Supporting the Journey from Fear to Hope

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Name: Supporting the Journey from Fear to Hope
Date: August 15, 2019
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Registration: Register Now
Event Description:
In 2019, Sojourner will celebrate 40 years of service to those victimized by domestic violence and have added to their client base, those victimized by dating violence, sexual assault and elder abuse
Join Executive Director of Sojourner, Helen Chargo,  Laura Sisterman, Judi Nelson and Police Chief Mike Risvold to learn and support this effort to put an end to domestic violence in Hennepin county and beyond.
We will be collecting personal items and cash donations to support women and families served by The Sojourner organization.  Find a list of items to bring to the luncheon, click here:
Sojourner Project, Inc. began in 1977 when two Hopkins residents, Kitty Alcott and Jenny Arimond, documented domestic abuse in their community, west Hennepin County. As they spoke out, Kitty and Jenny gave a human face to the issue of family violence in our own community; subsequently, others joined their quest. For the next two years, Jenny, Kitty, and their supporters lobbied for support and educated the public about the need for a domestic violence program in the area. In 1979, with the support of agencies such as St. Joseph’s, Hennepin County, Hopkins Interchurch Council, West Hennepin Human Services Council, and the Hopkins City Council, one of the first battered women’s shelters in Minnesota opened in a former single-family home in downtown Hopkins.
Then known as the Hopkins Project, the organization initially kept its focus on providing a 24 hour emergency phone line, legal advocacy and support groups for the shelter’s residents. The organization expanded its reach beyond the shelter wall in 1982, when it began partnering with the Hopkins Police Department to provide support, information and referrals to victims immediately following a domestic assault. Soon, hundreds of additional women and children began connecting with the organization, requesting information, support, counseling and advocacy in the legal system, and our community-based services were firmly established.
Today Sojourner Project, Inc. maintains working relationships with many police departments including The Wayzata Police Department, serving the west Hennepin Community, and programs to serve more than 1,300 victims of domestic violence and their children each year,  Sojourner’s . Current programs include:         
  • A 24/7 Hour Crisis/Help Line provides immediate safety assessment and assistance
  • Sojourner Shelter is an emergency residence for women and children unsafe in their homes. 
  • Community Legal Advocacy Department provides community-based intervention services and legal advocacy support and safety planning.
  • Community Outreach, Training and Education Department coordinates awareness and prevention activities.
  • Community Involvement Department promotes support through volunteer service, internships, in-kind donations and financial support.
Thursday August 15, 2019
11:30 - 1:00 p.m.
The Wayzata Country Club
200 Wayzata Blvd W
Wayzata, MN
Members $25
Non-Members $40
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