SOJOURNER HOUSE SELECTED AS PART OF LOWE’S 2024 HOMETOWNS COMMUNITY IMPACT PROGRAM

6/25/2024 – Sojourner House, a Rhode Island nonprofit dedicated to supporting survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking, has been awarded a $145,000 grant through Lowe’s Hometowns 2024 program. The program is a five-year, $100 million commitment from the company to rebuild and revitalize community spaces nationwide. Since launching in 2022, Lowe’s signature grant program has renovated 149 community centers, affordable housing facilities, shelters and food pantries; refurbished 15 first responder and veteran/military family facilities; and built and improved 54 community gardens, parks and playgrounds – among many other impactful projects.

As one of 100 community projects in 2024 that make up this year’s grant recipients, the Lowe’s Hometowns grant will benefit Sojourner House’s Drop-In Advocacy & Resource Center on Westminster Street in Providence. 

The victim services agency acquired 1570 Westminster Street in 2022 after years of increased demand and subsequent programmatic growth made investing in more space a necessity. That December, the building became the new home to Sojourner House’s Drop-In Center, and since then it has become a prominent symbol of hope in the West End. At the Drop-In Center, survivors of abuse can access life-saving resources like emergency shelter, housing clinics, clinical counseling, immigration advocacy, support groups, and more. With this grant award Sojourner House plans to demolish and rebuild the Center’s front steps to increase accessibility, replace six dormer windows that have required considerable maintenance, and renovate the building’s lower level so it can be used as a gathering space for ongoing client programs.

Ever since the team at Sojourner House purchased 1570 Westminster, they’ve been clear that they’d need help from their community to sustain its future. In the Spring of 2023, they launched a $1.5M Capital Campaign to create organizational capacity to pay off the mortgage, pay for needed repairs, and create an operating reserve fund for future building expenses. With this incredibly generous gift from Lowe’s they are now 64% of the way towards that goal. To learn more about the campaign and the impact of this expanded resource, click here.

In reaction to Sojourner House’s selection for this award, Vanessa Volz, the agency’s President and CEO, said, “These renovations are going to have a considerable impact on the work we are able to do at our Drop-In Center. We truly can’t thank Lowe’s enough. Our team has been dreaming of making these changes since we purchased 1570 Westminster in 2022, and we can hardly believe that in just a few months we’ll have a safe and accessible front entranceway and a new space to host housing clinics, support groups, arts activities, and more.”

This year’s Lowe’s Hometowns projects benefit 87 communities across 44 states and Washington, D.C., and will address needs specific to each community, from housing and community centers to outdoor spaces and facilities for first responders and veterans. Each project will receive a grant from Lowe’s to make physical improvements that help local organizations continue to make meaningful impact in their communities. At the core of this commitment are Lowe’s red vest associates, who share a passion for giving back to their communities and provide support to every Lowe’s Hometowns project.

Visit Lowes.com/hometowns and follow #LowesHometowns on social media for more details on this year’s projects.