Sojo Car Show and Free Plane Rides for Kids Offer Fun

By · Thursday, October 16th, 2014 · No Comments »

la-classic-carsDo you own a cool or classic car, truck or motorcycle?  Enjoy looking at them? Want to take a ride on the beautiful roads of Southeast Ohio? Whether you want to enter a vehicle or just like looking at them, the Sojourners Benefit Car Show is a great way for you to spend your Sunday afternoon.

Sojourners is planning a benefit car show which will be held in conjunction with the Leaf Peep/Young Eagles annual event at the Vinton County Airport on Sunday, October 19. All proceeds from the car show will be used to help pay for the burial expenses of Sojourners’ beloved foster parent, Colleen Weaver.

Registration for the Sojo Car Show begins at Noon. Judging for the car show will take place at 2:00 pm. Registration fees are $10 for the car show. Awards will be given for first, second and third places and people’s choice. Free dash plaques will be given to the first 20 vehicles registered.

 Car, motorcycle, and airplane owners will also be able to take part in Sojo Snapshot.  For $5, owners can have their photographs taken with their vehicles and planes by a professional photographer. Two professionally edited photographs will then be emailed to the owners.

 Other fun activities will take place at the Vinton County Airport this Sunday from Noon until 4:00 pm. Free airplane rides are available for youth ages 8-17. Children under 8 years of age may fly free with an adult accompanying them. Adults may take a plane ride for $30. A mini tractor competition will be held and skydivers will jump in to thrill the crowd. Admission is free and food is available.

For more information contact Nate Podboy at 740.418.2145 or npodboy@sojournerscare.net.

 

Recycling Center Changes Days it is Open

By · Monday, September 15th, 2014 · No Comments »
Youthbuild participants at work in the Sojo Eco Community Recycling Center

Youthbuild participants at work in the Sojo Eco Community Recycling Center

Our Sojo Community Recycling Center has changed the days that it is open to the public.  Starting in September, it is open Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  It is no longer open on Mondays. The change is due the classroom and construction schedule of Youthbuild, the Sojourners program that runs the recycling center.

The Sojo Community Recycling Center provides valuable occupational experience for young people in the Sojourners Youthbuild program, as well as a service to the community. Sojourners  appreciates the flexibility of the recycling center’s customers as the schedule is modified to meet the needs of both the community and the Youthbuild program.

The recycling center buys aluminum cans and a wide variety of other metals. Information about the center’s price list can be found below or on the Sojourners Facebook page.  

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New Hours for the Sojo Community Recycling Center

By · Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 · No Comments »

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Our Sojo Community Recycling Center is now open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Our friendly staff of Youthbuild participants will be waiting to help you recycle your aluminum cans and scrap metal. 

The recycling center will be closed for Labor Day and on Wednesday, September 3 due to a staff training. We will continue with normal hours on Friday, September 5. See you then!

Check out our customer scrap metal list below:

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Sojourners Golf Tournament Provides Great Day of Golf

By · Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 · No Comments »

10599689_757831904280677_502759478101624214_nThanks to everyone who took part and helped out at our 4th annual golf tournament that took
place at the beautiful Chillicothe Jaycees Public Golf Course on Saturday, August 9th. The weather was wonderful, the food was great, and the golfers had a good day of golf. We would especially like to thank our generous sponsors:

Snider, Fuller & Stroh
Synergy Family Foster Care
Andrew Musilli Agency
Fraternal Order of Eagles, McArthur Aerie #2279
McArthur Tire
Vinton County National Bank
Yankee Street Farm
WesBanco Inc.
Tinkle Belts
5/3 Bank
Carlisle Insurance
Wagner Rentals
Carman’s Used Tires and Trucks
Jerry’s Do It Center
J-Fab
McWilliams Funeral Home
Mason’s Auto Body
The Filling Station

And also the businesses that donated door prizes for the event:
The Shop
Hummingbird Music
H&K Sound
Classic Brands
Village Haircutters
Elizabeth’s Flowers & Gifts
American Family Insurance
Sport About
Triple Crown
Standard Hardware
Bub’s Time Out Sports Bar
Champs Sports
The Men’s Shop
Brodigans
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hillicothe Paints
Adena Health Systems

 

Sojourners Receives new Youthbuild Grant

By · Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 · No Comments »

10013357_688192027911332_88479586_n-2The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of $73,654,300 in YouthBuild grants to support academic and occupational skills training for at-risk youth.

