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Metro Phoenix

602.244.0089

602.889.1610 (TDD)

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888.886.8793

888.886.8794 (TDD)

About Us

Sojourner Center is committed to transforming lives. Since 1977, Sojourner Center has provided shelter and support services to thousands of women and children affected by domestic violence, and become one of the largest domestic violence shelters in the United States. Because of Sojourner Center’s caring and knowledgeable staff and volunteers, families traumatized by abuse discover hope and find the path to futures free from violence. Everyone who works or volunteers at Sojourner Center is inspired by the vision of a world in which the cycles of domestic violence are finally broken. We can gratefully acknowledge our partners, sponsors, donors and volunteers enough for sharing our commitment to this cause.

“I am filled with hope that Sojourner Center’s expanded visions will finally offer to all impacted by domestic violence what they most yearn for: solutions, sensitivity, resources and hope.”

Mission

Providing a continuum of multicultural services to individuals and families impacted by domestic violence in Arizona, while collaborating with the global community on education, research and advocacy to end domestic violence.

Vision

A world free from domestic violence.

Values

Respect
Compassion
Honesty
Diversity
Authenticity
Innovation
Excellence
Integrity

Attributes

Warm
Safe
Confidential
Passionate
Honest
Loving
Collaborative
Influential

Our Evolution

In its nearly 40 years of dedicated work and accomplishments, Sojourner Center has evolved into a national leader in domestic violence.

Today, Sojourner Center is committed to expanding our safety net of services for women, children, men and pets. Shelter is critical but we must provide more, if we want to achieve a world free from domestic violence. We are extending our services further into the community through education and prevention.

Our mission, vision and logo reflect this expanded view of domestic violence. The butterfly logo, adopted in 2014, replaced a logo featuring a house to illustrate the need to move beyond shelter. It is a symbol of growth and transformation. Look closely: Our logo’s butterfly is formed by the hands of an adult and child that when joined together, become a powerful symbol of hope and transformation – and our journey.

Our History

Sojourner Center was founded in 1977 as an emergency program for women transitioning back into society after release from prison. A passionate group of twelve visionaries realized that women leaving the criminal justice system rarely had the skills or support to be successful in the outside world. Sojourner Center provided a temporary home as well as programs that taught self-sufficiency, empowerment and family skills, which helped the women rebuild their lives.

During its first four years, the staff and Board of Directors discovered a common factor shared by most of the women was domestic violence. To better meet the needs of their shelter program residents, the Board shifted Sojourner Center’s focus to serving victims of domestic violence.

Sojourner Center has grown from a small house with only 28 emergency beds to a complex with the capacity of 124 beds including 32 transitional apartments. Twenty-nine of the apartments are located at Sojourner Center’s Transitional Campus. Residents in these facilities also have access to a community clubhouse, as well as a community education center, a Child Development Center, and a donation center.

Our Namesake

Sojourner Truth, the famed African-American abolitionist and women’s rights activist of the 19th century, was born a slave under the name Isabella Baumfree. She was first sold at auction along with a flock of sheep at the age of nine, and changed hands between slave owners several more times before escaping to freedom with her infant daughter in 1826, one year before her home state of New York emancipated slaves living within its borders. She learned that her former owner had sold her five year-old son to a slave owner in Alabama, and successfully petitioned in court to win him back. She is one of the first black women to win a court case against a white man. Having become a devout Christian, Baumfree told friends in 1843, “The Spirit calls me. I must go.”

She adopted the name Sojourner Truth and traveled the country preaching and singing on the theme of abolition. As the crowds who came to hear her grew, so did her message. Tens of thousands were stirred by her words on the rights of women and the equality of all, and she shared them tirelessly: “I felt as if I had three hearts!” she said, “and that they were so large, my body could hardly hold them!” Sojourner lived and worked until 1883. Though born into slavery, she escaped to become the guest of two presidents and the conscience of a nation. Sojourner Center is proud to carry her name and her convictions.

Our Philosophy

We believe women, children and men can break the cycle of domestic violence through supportive intervention because they possess the ability to make decisions that foster healthy, violence-free relationships. This philosophy acknowledges a women’s competency and offers her support, resources, advocacy, information, and education, always striving to equalize power between a woman and her environment.

Sojourner Center devotes significant resources to helping children, the silent and often traumatized victims of domestic violence. Programs focus on creating safety, overcoming trauma, conflict resolution, basic skill-building, and education about domestic violence.

Sojourner Center offers services to women regardless of past or present involvement with substance abuse, mental illness, race, color, creed, religious preference, disabilities, or sexual orientation. The center maintains a drug-free shelter.

Mission

Providing a continuum of multicultural services to individuals and families impacted by domestic violence in Arizona, while collaborating with the global community on education, research and advocacy to end domestic violence.

Vision

A world free from domestic violence.

Values

Respect
Compassion
Honesty
Diversity
Authenticity
Innovation
Excellence
Integrity

Attributes

Warm
Safe
Confidential
Passionate
Honest
Loving
Collaborative
Influential