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Jewish Family & Children’s Service Adds Sojourner Center to Portfolio
Posted By Jamie Killin on July 31, 2017
Jewish Family & Children’s Service, one of the state’s largest providers of behavioral health and social services, and Sojourner Center, one of the nation’s largest and longest-running domestic violence shelters, have announced that Sojourner Center will become one of the programs offered by Jewish Family & Children’s Service.
“We welcomed the opportunity to make Sojourner Center part of the JFCS family of programs,” said Dr. Lorrie Henderson, President & CEO of Jewish Family & Children’s Service. “Sojourner Center’s role in providing critical, life-transforming services to victims of domestic violence cannot be overstated. We had the ability and resources to make certain Sojourner Center is able to continue providing those services, and that’s what we did. JFCS prides itself in being a good community partner and believes this is yet another demonstration of that commitment.”
The organizations expect to that the move will increase Sojourner Center’s efficiency and effectiveness while positioning Jewish Family & Children’s Service as one of the leading domestic violence services providers in the state.
“This addition will cement Sojourner Center’s extraordinary legacy of providing safety, hope and healing to victims of domestic violence for many years to come,” said Dr. Paul Stander, Chairmanof the JFCS board of directors. “The two organizations share a history of successful collaborations that made this partnership a perfect fit. JFCS is committed to ensuring the continued, long-term impact of Sojourner Center on the thousands of community members it serves.”
Under the agreement, Sojourner Center will operate as an affiliate organization of Jewish Family & Children’s Service and will maintain its own 501(c)3 status.
It’s expected that all direct service and social work staff will continue working in Sojourner Center’s program areas, and that Sojourner Center will continue its programs without interruption.
Jewish Family & Children’s Service currently operates a domestic violence program, Shelter Without Walls, which will continue to address unmet needs of Maricopa County’s domestic violence survivors and their children who are not living in shelters.