Street in Providence.

Westminster Today

Our Westminster Street property has become a prominent symbol of hope in the West End, and a critical resource for the community. The building houses our clinical, immigration, and advocacy teams, and serves as the central Drop-In Center for clients. At the Drop-In Center, community members can seek information about support, and victims of abuse can get immediate access to care. Also in this location, the operator of our 24/7 helpline works, we keep our basic needs pantry, and we host the majority of our housing clinics and support groups.

Securing the Future of this Resource

In the Spring of 2023, Sojourner House publicly announced the launch of a $1.5M Capital Campaign to create organizational capacity to pay off the mortgage on our 1570 Westminster Street property, pay for needed repairs, and create an operating reserve fund for future building expenses. In addition to supporting our advocacy efforts, this campaign also helps to support preservation and maintenance work on this iconic, historic Mansard building that has been a cornerstone of the West End since 1876.

The impact of this growth

Since we moved our Drop-In Center in December 2022, the Westminster Street team has:
– Answered 1,507 hotline calls
– Supported 247 clients at our Providence housing clinic
– Provided 147 agency-based clinical counseling sessions
– Provided 693 immigration advocacy sessions

How the space has improved our services

“By moving our Drop-In Center to Westminster Street, we’ve been able to connect more clients to staff and staff to clients. The set up of the new building has enabled us to provide the most holistic support possible to our clients, and ensure the accessibility of our services.”

– Ada Zanella, Manager of Drop-In Center & Community Advocacy

Client testimonial

“Sojourner House taught me to believe that my life doesn’t have to be defined by the abuse I’ve experienced, that I can be anyone I want to be.
They said, yes, you may be crawling now, but we’ll give you the lift you need to get back on your feet and walk again. They gave me an opportunity to be a better me. Everywhere I go I tell my story and about how Sojourner House helped me. I appreciate the sincere love and compassion they showed me when I needed it most.”

We thank our community for their immense generosity so far. As of June 2024, we’ve raised 63% of our Capital Campaign goal. In total, 387 individual donors have participated so far. Click here to see a list of our campaign supporters.

Our deepest thanks to The Champlin Foundation for their passion and extreme generosity. In late 2022, they awarded us a $250,000 seed grant that allowed us to launch this campaign. They followed up that gift with a $250,000 matching grant in 2023, which went a long way toward ensuring the success of our efforts.


Supporting the Campaign

Interested in contributing to Sojourner House’s Capital Campaign? Click the donation button below. Gifts of any size are appreciated. If you have any questions about the campaign or about making a gift, please reach out to dnolan@sojournerri.org.