Summer 2017 


Our Mission: Offering compassionate, faith-based recovery services to mothers and their children.
Strawberry Festival a "berry" good time!
Sojourner House mom and daughter enjoying this year's festival

The skies cleared in time for Shadyside Presbyterian Church's 24 th 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 be the recipient of proceeds from the festival.
"We are blessed by the ongoing support of our friends at Shadyside Presbyterian Church," said Sojourner House Executive Director Joann Cyganovich. "It's so reassuring to know that our friends there continue to keep our families close to their hearts."


For more photos of the special evening, visit our website or our Facebook page.

Summer fun for MOMS residents and their neighbors!

Annual Community Day guests enjoying each other's company
From a petting zoo for Sojourner House and Sojourner House MOMS children, to Southminster Presbyterian Church Vacation Bible School particiants collecting household items for our residents, to an annual "Community Day" potluck picnic including our MOMS families, Summer 2017 has proven to be an AWESOME one for our familes! To see photos, please visit our website or our Facebook page.
Last call! Get your oil changed. Support Sojourner House!
Just a few weeks left to take advantage of a great deal being offered to Sojourner House by Midas! Get your oil changed there and ALL proceeds go to Sojourner House! For more information, visit our website or contact Lindsey Hayakawa, Administrative Assistant, at or (412) 441-7783, ext. 37.

Cyganovich celebrates 10 years as SoHo ED
Sojourner House ED Joann Cyganovich
Sojourner House has experienced a stellar past decade of growth, and an increasingly well-regarded reputation. Much of that can be attributed to Joann Cyganovich,who celebrated her 10th anniversary as Sojourner House's Executive Director, in July. 

Joann has dedicated the majority of her career to helping thousands of people throughout the Pittsburgh-region - namely, women and children - improve their lives. Her reputation has been built on competence, compassion, knowledge, and commitment. Joann's influence reaches far and wide, not only to residents, but staff, board members, volunteers, colleagues, and other supporters outside of Sojourner House's walls.

"I don't feel like I "chose" this career path but that it was chosen for me. The path opened and I went down that path," said Joann. I especially love Sojourner House because the mission serves the entire family, not to mention that some of the most kind and generous people I have ever met are those that surround Sojourner House - what a wonderful community."

New HR Specialist to become NAAAHR board president

Kholsen Hightower, HR Specialist


Kholsen D. Hightower, who joined Sojourner House in March as it Human Resources Generalist, will soon take on an additional role: as board president of the Pittsburgh Chapter of The National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR). Kholsen will officially become president at NAAAHR's launch and induction ceremony on Thursday, Aug.10, at the Rivers Casino.  
At Sojourner House, Kholsen is primarily responsible for benefits administration, compensation and wage structure, talent acquisition, performance and development management, compliance and administration, while supporting diversity and inclusivity.
Prior to working at Sojourner House Inc., Hightower worked as a Human Resources associate and managed multiple high-end luxury brand stores for Italy-based Airest Collezioni. He studied Aviation Management at Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, Carbondale, IL. He also studied Aviation Science with a concentration in Air Traffic Control, while working on a private pilot license. Hightower is a member of Alpha Eta Rho Fraternity. He also served as president for the Black Student Union at Wright State University, outside of Dayton OH.   
Attention, back-to-school shoppers!

Shop at Alex and Ani on Aug. 23 to make sure you're ready for the school year, while supporting SoHo! We hope you can stop by Alex and Ani Pittsburgh's "Charmed by Charity" party on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 3-5 p.m., 5505 Walnut St., Shadyside.  A portion of sales will go toward Sojourner House. Alex and Ani 
will provide complimentary refreshments so no one will run out of shopping energy! 

A Sojourner House representative will be on hand to share information about this amazing organization. To RSVP: Hope to see you then and there! 



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