Our Mission: Offering compassionate, faith-based recovery services to mothers and their children.
Editor, Lindsey Hayakawa, Development & Communications Coordinator
Sojourner House's 2020 Annual Report
Read the 2020 annual report to find out about the friends and supporters of Sojourner House who have shown our families kindness and generosity during this extraordinarily challenging year. Please contact Susan Orr, Director of Development, if you would like a copy mailed to you.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the founding of Sojourner House
This year, Sojourner House celebrates its 30 year anniversary. We will be celebrating this milestone with a series of blogs and special activities, including a dinner celebration in October, at LeMont Restaurant.

The first blog fittingly spotlights Sojourner House’s second executive director and MOMS creator, Norma Raiff. Raiff retired from her executive director role in 2007, but has remained a wonderful friend. Click the button below to read the interview.
Call for Sojourner House memorabilia and photos
As part of Sojourner House's 30th anniversary celebrations, we are asking for friends, supporters and volunteers to submit Sojourner House photos and memorabilia from past years. We plan to highlight this material throughout 2021, in "E-News," social media and our website.

Please submit memorabilia and photos to Lindsey Hayakawa, Development & Communications Coordinator, at Lhayakawa@sjhpa.org. Please include the following with your submission:
  1. Your first and last name
  2. Caption/description of your submitted material
  3. Date photo was taken (if applicable)
  4. Name of event or place that photo was taken (if applicable)
  5. First and last names of people pictured (if applicable)
Save the Date for the 17th Annual Victorian Tea!
The 17th Annual Victorian Tea is set to take place on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021, 2 - 4 p.m., at the Omni William Penn Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh. There will be a social hour from 1 - 2 p.m. Guests have the option of attending in-person or virtually.

The Victorian Tea is an important awareness event and fundraiser that brings together hundreds of individuals: many mothers, daughters, fathers, and sons, along with corporate, community, and church-based friends. Attendees will enjoy a traditional tea, silent auction and raffle, while learning about the award-winning work of East Liberty-based Sojourner House -- a six-month residential rehabilitation program for addicted mothers and their children -- and hearing the inspiring stories of the families who have lived there. Award-winning journalist Brian Cook will emcee this year's Victorian Tea.
Kathleen Hendrickson, long-time supporter and volunteer, will be honored posthumously as this year’s Pearl of Hope Honoree.
Please help us celebrate the successes of our families, and support us as we continue our fight to keep families together so they can become healthy, productive citizens of our community.

For more information, please email Susan Orr, Director of Development.
Vintage at Familylinks donates to
Sojourner House MOMS
Thank you to Vintage at Familylinks for generously donating a ton of housewares, bedding and other essentials to the MOMS Permanent Housing Program in February.
Gwen Williams, MOMS Family Support Specialist, pictured with all of the donations from Vintage Familylinks
Sojourner House invited to first 'Girls Night Out' at Treasure House Fashions since COVID-19 began
Treasure House Fashions, a quality women’s clothing resale shop, generously provided two ‘Girls Night Out’ events in March for the women of Sojourner House. During the evening of March 11 and 25, Sojourner House residents chose clothing and accessories alongside their individual “personal shoppers,” KeyBank staff who volunteered their time. Each resident was given a voucher to purchase their clothing. The vouchers are meant to teach budgeting and money management by giving a free scarf to the shoppers that stay within their allotted voucher amount.

‘Girls Night Out’ has provided fun shopping events for our residents for many years, and according to Sally Power, Founder of Treasure House Fashions, “It was an easy decision to choose Sojourner House for the first ‘Girls Night Out’ since COVID-19. I believe that providing the Sojourner House women with a tangible and necessary resource will empower them and give them dignity, particularly when going through a transition or crisis.”

Click the button below to see more photos from Sojourner House's 'Girls Night Out' events.
Sally Power, Treasure House Fashions Founder, spoke to the women of Sojourner House during 'Girls Night Out' on March 25.
Group photo from 'Girls Night Out' on March 11.
Sojourner House blog series honors
Black History Month
In honor of Black History Month, Sojourner House created a blog series highlighting four inspirational female roles from black history. Each week in February we shared a new blog post.
In honor of ... Sojourner Truth
Deservedly, Sojourner Truth is the first woman highlighted. Truth was an American abolitionist and women’s rights activist. Click the button below to read more about Sojourner Truth.
In honor of ... Amanda Gorman
Amanda Gorman is the second woman highlighted. Gorman is an American poet and activist. Click the button below to read more about Amanda Gorman.
In honor of ... Kara Walker
Kara Walker is the third woman highlighted. Walker is an American contemporary painter, silhouettist, print-maker, filmmaker, and installation artist. Click the button below to read more about Kara Walker.
In honor of ... Gayle King
And last, but not least, Gayle King is the fourth woman highlighted. King is an American television personality, author and broadcast journalist for CBS News. Click the button below to read more about Gayle King.