Sojourner House MOMS

A Motivating Transition 

Since its inception in 2004, Sojourner House MOMS (Motivation Opportunities Mentoring Spirituality) has provided safe, independent housing and supportive services for homeless, single, dual-diagnosed women in recovery and their dependent children. Our goal is to help the mothers and children to successfully continue their recovery journey and confidently transition into the community.  The MOMS program focuses on strengthening family relationships, promoting self-sufficiency, long term sobriety, and mental health.

 
Women eligible for Sojourner House MOMS program must be:
  • Homeless & referred by a homeless transitional, drug & alcohol residential, or mental health residential treatment program
  • 18 years or older who can provide proof of child custody or a current reunification plan if children are housed with someone other than the applicant
  • Dually diagnosed with drug or alcohol addiction & a mental health disorder
  • At least 90 days clean
  • Able to provide documentation of 90 days treatment attendance or successful completion of a treatment program
 
In addition, applicants must be willing to meet program expectations and work toward:
  • Drug &/or alcohol recovery
  • Mental health recovery
  • Employment & training
  • Self-sufficiency
For admission information, contact JoAnn English at 412-361-1213 or 412-335-1116.  
 
 

Services

Sojourner House MOMS supports mothers in early recovery from addiction and mental illness and their children. During their stay families receive:

  • Safe, affordable housing
  • Job readiness and educational opportunities
  • Case management and referrals to community resources
  • Life skills and parenting counseling 
  • Educational, recreational, and addiction prevention activities for the children

Our Negley Place neighborhood is a truly supportive community.  Residents can participate in a sustainable community gardening program, as well as a block watch.

 

Goals

Sojourner House MOMS is pleased to be a part of the Negley Place Neighborhood Alliance, a neighborhood-based organization with the following goals:

1. Foster continued economic, ethnic, and cultural diversity by welcoming people of all backgrounds who want to build a future and make our neighborhood their home.

2. Increasing home ownership by promoting sales, and encouraging the renovation and conversion of rental properties.   

3. Promote quality, affordable housing by supporting landlords who take responsibility for maintaining their properties and are accountable to their tenants and the neighborhood.  

4. Advocate for the repair, renovation, preservation and restoration of all neighborhood properties.

5. Foster cleaner properties and public spaces by working to reduce and ultimately eliminate trash, litter and illegal dumping.

6. Improve public safety by expanding participation in blockwatch networks, promoting better communications with the police and supporting on-going crime deterrence programs.

7. Promote opportunities within the community.

8. Advance youth opportunities by promoting programs that enrich our younger neighbors through creative play activities, mentoring and role model development.

9. Support Community Development by partnering with neighboring Community Based Organizations and Community Development Corporations.

 

Positive Results
  • 26 families, including 64 children were served during the 2009-10 fiscal year
  • 50% of families had Children, Youth & Families involvement
  • 28 children were reunited with their mothers 
  • 11 mothers left the program.  Of these:
    • 5 moved into independent housing
    • 4 moved in with family/friends
    • 1 moved to a transitional housing program 
    • 1 left the program without notice and whereabouts are unknown
  • 5 women relapsed but remained in the program on the condition of receiving treatment 
  • 5 women enrolled in college or university
  • The average length of stay is 368 days 
  • 7 women found jobs