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Midas has generously partnered with the Sojourner House for fundraising! For a donation of just $20 you will receive a card with two coupons: one “free” and “half-off” a second regular oil change –or– you can redeem the coupons for $20 and $15 off any service. Most Pittsburgh area Midas locations are participating. Please see the coupon for all the details of this special offer. 100% of your $20 donation through the Midas fundraiser supports the mission of Sojourner House. Plus through the end of this year the FISA Foundation will match your contribution dollar-for-dollar! Act now and your $20 will double to $40 which could provide the children at Sojourner House with snow boots and supplies for extra-curricular school activities! YOU can HELP! To buy or sell the Midas coupons, … [Read more...] about Midas Fundraiser to Support Sojourner House
Unseasonably soggy weather couldn't dampen Sankofa residents' resolve to get their hands a little dirty! As part of an ongoing community garden project, four raised beds were installed on a patch of grass beside Sankofa. The beds were lined with plastic and filled with soil to prepare for the first of many gardening days. Mothers and children weren't deterred by the cool rain and 8 a.m. start time. Before planting commenced, Whole Foods Market employee and expert gardener, Valerie Testa, educated the residents in basic gardening principles. Testa, a long-time gardener, helps run the Enright Park Community Garden in East Liberty with other Whole Foods volunteers. The seedlings Sankofa residents planted were home grown from seeds in one of Testa's own gardens. The garden was made possible … [Read more...] about Sowing Seeds of Hope
Blue skies and sunshine greeted over 70 guests who gathered on May 6 to celebrate the grand opening of Sojourner House MOMS at Sankofa. Valerie McDonald-Roberts, Chief Urban Affairs Officer for Mayor Peduto's administration, cut the ribbon at the event, culminating three years of extensive planning and community support. Attendees included Joe Lagana and Bill Wolfe of the Homeless Children's Education Fund, Marge Petruska of The Heinz Endowments, Sylvia Fields of Eden Hall Foundation and numerous other community partners. Deputy Director of the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Reginald Young, and Executive Director of the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh, Castor Binion, also attended. Additionally, Dr. Norma Raiff, founding executive director of Sojourner … [Read more...] about Sankofa Open House
Creating a new Mind and Body Group at Sojourner House, Program Assistant and Group Facilitator, Tara Irwin has partnered with the community to bring worthwhile experiences to the women in the program. In just the first few months of the group, residents have practiced guided meditation, visited a Himalayan Salt Cave and attended a T'ai Chi class at Still Mountain T'ai Chi and Chi Kung. Teacher Jesse Prentiss from Still Mountain donated an introductory course for the residents, in which the women were taught various slow movement postures that facilitated in full body stretching and relaxation. Mr. Prentiss also provided a basic lesson on the history of T'ai Chi. "T'ai Chi is an ancient form of exercise that blends physical movement with deep meditative breathing in order to boost … [Read more...] about Sojourner House Residents Learn the Art of T’ai Chi