Youthbuild of Southeast Ohio, a program of Sojourners Care Network, has received a grant of  $1,100,000. Sojourners is one of only three organizations in Ohio to receive a grant and the only Ohio YouthBuild in a rural area to receive one.

Sojourners’ program, Youthbuild of Southeastern Ohio, is the nonprofit’s oldest grant-funded program and integral to the organization’s youth development mission.

Sojourners is 15 years old, and for 13 of those years we have had a YouthBuild program. Our program serves youth 16 – 24 years of age. Our participants spend half their time pursuing their diplomas or GEDs, and half learning job readiness skills by building or rehabbing houses for low income families and earning industry certifications which prepare them for the workforce.  During our 13 years with Youthbuild, we have served 296 young men and women. 98 of those participants received high school diplomas, while 88 received their GEDs. Also during that time our program participants built or rehabilitated 27 houses.

Through Sojourners’ new YouthBuild grant, 64 young men and women from southeast Ohio will have the opportunity to complete their high school diplomas on-site in the program’s on-line classroom, in conjunction with the Virtual Community School of Ohio. 

Youthbuild participants will have the opportunity to receive several industry certifications, including 10-hour OSHA; Logistics Art; Work Keys; and NCCER, a standardized construction and maintenance curricula with portable, industry-recognized credentials.

Additionally, Youthbuilders receive real world experience staffing the Sojo Eco Community Recycling Center, which accepts all recycling and buys metals. All proceeds from the recycling operation support the Youthbuild Program.

Many of our Youthbuild participants have been in the juvenile justice system, are aging out of foster care, are homeless, have dropped out of school, or are at-risk of failing to reach educational milestones that can lead to career fulfillment and a productive life. Sojourners is thrilled that we have the opportunity to continue to provide these young people valuable educational and job readiness training through this new YouthBuild grant.

 

Sojourners Celebrates National Safe Place Week

By · Thursday, March 20th, 2014 · No Comments »

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Sojourners is joining other organizations all over the country in celebrating March 16-22, 2014 as National Safe Place Week. This annual week highlights the Safe Place program, which brings together businesses and volunteers to provide immediate help and safety to teens facing abuse, neglect, bullying or other crisis situations. It is a time to raise awareness of Safe Place as an immediate option for youth in crisis and to recognize many valued Safe Place partners that strengthen the national safety net for youth.

We are using National Safe Place Week to highlight and recognize the 64 Safe Place sites we have in Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Meigs, Ross, and Vinton counties. The success of this program is based totally on our collaboration with the schools, fire stations, organizations, businesses, and libraries that are our integral partners.

During the week we are highlighting all our Safe Place sites, one county each day. Today we  want to recognize our sites in Gallia County: Gallia Academy High School, Gallia Academy Middle School, Gallia Metropolitan Housing, Once Again, Silver Screen VII, and South Gallia High School. Thanks so much for your help.

Sojourners Celebrates National Safe Place Week

By · Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 · No Comments »
Brenda Lehman, Goodwill of Logan, and Melissa Wales of the Village Cafe

Brenda Lehman, Goodwill of Logan, and Melissa Wales of the Village Cafe

Sojourners is joining other organizations all over the country in celebrating March 16-22, 2014 as National Safe Place Week. This annual week highlights the Safe Place program, which brings together businesses and volunteers to provide immediate help and safety to teens facing abuse, neglect, bullying or other crisis situations. It is a time to raise awareness of Safe Place as an immediate option for youth in crisis and to recognize many valued Safe Place partners that strengthen the national safety net for youth.

We are using National Safe Place Week to highlight and recognize the 64 Safe Place sites we have in Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Meigs, Ross, and Vinton counties. The success of this program is based totally on our collaboration with the schools, fire stations, organizations, businesses, and libraries that are our integral partners. During the week we are highlighting all our Safe Place sites, one county each day. Today we  want to recognize our two sites in Hocking County: Goodwill of Logan, in Logan, and the Village Cafe in Laurelville.

Sojourners Celebrates Safe Place Week

By · Monday, March 17th, 2014 · No Comments »

Sojourners is joining other organizations all over the country in celebrating March 16-22, 2014 as National Safe Place Week. This annual week highlights the Safe Place program, which brings together businesses and volunteers to provide immediate help and safety to teens facing abuse, neglect, bullying or other crisis situations. It is a time to raise awareness of Safe Place as an immediate option for youth in crisis and to recognize many valued Safe Place partners that strengthen the national safety net for youth.

