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Sojourner House Rehabilitation Project

In the spring of 2012, Women Against Abuse began a $3 million rehabilitation and expansion project for Sojourner House, the region's first transitional housing program for survivors of domestic violence. This project is critical for preserving the four aged buildings that make up Sojourner House and for ensuring the long-term sustainability of operations.


Getting to Ribbon!

Part 1 - Project History and the Need for Domestic Violence Transitional Housing

Part 2 - Construction Overview and Site Plan

Part 3 - Construction Begins!

To learn more about Sojourner House services, click here.


Sojourner House Rehab Supporters

We'd like to thank our funders and supporters for making this initiative possible!

A tremendous thank you to the City of Philadelphia's Office of Housing and Community Development for serving as the lead funder and partner for this project. In addition, we want to recognize the City’s Office of Supportive Housing for ongoing operational support for Sojourner House, without which we would not be able to sustain the program.

Thank you to Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh for investing critical resources in Sojourner House. Thank you to Citizen's Bank for sponsoring Women Against Abuse's applications.

Thank you to the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York for supporting this project and M&T Bank for sponsoring our application.

Thank you to Senators LeAnna Washington and Vincent Hughes for connecting Women Against Abuse with resources through Pennsylvania's Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.

Thank you to the Nonprofit Finance Fund for funding a detailed Capital Needs Assessment that enabled Women Against Abuse to undertake this project strategically and effectively and for funding the children’s program space.

Thank you to the Connelly Foundation for generous support of the renovation and expansion costs.

Thank you to the AmeriHealth Caritas Partnership for generous funding to build the new Sojourner House playground.

Thank you to the Energy Coordinating Agency for investing in the energy efficiency of the buildings.

Thank you to the Community Design Collaborative for pro bono design work and Regional Housing Legal Services for providing pro bono legal services during the development phase of this project.

Thank you to the Barbara Mary Wei-Gump Foundation for investing in the capital cost of furnishing the buildings.

Thank you to the Valentine Foundation for early funding in support of this project.

Thank you to the Fourjay Foundation for supporting predevelopment costs, including fundraising, architectural designs and permits.


Get involved!

Thanks to your generous donations, we've raised more than $11,000 in private contributions for this project!

A special thanks to the following Art Tile supporters, whose artwork will be featured in the new Sojourner House community living space art wall:

  • Robert Ryan
  • Schoenberg Family Charitable Trust
  • Norman Zarwin
  • Erica Glazer and Oren Gershon

It's not too late to join the cause! Donate today to support the Sojourner House maintenance fund to help ensure that Sojourner House will remain a safe haven for survivors of domestic violence in Philadelphia. Make your donation today!                        

For questions about the Sojourner House Rehabilitation Project, please contact Interim Director of Fund Development and Communications Katie Young-Wildes at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 215-386-1280 x116.