In an article published on January 10, 2024, GoLocalProv named Sojourner House’s Executive Director, Vanessa Volz, as one of Rhode Island’s Women of the Year. Along with Margaret Holland McDuff from Family Service of RI and Eileen Hayes from Amos House, Vanessa was honored as a community “protector” for her tireless commitment to supporting Rhode Islanders in crisis.

For over thirteen years, Vanessa has been steering the ship at Sojourner House. During her tenure, our agency has experienced tremendous growth, growing from a staff of 11 to a staff of nearly 60 and more than quadrupling our operating budget. This success, which has allowed us to expand our service offerings to meet the growing needs of survivors in our community, is in large part because of Vanessa’s incredible dedication and direction.

We’re thrilled to see Vanessa receiving this much deserved honor! To read the full announcement, click the link below.