Sojourner House

Offering compassionate, faith-based recovery services to mothers and their children.

aka Sojourner House   |   Pittsburgh, PA   |
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Sojourner House

EIN: 25-1737004


Sojourner House provides faith-based, compassionate recovery services to mothers and their children. The mission of Sojourner House MOMS is to shelter people in recovery and their children to confidently transition into the community.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

De'netta Benjamin-Miller

Main address

5907 Penn Avenue Suite 220

Pittsburgh, PA 15206 USA

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Subject area info


Human services

Family services

Population served info


Substance abusers

NTEE code info

Family Services (P40)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Goals: Increase to 60% the number of participants who will complete 90 days of the treatment program. Increase to 60% of the number of successful treatment participants who will be discharged to safe, independent, drug-free housing. Increase to 75% the number of mothers who enter the program without their children who will engage in the reunification process. Create and implement a plan to address the COVID-19 pandemic after effects. Create an inclusive an equitable organization and become a leader in the community that is actively dismantling racism. Generate a total of $400,000 for Sojourner House and Sojourner House MOMS by June 2022. Information Technology infrastructure- implementation of Electronic Health Record, assessing our internet bandwidth, technology education for employees and tech resources to provide clinical/service coordination to our clients

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?

Sojourner House, Inc.

East Liberty-based Sojourner House provides in-patient, drug & alcohol treatment to addicted mothers and their children. Mothers have the opportunity to keep their children with them while receiving services. All treatment is family centered and families can stay for up to 6 months.

Population(s) Served
Substance abusers

Where we work


Citizens Bank Champions in Action Award 2017

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.


A community where families overcome addiction and thrive together.
Sojourner House is committed to:
Knowledgeable staff who are committed to the mission and the communities served;
Helping addicted mothers break the intergenerational cycle of poverty and chemical abuse;
Helping addicted parents rebuild damaged relationships with their children;
Helping participants realize and embrace the principle that although there is no cure for addiction, it is possible to manage the disease and
live a healthy, productive life

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback


Sojourner House
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30
Financial documents
2023 Laura McCurdy 2009 2008 2007 2006
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.58 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.4 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 27% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Sojourner House

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Sojourner House’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $93,075 -$15,190 $225,991 $449,845 $126,758
As % of expenses 6.6% -1.1% 15.5% 29.0% 7.6%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $42,892 -$62,183 $167,809 $397,479 $78,492
As % of expenses 2.9% -4.2% 11.1% 24.8% 4.6%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,482,141 $1,383,899 $1,682,783 $1,897,997 $2,037,268
Total revenue, % change over prior year 15.1% -6.6% 21.6% 12.8% 7.3%
Program services revenue 88.7% 90.5% 90.1% 94.0% 86.9%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.9% 0.0% 0.0% 0.6% 2.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 3.6%
All other grants and contributions 9.9% 9.4% 9.9% 5.5% 7.3%
Other revenue 0.4% 0.0% 0.1% 0.0% 0.2%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,409,271 $1,435,607 $1,457,859 $1,549,956 $1,674,540
Total expenses, % change over prior year 4.2% 1.9% 1.6% 6.3% 8.0%
Personnel 74.8% 73.9% 73.5% 72.7% 70.0%
Professional fees 4.3% 5.2% 3.8% 7.7% 8.9%
Occupancy 9.0% 9.7% 8.4% 7.7% 9.2%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 11.9% 11.2% 14.3% 11.8% 12.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,459,454 $1,482,600 $1,516,041 $1,602,322 $1,722,806
One month of savings $117,439 $119,634 $121,488 $129,163 $139,545
Debt principal payment $9,885 $13,609 $13,481 $13,569 $13,649
Fixed asset additions $65,844 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $1,652,622 $1,615,843 $1,651,010 $1,745,054 $1,876,000

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 0.3 0.9 3.0 5.6 4.9
Months of cash and investments 4.9 5.7 7.5 10.9 12.1
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 6.6 5.9 7.5 10.4 10.5
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $34,316 $103,803 $367,141 $729,382 $677,310
Investments $543,144 $576,303 $549,003 $682,785 $1,014,648
Receivables $242,885 $76,418 $114,476 $211,004 $66,991
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $1,235,881 $1,280,543 $1,131,079 $1,131,078 $1,026,358
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 64.2% 65.6% 66.1% 70.7% 72.4%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 20.7% 22.0% 34.1% 27.3% 20.9%
Unrestricted net assets $1,011,867 $949,684 $1,117,493 $1,514,972 $1,593,464
Temporarily restricted net assets $6,467 $3,108 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $6,467 $3,108 $3,108 $0 $37,500
Total net assets $1,018,334 $952,792 $1,120,601 $1,514,972 $1,630,964

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

De'netta Benjamin-Miller

De’netta Benjamin-Miller became Executive Director of Sojourner House and Sojourner House MOMS on Oct. 14, 2019. Ms. Benjamin-Miller most recently served as Familylinks, Director of Behavioral Health. She is a licensed clinical social worker with a Masters of Social Work from University of Pittsburgh and Bachelor of Arts from Central State University. A Homewood resident who grew up in the Lincoln-Larimer neighborhood, Ms. Benjamin-Miller is passionate about the missions of both organizations and familiar with the work the organizations do in the community. Ms. Benjamin-Miller brings over 10 years of management experience and 18 years of experience as a behavioral health clinician.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Sojourner House

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Compensation data
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Board of directors
as of 03/13/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board co-chair

Lauren Marzullo

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Term: 2014 - 2024

Board co-chair

LSW Nishauna Ball

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Kimberley Miller, CPA

Sisterson Certified Public Accountants & Consultants

Col. Ronald Szwarc


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Jacqueline C Brown


Staci Ford


Dawn Gordon


Lauren Kreps

Natasha Lightner

Charmaine McCall

Tammi McMillan Marshall


Donna Sloan

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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/13/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/13/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.