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. 



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

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


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
deserves a forever home.71331032bee92d27b7c023085f897933

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.

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 »

Sojourners staff are delivering balloon bouquets to our Safe Place sites on “Thank You

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