Sojourner House celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. To honor the occasion, FISA Foundation has agreed to generously match donations from new or former donors, dollar for dollar, from now until the end of December. If you have never given to Sojourner House or if it has been two or more years since you last donated, please take advantage of this opportunity to double your gift. Sojourner House must raise $20,000 between now and the end of the year in order to meet this challenge. Visit our donations page to make your tax-deductible gift today. Thanks to our supporters and to FISA Foundation! … [Read more...] about Double the impact of your gift!
You can now watch and share Sojourner House's 25th anniversary film, "Fight Song." Set to Rachel Platten's song by the same name, the video debuted at the 12th Annual Victorian Tea. Carolyn Klasnick Brooks of Post Script Productions filmed and produced the film. The video features founding board member Peggy Reding and staff member JoAnn English, who opened the doors to Sojourner House in 1991 and have remained centrally involved for 25 years. Sojourner House residents, volunteers, staff, and even children who grew up in the program in the 1990s participated in the filming, which took place over one day in February. Special thanks to Christina McLachlan, former Sojourner House staff member, who sparked the idea for this video! Please share this moving celebration of Sojourner House's … [Read more...] about Watch Now: “Fight Song” Video
A record-breaking 375 guests attended the 12th Annual Victorian Tea on April 10, raising over $60,000. The event was chaired by Christie Smith, Sojourner House board member and Sojourner House MOMS board treasurer. Special thanks to honorary co-chairs Pittsburgh City Councilman Dan Gilman and his wife Amanda Gilman. Kathy Slencak, Manager of Public Relations at CentiMark Corporation and CentiMark Foundation was this year's Pearl of Hope recipient. Brenda Waters, anchor and reporter for KDKA-TV, was the event emcee. The event featured a silent auction, basket raffle, and program that included live testimonials of Sojourner House and Sojourner House MOMS graduates. Guests were among a unique audience to view the debut of a new video, "Fight Song," set to pop-artist Rachel Platten's … [Read more...] about Thank you, Victorian Tea supporters!
Sojourner House is proud to announce the honorary chairs of the 12th Annual Victorian Tea will be Pittsburgh City Councilman Dan Gilman and his wife, Amanda Gilman. The event chair will be Christie Smith, member of the Sojourner House board of directors and treasurer of the Sojourner House MOMS board. Kathy Slencak, Manager of Public Relations at CentiMark Corporation and CentiMark Foundation, is the recipient of the 2016 Pearl of Hope award. Brenda Waters, KDKA-TV News Anchor and Reporter, will emcee the event. The 12th Annual Victorian Tea will be held Sunday, April 10 at Pittsburgh's Grand Hall at the Priory. A social hour will take place from 1-2 p.m., and the event program runs from 2-4 p.m. If you have questions, would like to host a table, or would like to serve as a … [Read more...] about Dan and Amanda Gilman to serve as Victorian Tea Honorary Chairs
For children at Sojourner House MOMS, summer was packed with educational experiences. With field trips, science lessons, and creating their own works of art, the children at MOMS had a full itinerary. Days began with certified teachers arriving in the early morning to prepare lesson plans and activities. These teachers, provided thanks to the generous support of the Homeless Children's Education Fund, joined MOMS staff and volunteers in eagerly and passionately leading the camp. Daily enrichment activities spanned multiple educational disciplines. LabRatz science club performed science experiments each week and ArtExpressions allowed the campers to express themselves through their own creativity. Weekly educational field trips included adventures to the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG … [Read more...] about Sojourner House MOMS Summer Camp 2015
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