Sojourner House Executive Director to Retire

After nearly 12 years at the helm of Sojourner House, Executive Director Joann Cyganovich will retire on June 30. Sojourner House has experienced a stellar past decade-plus of growth, and an increasingly well-regarded reputation. Much of that can be attributed to Joann.  Highlights of her tenure at Sojourner House include, but certainly aren’t limited to: Spearheading the creation of MOMS … Read More

Sojourner House, Family Links and Power Join Forces to form Pennsylvania Treatment Alliance, Combating The Opioid Epidemic

The Pennsylvania Treatment Alliance is a recently formed collaboration between three organizations focused on combating the opioid epidemic in Western Pennsylvania, with a specific emphasis on treatment for women and families. The Alliance is a combined effort between Sojourner House, which provides compassionate, faith-based addiction recovery services to women and their children; Family Links, an organization committed to building healthy … Read More

25th Annual Strawberry Festival

Shadyside Presbyterian Church’s 25th annual Strawberry Festival, which took place on June 8 on the lawn of the church, was once again an evening full of great fun and great camaraderie. Proceeds from the event have benefited Sojourner House for the past eight years. Read all about the festival in the Summer 2018 of issue of Shady Ave magazine.       … Read More

Words Without Walls Poetry Reading Video

Please check out our new video!   This video had its debut at the 14th Annual Victorian Tea. Sojourner House opened its doors to Chatham University’s Words Without Walls program in 2012.  During Words Without Walls, MFA students visit Sojourner House each week to teach creative writing.  At the end of each semester, our residents present their work to the public … Read More

“Inside Out: Mothers Who Have Survived Overdose” Panel Discussion

Sojourner House is teaming up with POWER and Women’s Press Club to present “Inside Out: Mothers Who Have Survived Overdose,” Thursday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m., at East End Cooperative Ministry, 6140 Station St., East Liberty. The evening will include a candid panel discussion about the opiate epidemic that is overtaking our nation and its effects locally, especially on women … Read More

Carnegie Mellon University’s 1000plus Day of Service

Several students from Carnegie Mellon University volunteered at Sojourner House during CMU’s annual 1000Plus Day of Service, on Saturday, October 7, 2017. During the event, the volunteers performed yard work and cleaned the property surrounding Sojourner House’s East Liberty residence. Lending a helping hand were Interim CMU president, Farnam Jahanian, and Jim Rohr, Chairman of the Board. 1000plus is a … Read More

Sista to Sista Picnic & Memorial Service 2017

Cool temperatures didn’t keep the Sojourner House and Sojourner House MOMS family from celebrating in a big way at its annual Sista to Sista Picnic on August 24, 2017, in Highland Park.  Lots of fun and lots of food was had by all. The afternoon also included a heartfelt memorial service remembering loved ones the Sojourner House/MOMS family has lost … Read More

Petting Zoo at MOMS Summer Camp 2017

The children at MOMS Summer Camp had a blast feeding and petting the baby farm animals on Thursday, July 13th!  Barn Yard Petting Zoo brought a baby camel, zebra, llama, donkey, cows, goats, lambs, ducklings, chicks and a little piglet!  There were even pony rides.  Despite the heat, everyone had a great time being with the animals.  Please check out … Read More

Negley Place Community Day 2017

A crowd of 75 people enjoyed great company, a delicious potluck picnic and cool jazz on a summer afternoon when Sojourner House MOMS residents and their neighbors celebrated 27 years of community-building, at its Community Day on July 30. Sojourner House MOMS has been a part of its neighborhood community since it opened in 2004.  Please check out our Facebook … Read More

Fun had by all at Strawberry Festival!

The skies cleared in time for Shadyside Presbyterian Church’s 24th Annual Strawberry Festival the evening June 9. Hundreds of attendees – including Sojourner House and Sojourner House MOMS families — enjoyed each other’s company while playing games and eating “everything strawberry” … and all the while, supporting Sojourner House MOMS. For numerous years, Shadyside Presbyterian has selected Sojourner House to … Read More