Press Release: Sojourner House Launches Capital Campaign & Announces $225,000 Champlin Foundation Challenge Grant to Fund its Westminster Street Program Space.

Sojourner House is pleased to announce the public phase of its $1.5M Capital Campaign to pay off the mortgage on its 1570 Westminster Street property in the West End of Providence, pay for needed repairs, and create an operating reserve fund for future building expenses. The new property, purchased in 2022, now houses the agency’s…

Op Ed from Executive Director Vanessa Volz: Human Trafficking is Here, Too

Vanessa Volz, Sojourner House Executive Director, wrote the following Op Ed for the Providence Journal: Imagine you’ve moved to the United States by yourself, far from home and far from family. You’ve arrived without documentation, so obtaining employment isdifficult, and without employment there’s no money for food and no security deposit for housing. You’re at…

Five Questions with Sojo Ambassador Sara Kleiman

Five Questions with Sojo Ambassador Sara Kleiman

Every person is entitled to be safe and free from domestic and sexual violence. Sojourner House provides invaluable services to the community, which are of even more importance during the pandemic. – Sara Kleiman Why do you support Sojourner House? I support Sojourner House because I fully believe in their mission. Every person is entitled to…

Options RI Magazine: Services for LGBTQ+ Survivors of Domestic Abuse Enhanced During Covid

Kassie Hawkins, Sojourner House Manager of LGBTQ+ Programs, wrote the following for Options RI Magazine: COVID has been difficult for everyone, but especially LGBTQ+ victims of abuse, many of whom were forced to shelter in places with abusive and unaffirming partners or parents. On top of already existing barriers such as fear of being outed,…

Sojourner House Announces $50,000 Donation from MolinaCares Accord

Sojourner House Announces $50,000 Donation from MolinaCares Accord

Sojourner House Executive Director Vanessa Volz (center), with Molina Healthcare members Lisa Faust (left) and Michael McCabe (right). Photo by Gloria Greenfield. Providence, RI– Sojourner House today announced it has received a $50,000 donation from the MolinaCares Accord that will support the agency’s new housing development program, operations and programs at its new Woonsocket office,…

The End of Abuse: Gloria Greenfield Discusses Immigration and Human Trafficking on the Mosaic Podcast

Gloria Greenfield (left) is the senior director of programs for Sojourner House (www.sojournerri.org), a Rhode Island nonprofit that provides assistance to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Ana Gonzalez (right) hosts the Mosaic Podcast on immigration for The Public’s Radio 89.3 FM. “I feel like it is my duty to to give that…

Op-ed from Executive Director Vanessa Volz: After 45 years, Sojourner House still evolving to meet its mission

Vanessa Volz is the executive director of Sojourner House (www.sojournerri.org), a Rhode Island nonprofit that provides assistance to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking.  Ten years ago this spring, I became the executive director of a nonprofit agency in Rhode Island that had a lot of heart, but a lot of challenges.  Organizational…