We raise our tea cups to mothers in recovery and their families.
Sojourner House’s annual Victorian Tea is our signature fundraiser and an important awareness event that brings over 300 individuals together in celebration. Each year, we are joined by our friends in the community to celebrate the resilient mothers in recovery and their families.
Attendees enjoy a beautiful setting, live music, traditional tea, a silent auction and raffle, and inspiring conversations with like-minded people who support Sojourner House. We also share hopeful stories of mothers in recovery and families who have gone through our award-winning, six-month residential rehabilitation program during the event.
Why Host an Annual Fundraiser?
Sojourner House strives to make our programs accessible to all who need help. To do so, we rely on donations from individuals, corporations, and foundations to underwrite the cost of safe, affordable housing, children’s programming, educational and job readiness programs, and community resources.
Sojourner House provides 24-hour residential rehabilitation services for 14 families at any given time. Mothers can bring three children and stay up to six months while receiving intensive substance use disorder treatment. Sojourner House MOMS’ supportive housing and permanent housing provides shelter to families in recovery and help them confidently transition into the community. Funds raised at the Victorian Tea events annually support the recovery of nearly 80 families in Sojourner House’s treatment and residential programs.
Elements that Make the Event Special
Pearl of Hope Award
Each year during the Victorian Tea, we honor a special individual or organization with the Pearl of Hope Award. This award recognizes the deep commitment of an individual or an organization to the mission of Sojourner House and Sojourner MOMS.
Past Pearl of Hope Award Honorees
2021 Kathleen Hendrickson*
2020 Words Without Walls
2019 Maelene Myers
2018 Lynne Chadwick
2017 Ann Brooks
2016 Kathleen M. Slencak
2015 Carol Moore
2014 Charlee Brodsky
2013 Kathy Froehlw
2012 Joe Lagana
2011 Gerri Maurer
2010 June Rush*
2009 Rose Edmondson*
2008 Norma Raiff
2007 Peggy Reding
Silent Auction and Raffle
The silent auction and raffle at the Victorian Tea is an important part of the event. The auction items and raffle prizes are generously donated by local businesses, corporate sponsors, board members, and long-time supporters. With every auction item sold and raffle basket won by a lucky attendee, all the proceeds support Sojourner House’s mission and the vital programming helping families in need of lifesaving recovery support.
Fascinating Fascinators for the Occasion
We are always blown away by the hats and fascinators people wear to Victorian Tea! Although there isn’t a dress code, everyone enjoys dressing up for tea and making the event feel extra special.
You don’t have to wait until Victorian Tea to support Sojourner House.
You can be the light guiding mothers in recovery and their families towards a brighter future all year round. Learn more about how your donation matters and the many different ways you can help beyond Victorian Tea.