foster parents needed

By · Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 · No Comments »

Our Foster Care Program experiences these problems everyday as we struggle to find placements for foster children. WE NEED MORE FOSTER HOMES. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent with Sojourners please call 877.496.8531 today.

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Meet the Snow-Bevins foster family

By · Sunday, May 7th, 2017 · No Comments »

In the next few weeks we happily share with you profiles of our foster parents. Today, let us introduce you to Becky Snow-Bivens and Greg Bivens. Becky has been fostering with Sojourners for five years. She recently married Greg, who will shortly become a foster parent, too. They live in a big white house in the country in Ross County, with lots of foster children, all boys. You could say that Becky is always outnumbered!SNOW-GIVENS FC Profiles

We are recruiting new foster parents

By · Friday, May 5th, 2017 · No Comments »

Do you have room in your home? In your heart? Sojourners needs more foster homes. We need foster parents to be there for kids in care. For the next few weeks we will be posting info about becoming a foster parent and the benefits of fostering. Stay tuned and please share our posts with your friends to help spread the word.18278097_1514207845309742_441751974953751461_o

Foster and Adoptive Care Policy Manual Now Available Online

By · Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 · No Comments »

Sojourners Care Network has added the Foster and Adoptive Care Policy Manual to the website.  This manual provides guidance in line with state of Ohio foster and adoptive care rules and regulations.  For more information, please contact Sam Davidson at 740-577-8522.

 

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By · Monday, October 10th, 2016 · No Comments »

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Looking for a event to put you in an autumn mood? Then put our first ever Sojo Cider Festival on your calendar. Come watch us press Vinton County Apples produced in the apple orchard we manage. Check out our homemade, funky cider press. Its made from scrap lumber and metal from our recycling center, and bicycle powered! To add to the fun, we’ll have a big flea market, music, and pony rides for children. The date is October 22, so mark it down! If you are interested in setting up a flea market booth call Shelly at 740.591.6649. Space is limited, so get on the stick!

Joy will be missed by her Sojourners Family

By · Wednesday, August 17th, 2016 · No Comments »

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The Sojourners family was shocked yesterday by the unexpected death of our dear friend and colleague, Joy Dickerson. Joy was employed by Sojourners for 10 years but served the organization before that as a board member and board chair. She embraced every new opportunity thrown her way with enthusiasm and commitment and gave her best every day to the young people she served. Her loss leaves a gaping hole in our organization and in our hearts. We send our deepest condolences to her father, sisters, and all her family and friends. SHE WILL BE MISSED.

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Help Us Make Homeless Youth Feel at Home

By · Thursday, July 14th, 2016 · No Comments »

HomeWOTY_zps31c32a96Here is the good news. Today Sojourners is providing safe housing for more homeless youth than ever before in our 17 years. Now the bad news. We do not have grant funds to furnish their apartments, which puts a big strain on our organization. We need your help to make homes for these young men and women.

We have a great need for the following items, which can be new or gently used. Household supplies (flatware, dishes, glassware, pots and pans). Furniture (beds, mattresses, chest of drawers, sofas, tables and chairs). Appliances (microwaves, toasters, toaster ovens, lamps.) Soft goods (bed linens, kitchen linens, pillows, rugs). And, of course cleaning supplies and toiletry items. You can drop off donations at Sojourners, 605 West Main Street, McArthur, OH. We may even be able to pick up big items. For more info contact Shelly Horvath at 740.591.6649 or shorvath@sojournerscare.net.

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Full-Time Supportive Services Positions Available

By · Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 · No Comments »

We are currently hiring Supportive Services positions. This position is full-time with Sojourners benefits, including health care. The search closes on June 22.
Please send resumes to Ryan Caudill, at rcaudill@sojournerscare.net. Join the Sojo family this month!Microsoft Word - YOSO Supportive Services Coordinator.docx

 

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Donate Blood and get a Ticket to Kings Island

By · Monday, June 13th, 2016 · No Comments »

Am Red Cross - flyerDonate blood and you can become a “ride warrior” or walk with dinosaurs.  Everyone who donates blood at the Vinton County bloodmobile on Wednesday, June 22 will receive a free ticket to Kings Island as long as supplies last. Kings Island, located in Kings Island, Ohio, near Cincinnati, features roller coasters, thrill and family rides, Planet Snoopy, and Dinosaurs Alive. Each free ticket has a value of $63.99. The tickets can be used during the summer and fall while the park is open.

The June bloodmobile will be held on Wednesday, June 22 from 11:00 am to 5:00 p.m. at the McArthur VFW, 401 Veterans Memorial Drive in McArthur.  Donors do not need to be Vinton County residents to donate.

This is really a big deal.  We hope to have 125 donors at this drive. Donors can bring their family and friends in to donate, get their tickets, and then make the trip to Kings Island for a summer fun event. It’s a great way to thank our summer donors, because blood donations are critically important during this season.

Blood donations are needed now to help avert a summer blood shortage.  During the summer, an average of two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need. Vacations and other summer activities conflict with donation appointments for many donors, but the need remains constant.

It is very important to make an appointment, due to the numbers of people who traditionally attend these drives.  Amusement park tickets will be available for those with appointments, but may not be available for walk-ins.

Appointments to donate blood at the bloodmobile can be made by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1.800.733.2767) or by going to www.redcrossblood.org. Be sure to tell them you are in the Central Ohio Blood Services Region and want to make an appointment for the Vinton County Community Blood Drive when you call.  Most healthy people who are at least 17 years old and weigh 110 pounds or more are eligible to donate every 56 days. Sixteen year olds may donate with parental permission. A permission form may be downloaded from www.redcross.org For more information call Shelly Horvath at 740.591.6649 or shellyhorvath@yahoo.com.

The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Give blood.

How does our garden grow?

By · Wednesday, June 1st, 2016 · No Comments »

The Carver Community Center Community Garden began on April 16, 2016 during a service event, ServeUp DayCamp, sponsored by Sojourners as part of Global Youth Service Day 2016. Children from the Carver Community Center and Ross County YMCA day care and after school programs enjoyed a day of fun and meaningful activities exploring the idea of an ideal, or dream, community. They took part in a service learning project, planting seeds, greens and herbs for the community gardens at the Carver Community Center. The seeds were nurtured in cold frames at the center until the garden plot was ready. The produce from the garden will be used in meals which are served at the center five days a week and are free to the public. The free lunch program is a partnership of the Carver Community Center and Ross County Community Action. Any extra produce will be shared with the community. The garden is coordinated on-site by Gary Kellough, our Ross County Youthbuild Coordinator, and an expert gardener. 

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Children from the Carver Community Center Day Care Program transplant herbs and vegetables