Our Mission: Offering compassionate, faith-based recovery services to mothers and their children.
Sojourner House Unveils New Website!
We are proud to announce our newly redesigned website:
Please visit the new site for updates on events, stories of our residents' recovery, volunteer opportunities and other news. 
The update would not have been possible without the diligent work of the Shift Collaborative team, who generously donated their time and talents to redesign the site.  Special thanks to Sarah Mayer , Sojourner House Board President and Shift Collaborative Partner, for her tireless efforts and endless support.
Dan and Amanda Gilman to serve as Victorian Tea Honorary Chairs
 
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 corporate sponsor of the Tea, please contact Laura Stephany, Director of Development, at lstephany@sjhpa.org or 412.441.7783, extension 24.
Thank you for reading Sojourner House's Newsletter.  In each issue, you'll learn about recent happenings at Sojourner House, as well as current and upcoming news and events.  For more information or if you have a suggestion, please contact Laura Stephany, director of development, at  lstephany@sjhpa.org

Thank You
Sojourner House extends a heartfelt thank-you for the outpouring of support bestowed on our families over the holiday season.  From an alternative Christmas shopping mall at Southminster Presbyterian Church, to a funky twist on the Secret Santa tradition organized by the office of University Advancement at Chatham, the community embraced our mothers and children, enhancing for many families their first Christmas free of the demons of addiction.


One such event that warmed the residents' hearts was a party arranged by the Young Lawyers Division of the Allegheny County Bar Association.  Katy McKee, a Staff Attorney at Neighborhood Legal Services Association, said "The Children's Holiday Party is the highlight of the year for the ACBA Young Lawyers Division Public Service Committee.  Being able to bring a Christmas party to the kids in your program, complete with Santa and gifts, and watching the kids' excitement when Santa comes in is such a pleasure - thank you for allowing us to be a part of your families' holiday season."
Other contributors included Shadyside Presbyterian Church, who provided slippers, pajamas, and gift cards to mothers in the program.  The congregation also connected Sojourner House with a special opportunity to meet a Pittsburgh icon, Mr. McFeely.  Shadyside Presbyterian congregant and Sojourner House Board Member Eileen Flaherty noted, "I'm so happy that one of the deacons from Shadyside Presbyterian Church was able to 'connect the dots' from the Mr. Rogers Sweater Drive, organized by the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, to the mothers and children at Sojourner House."
Thank you to the countless church and civic groups, corporations, and individuals who opened their hearts during this season of giving.  Families will look back on this special time as the first of many happy holidays made possible by your support of Sojourner House.  We can't thank you enough!




Gloria Brown retired from her position of Director of Finance and Operations in December, following a 20-year tenure with Sojourner House.  Check out our  blog about Ms. Gloria's career with the organization.  Thanks for 20 years of passionate service to Sojourner House!