We are using National Safe Place Week to highlight and recognize the 64 Safe Place sites we have in Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Meigs, Ross, and Vinton counties. The success of this program is based totally on our collaboration with the schools, fire stations, organizations, businesses, and libraries that are our integral partners. During the week we will highlight all our Safe Place sites, one county each day. Today we  begin with Vinton County, home of our first Safe Place sites. Vinton County Safe Place sites include Bud’s One Stop, Cross Creek General Store, Hamden Food Mart #280, R&C Quick Stop, Vinton County Sheriff’s Office, Vinton Industries, and Wilkesville Fire Department. The newest Vinton County site, R&C Quick Stop, came on board just last week.VintonSafePlace

Green Light Project Raises Awareness of Runaway Youth

By · Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 · 1 Comment »

 

Join us in a Green Light Project Walk

November is National Runaway Prevention Month and Sojourners is joining organizations all across the country in the fight against youth homelessness. National Runaway Prevention Month is co-sponsored each year by the National Runaway Switchboard and the National Network for Youth. The goals of the month are to raise awareness about the issues that runaways and homeless youth face and educate the public about solutions preventing youth from running away from home.

Sojourners will join the effort by taking part in the Green Light Project, which is the symbol for National Runaway Prevention Month. The organization will sponsor a number of activities in Athens, Hocking, Jackson, Ross, and Vinton counties. 

To kick off the month of awareness activities, Sojourners will host an awareness walk in each of the counties to show support for homelessness youth:

The numbers around runaway and homeless youth are really daunting. For instance, 2.8 million teens run away from home each year, and 32,953 children were homeless in Ohio last year. In the past year, Generation Now, our division of runaway and homeless youth programs, has sheltered 92 homeless children and youth, and 23 young adults received more long-term housing in our Transitional Living Program. And these statistics are just the beginning of the bad news. Research tells us that adults who were runaways or homeless for a period of time as children face a higher rate of alcohol and drug abuse, criminal offenses, and suicide.

“Exposing the Numbers” exhibits will be placed in county schools, government offices, and other community locations.  The exhibits are made up of cardboard boxes painted with green, black and white statistics about runaway and homeless youth.

These exhibits are basically boxes of different sizes placed in a big pile. Each box has a statistic about young people who run away. Boxes are used because kids on the street often find shelter in cardboard boxes. It’s a striking, visual way of getting this information out to the community.

On November 4, Sojourners staff will take part in a national social media day of action, using social media to encourage their friends and acquaintances to share information about runaway and homeless youth with others.

Every Thursday through November Sojourners staff are encouraging people to wear green socks.

We’ve had a lot of fun with our green sock Thursdays. The idea is that when people ask you why you are wearing bright green socks it gives you an opportunity to talk to them about runaway youth. We have people from all over the region posting pictures of themselves wearing their green socks. Green sock photos can be found on the Green Light Project event page, which can be accessed through our Facebook page.

For more information about Sojourners’ Green Light Project activities like us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram and Twitter @sojoforkids.

 

 

 

 

Information Sessions Available for Prospective Youthbuilders

By · Monday, August 19th, 2013 · No Comments »

 

Youthbuild participants work with machinery in the Sojo Eco Recycling Center

Youthbuild of Southeast Ohio is recruiting participants for its new class which will begin September 4th 2013. 

Two information sessions are planned for prospective participants, their families, and interested community members. The events will be held on Thursday, August 22 at 6:30 pm and Tuesday, August 27 at 6:30 pm. Both information sessions will be held at the Sojourners Training Center, home of Youthbuild, at 62969 US Highway 50, just outside of McArthur.

Young women and men in Youthbuild learn construction and carpentry skills by building homes for low-income families, while receiving leadership and education support leading to a high school diploma or GED. After reaching certain benchmarks, participants are paid for their work. The Youthbuild model of hands-on vocational training, coupled with work toward a diploma, provides a unique opportunity for young women and men who require additional support and a flexible learning environment. Participants must be between the ages of 16 and 24.

The new class is limited to 25 participants so those interested are encouraged to register as soon as possible. For more information or to register contact Joy Dickerson at 740.591.6279, or jdickerson@sojournerscare.net.

To learn more about Youthbuild and Sojourners visit www.sojournerscare.net, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @sojoforkids.