We are hiring for a new position

By · Monday, March 23rd, 2015 · No Comments »

We are hiring for a new position on our Generation Now team. Check it out.

SOJOURNERS CARE NETWORK
Generation Now
Sojourners Care Network is an asset-based youth development organization serving Appalachian Ohio.  A non-profit organization founded early in 1999, Sojourners fosters positive development opportunities for children and young adults living in the most distressed counties of Appalachia.  Generation Now, a team of Sojourners, provides a wide array of housing and services for runaway and homeless youth.

Activity Coordinator
The Activity Coordinator will report directly to the Director of Generation Now. Hours will be 2:00 p.m.—10:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. 

Key responsibilities include: work with daytime case manager to develop, implement and monitor individual and group life skills curriculum for participants; develop and facilitate weekly activities, including activities that are educational, fun and engaging for all participants; coordinate and provide transportation to appointments for Generation Now program participants as needed; monitor nightly and weekend Aactivities within Generation Now housing; participate in Generation Now outreach events.

Requirements of position: high school diploma, two years experience working with young adults, willingness to work to work evenings and weekends,ability to pass a Bureau of Criminal Investigation background check, reliable transportation with valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance.

Application deadline for position: APRIL 3. For more information or to submit resume contact Fallon Kingery by email at fallonkingery@yahoo.com, fax 740.596.7134 or mail Sojourners, P.O. Box 312, McArthur, OH 45651.

 

 

 

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Celebrating Safe Place Week

By · Thursday, March 19th, 2015 · No Comments »
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Sojourners staff are delivering balloon bouquets to our Safe Place sites on “Thank You
Thursday”

Sojourners is one of five organizations sponsoring the Safe Place Program in Ohio, and the only one based in a rural area. The organization manages 63 sites in Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Meigs, Pickaway, Pike, Ross, and Vinton counties, more than any other organization in the state.

We are using National Safe Place Week to highlight and recognize our Safe Place sites. 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 and we couldn’t be more appreciative of their support.

Safe Place is a national youth outreach program that educates thousands of young people every year about the dangers of running away or trying to resolve difficult, threatening situations on their own. This easily-replicated initiative involves the whole community to provide safe havens and resources for youth in crisis.

Safe Place creates a network of Safe Place locations—schools, fire stations, libraries, grocery and convenience stores, public transit, YMCAs and other appropriate public buildings—that display the yellow and black diamond-shaped Safe Place sign. These locations extend the doors of the youth service agency or emergency shelter throughout the community. Youth can easily access immediate help wherever they are.

Each year between 1.6 and 2.8 million youth run away from home. They leave home to escape abuse or neglect, drug or alcohol abuse by family members, or because they’re told to leave. Sometimes, youth feel that they don’t belong, and leaving home is often not a choice they want to make. They often face other difficult issues — problems at home, issues at school, trouble with peers, being locked out of the house, riding with an unsafe driver, or being in a dangerous situation on a date.

No matter what the reason, young people do have a safe alternative. They can go to any designated Safe Place site to get immediate help.

Vinton County High School students show off their Safe Place wristbands

Vinton County High School students show off their Safe Place wristbands

 

Staff at R & C Quickstop, a Safe Place site in Vinton County

Staff at R & C Quickstop, a Safe Place site in Vinton County

 

Youthbuild Begins Big

By · Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 · No Comments »
Ross County and Vinton County Youthbuild participants and staff strike a pose after our MLK Day of Service presentation at South Elementary School

Ross County and Vinton County Youthbuild participants and staff strike a pose after our MLK Day of Service presentation at
South Elementary School

On January 12, after an intensive recruiting campaign that included signs, banners, a billboard, and 12 public information sessions, two cohorts of young men and women began their Youthbuild careers. Sixteen participants are located at the Ross County site at Synergy Family Foster Care in Chillicothe and seventeen are located at the Sojourners Training Center in McArthur.

