Sojourners Place, Inc.

Hope for the Homeless......Light for the Journey

Wilmington, DE   |  www.sojournersplace.org

Mission

Sojourners' Place provides comprehensive services designed to help homeless men and women return to the community as self-sufficient people. The organization achieves this goal by offering them a case-managed program with an open-ended time frame for completion of the program.

Ruling year info

1990

Executive Director

Ms. Robyn Beck-Gott

Main address

2901 Northeast Blvd

Wilmington, DE 19802 USA

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EIN

51-0324770

NTEE code info

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Sojourners' Place exists to empower homeless adults to achieve independence. Homelessness is a major, widespread problem in our country and Delaware is no exception to this. Chronically homeless adults are the target population Sojourners' Place serves. These are women and men whose homelessness has been long-term or who have had more than one episode of homelessness in their lives. They have become homeless from Mom's house, from our prisons and from having reached maximum stay limits in the many emergency shelters where the typical stay is 30 days. The mission of Sojourners' Place from its conception and foundation has been to help homeless adults become self-sufficient by counteracting the many and varied causes of their homelessness.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Sojourners' Place Transitional Housing

The case-managed program includes: transitional housing with three daily meals, access to services such as: substance abuse rehabilitation, mental and physical health care, high-school equivalency diploma, job training, job search and support, and housing search and placement. A ten-week life skills course is required as well as employment-related topics. All programs are individualized to meet needs. Follow-up programs are available for program graduates. Additionally, Sojourners' Place advocates for the needs of poor and homeless people in our community and for systemic change.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Veterans

Sojourners' Place provides group and individual substance abuse counseling that teaches our residents how to address their individual struggles with addictions. Residents participate in four group sessions per week to share the challenges they face in living a drug/alcohol free lifestyle.

Population(s) Served

Sojourners' Place provides a Mental Health Therapist to assist each of our residents with addressing the individual issues that affect their self-esteem and self-image. Residents have an opportunity to address trauma-related concerns.

Population(s) Served
Social and economic status

Sojourners' Place provides vital reentry support to men and women transitioning back into the community from incarceration. Sojourners' Place works closely with local law enforcement agencies.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people no longer couch surfing or doubling up with others as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Work status and occupations, Social and economic status

Related Program

Sojourners' Place Transitional Housing

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Average number of service recipients per month

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, Ex-offenders

Related Program

Sojourners' Place Transitional Housing

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Sojourners' Place has assisted on average of 35-40 clients per month during a time with many restrictions are in place as the result of the COVID-19.

Number of people using homeless shelters per week

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults, Seniors, Older adults

Related Program

Sojourners' Place Transitional Housing

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The goal of Sojourners' Place is to lead chronically homeless adults from the streets to self-sufficiency with jobs and housing. This is accomplished when Sojourners' Place staff provides rehabilitation, counseling, and training services to homeless clients, client meet intermediate goals and milestones as they progress through the program, and these services empower the clients to secure employment and housing.

This is accomplishment makes a difference for the homeless themselves as they accrue the resources needed to become independent, the city, county, and state, whose statistics shoe decrease in homelessness, and the community at large benefits when more citizens become stabilized with employment and permanent housing.

Upon admission to the program, residents are assigned a case manager who assesses their needs and draws up with them a contract for needed services. The services may include substance abuse and mental health counseling, education(GED and sometimes college), job skills, employment training programs, and other services. It is our philosophy to provide a secure environment for as long as it takes for clients to receive the services they need to simply stop being homeless and become self-sufficient. The average length of stay if nine and twelve months.

Into the 30th year of operation, over the years, Sojourners' Place has graduated over 2,000 women and men into the community with jobs and housing.
Sojourners' Place graduates are working:
As CNA's is local hospitals and nursing homes
As office workers in banks and other local corporations/business settings
As social workers in day care centers, government offices, and other homeless shelters
As long distance truck drivers with CDL qualifications
As chefs in hotels and restaurants
In construction and building trades
As RN's having their nursing license reinstated while residing in the program

Residents have joined unions, received awards and promotions at work and have started their own business. Some have married and built families, others have returned to shattered families and reunited. They have joined or rejoined houses of worship. One terminally ill graduate told us that he was grateful to Sojourners' Place because if he had to die, he was happy he was dying clean and sober. Of course death is not an expected or hoped for goal, but his statement is a tribute to our program and to what it can do for people.

Sojourners' Place provides a win/win situation for the homeless individuals themselves and for the community as a whole. Homelessness is reduced in our city and state, unemployment figures are lowered and welfare rolls are decreased. Most importantly, the wider community is enhanced as clients dignity and self-worth brighten through self-sufficiency and participation in life. Sojourners' Place plans to continue assisting women and men on their journey to self-sufficiency.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Sojourners Place, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 11/18/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Albert Manwaring, IV, Esq.

Morris James LLP.

Term: 2017 -


Board co-chair

Ms. Anastasia Detwiler-Aitken

Professional Development

Term: 2019 -

Roman Kalpas

Thomas Smyth

Mark Aitken

Chad Starkey

Ralph Merlini

James Montgomery

Keila Andujar

Suzanne Barba

Krista Reale

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/24/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data