New Facebook Group Offers Great Bargains

By · Friday, February 19th, 2016 · No Comments »

IMG_0036Are you a picker, an upscaler, a rehabber? Do you love antiques, oddities, and a really good bargain? If you are any, or all, of these things we have just what you are looking for. Our Sojo Eco Recycling Center has started a new Facebook group called Sojo Eco Scrap to Treasure where we post info and photos of items which come come into our recycling center, but are just too good to throw in the scrap trailer. We have everything from wrought iron chandeliers to hospital beds, stainless steel flasks to gates and fencing, and much, much more. And, it is all priced to sell!
It’s easy to join.
1. Type Sojo Eco Scrap to Treasure in the search bar on your Facebook page.
2. When the group page comes up, just click the Join button.
It is a closed group, so it may take a bit till we approve your request, but then it will just show up in your list of groups. Below are photos of just a few items we have listed.12592562_1735979123298929_4109512090799531490_n12647319_1733219756908199_2894517240742567166_n

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We made MLK Day a day of service

By · Monday, February 1st, 2016 · No Comments »
Dream Camp participants create banners

Dream Camp participants create banners

On January 18, Sojourners continued its tradition of a “day on, not a day off” through activities commemorating Dr. King and his legacy. Our 2016 MLK Day of Service began in Chillicothe, Ohio, where we attended the morning Chillicothe Community Celebration in honor of Dr. King at the Chillicothe Junior High School. The program included speeches, presentations of awards to community members, and vocal selections by the Chillicothe High School Symphonic Choir.

After the community celebration, Sojourners. staff and participants headed to the Carver Community Center where we shared lunch with the children of the Carver Community Center day care program. After lunch we held a Dream Camp for the children. Teams comprised of staff, Youthbuild AmeriCorps members and campers rotated through six activity stations where they colored signs featuring Dr. King, helped create “Break the Hate” and “Lift the Love” banners and played games with civil rights themes.

The culmination of Dream Camp was a grand parade throughout the center. After the parade everyone took part in a balloon release outside. Campers had written their dreams and names on cards which were secured to the balloons that were released.

One of the most rewarding aspects of the Sojourners 2016 MLK Day of Service is that all of the activities were developed by members of our Vinton and Ross County Youthbuild AmeriCorps programs.

Youthbuild AmeriCorps members lead the grand parade

Youthbuild AmeriCorps members lead the grand parade

Our balloon release sent balloons with the children's dreams attached flying over Chillicothe

Our balloon release sent balloons with the children’s dreams attached flying over Chillicothe

Sojourners Celebrates National Adoption Month

By · Tuesday, November 24th, 2015 · No Comments »

At Sojourners we believe that every child
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Our Family Development staff work hard to match children in our foster care program with wonderful forever parents. We have facilitated the adoptions of close to forty children in the past three and one half years. And, several of our staff have adopted children over the years. Adopting a child can be the most rewarding thing you do. If you are interested in learning more about adoption it is very, very easy. Just give Cari Owen, our Director of Compliance and Training, a call. She can explain the procedure
to you. We will walk you hand-in-hand through the whole process. We have foster youth waiting for you to make that call.

As someone once said “Adopting one child won’t change the world, but for that child, the world will change.”

It’s Chinese Auction Time

By · Thursday, October 22nd, 2015 · No Comments »

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It is that time of year again and we are busily preparing for our sixth annual Chinese Auction. Please put it on your calendars and contact Fallon Kingery a 740.591.6290 or fkingery@sojournerscare.net if you have items you would like to donate. All the proceeds from the auction will be used to provide Christmas activities for over 100 children and young people in our foster care and homeless youth programs. The auction will take place on November 19, 2015 at the Vinton County High School. The doors will open an 4:00 pm and we will start drawing tickets at 7:00 pm. Food and drink will be available and you can take part in a split the pot drawing and several cake walks.

Please help us make this a joyous holiday season for our young people. 

 

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New Athens County Project Seeks to Engage Teens as Leaders in Ending Youth Homelessness

By · Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 · No Comments »

Sojo Speaks Up

 

 

Sojourners Care Network has received a grant from the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation of Nelsonville to create new strategies for ending youth homelessness in Athens County.  The project, called Sojo Speaks Up, seeks to engage youth as advocates and educators around issues related to youth homelessness.

Check out the application below and contact Lisa Brooks by phone, text, or email at 740-418-7709 or brooks.lisa.jo@gmail.com.

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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.