The new Youthbuilders have progressed through two weeks as Pledges to the rank of Trainees. As Trainees they have studied NCCER, a nationally recognized construction curriculum, received First Aid and CPR training, and begun their educational studies. Several have achieved the rank of Apprentice, and it is expected that most will advance to this level in the near future. An Apprentice receives a training stipend for his or her work.

For the first time, all of our Youthbuild participants are also members of the Youthbuild AmeriCorps program. As AmeriCorps members, they are responsible for 450 annual hours of service to the community. Being known as YouthBuild AmeriCorps members, identifying with national service and community service, and obtaining valuable education awards for postsecondary education places our Youthbuilders in the mainstream of respected American society.

New Opportunities for Employment with Sojourners

By · Friday, November 28th, 2014 · No Comments »

Are you interested in helping young people in Southeastern Ohio overcome challenges and achieve great success in their lives?  Sojourners Care Network is looking for dynamic individuals to join our Generation Now and Youthbuild programs.  Please see below for a summary of the current positions open and click here for full position descriptions.  Resumes and cover letters are due by Wednesday, December 10.

YOUTHBUILD

Help Build a Bridge Between Adolescence and Adulthood

Two positions available in Youthbuild of Southeastern Ohio (YOSO), a comprehensive job training and education program for students aged 16-24 operating in Vinton and Ross counties.  Looking for dynamic team members committed to helping young people become successful members of their community.   A commitment to develop respectful and empowering relationships with appropriate boundaries is essential.

 

Supportive Service Coordinator

Coordinate IDP and Aftercare services for all Youthbuild participants and alumni.  Key responsibilities: perform behavior health/diagnostic/intake services; oversee development of IDP and Aftercare plans; provide individual and group counseling.  Minimum reqs:  Master’s preferred, LSW or relevant behavioral health licensure required; two years direct clinical experience with children and families in therapeutic settings; ability to pass a Bureau of Criminal Investigation background check, reliable transportation with valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance. Work from main office in Vinton County with some travel to Ross County.

Instructor

Responsible for vocational training related to carpentry, construction, maintenance and other varied skills training, as well as monitoring an online classroom for students aged 16-24 who are involved in the Youthbuild Program. Minimum reqs:  3 years’ experience in construction or related field; experience working with youth preferred; ability to tutor students in multiple subjects at H.S. level; at least 21 years of age; ability to pass a Bureau of Criminal Investigation background check, reliable transportation with valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance. Work from main office in Ross County with some travel to Vinton County.

GENERATION NOW

Help End Youth Homelessness

Two positions available in Generation Now, a division seeking to address and end youth homelessness in Southeastern Ohio.  Looking for dynamic individuals interested in working with disenfranchised youth as a support and resource.  A commitment to develop respectful and empowering relationships with appropriate boundaries is essential.

Victim Assistance Counselor

Provide direct clinical services to children impacted by trauma and violence.  Key responsibilities: perform behavior health/diagnostic/intake services, case mgmt, counseling, on-call rotation, training of staff, and information/testimony in court (as needed).  Minimum reqs:  Master’s preferred, LSW or relevant behavioral health licensure required; two years direct clinical experience with children and families in therapeutic settings; ability to pass a Bureau of Criminal Investigation background check, reliable transportation with valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance.

Street Outreach Community Outreach/Engagement Worker

Provide outreach and education directly to runaway and homeless youth.  Key responsibilities: plan and coordinate events in seven counties; relationship building; Safe Place site coordination; and on-call rotation.   Evening hours required, some weekends.  Minimum reqs: high school diploma, ability to pass a Bureau of Criminal Investigation background check, reliable transportation with valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance.

Submit resumes and cover letter (identifying which position(s) you are applying for) by Wednesday, December 10 to:  Sojourners Care Network, ATTN: Generation Now or Youthbuild, PO Box 312, McArthur, OH  45651.

 

Funding for the Youthbuild positions is made available through a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.  Funding for the Generation Now positions is made available through grants from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Sojourners is an equal employment opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law

 

 

 

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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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.