Sojourner Family Peace Center

Sojourner Family Peace Center Our mission: To transform lives impacted by domestic violence.
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Sojourner Family Peace Center provides crisis housing, system advocacy and individual support to keep women, men and children safe and healthy. We operate a 46-bed shelter that has provided safety and support services to thousands of women and children. Other programs include: a 24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline, Domestic Abuse Victim Advocates in the Milwaukee District Attorney’s Office, Belle Resource Center for Women and Children, Courthouse Advocacy and Restraining Order Clinic, Legal Emergency Assistance, Children’s Advocacy, Ending Violence through Education and BA-Beyond Abuse, for men and women seeking alternatives to abusive behavior.

Mission: Transform lives impacted by domestic violence.

The signs of domestic violence might surprise you. It doesn't always happen with fists and kicks. Often it's control, fi...
06/03/2020

The signs of domestic violence might surprise you. It doesn't always happen with fists and kicks. Often it's control, financial suppression, and verbal abuse. That's why we have to be vigilant in our support. We will not rest #UntilSheCan.

Recent events have shone a light on the racism and oppression that people of color continue to face in this country. Our...
06/01/2020

Recent events have shone a light on the racism and oppression that people of color continue to face in this country. Our hearts go out to our African American clients, partners and staff who have to move through this world in fear.

We must deal directly with the fact that racism and oppression is the ground from which brutality springs. Long-term, institutional racism and oppression is embedded into the very fabric of our lives. The health and well-being of many depend upon our ability to tell the truth and to find the courage to actively change the circumstances in which we live.

Oppression and racism is at the heart of our work to end family violence. As such, we are committed to helping end all types of violence. Our success in helping people transform their lives depends on deepening our understanding of racism and oppression into our work.

Life is precious. We all have the right to exist, to breathe, to run through neighborhoods, sit in our cars, sleep in our homes and go bird watching without fear of harm. The color of our skin should not determine our right to live and to live freely.

To people of color everywhere: We acknowledge your pain, frustration and exhaustion. Sojourner stands with you and is committed to doing its part to end racism and violence in our community.

You are not alone.

05/29/2020

This isn't John's story. It is the story of a real domestic violence survivor. #UntilSheCan find peace and safely shout her story, we're asking you to share her words and bring awareness to domestic violence in all communities.

05/29/2020

Carmen talks with Natalie Hayden, survivor, advocate and co-creator of Exposedwithlaverneandnatalie, about our obligation to create hope in others, despite times of uncertainty and fear.

We're seeking crayons, sidewalk chalk, water bottles, flash cards for toddlers, bubbles and more now - June 30 to make s...
05/27/2020

We're seeking crayons, sidewalk chalk, water bottles, flash cards for toddlers, bubbles and more now - June 30 to make summer fun kits for kids in need and kids dealing with domestic violence.

If you have new items to share, please call Jenny R. at (414) 276-1911 to coordinate a safe, contact-free donation.

Learn more at https://www.familypeacecenter.org/blog/can-you-help.

Many Domestic Violence survivors can't come forward with their stories, but your support can make a difference. #UntilSh...
05/27/2020

Many Domestic Violence survivors can't come forward with their stories, but your support can make a difference. #UntilSheCan find peace and stability to share her story openly, we ask that you show up and show your face. We challenge you to participate. Learn more at FamilyPeaceCenter.org/untilshecan

05/25/2020

#UntilSheCan safely share her story, we will be here to help. Learn more and show your support.

These are the words of a real Domestic Violence survivor. #UntilSheCan openly share her story, we ask you to share her w...
05/22/2020

These are the words of a real Domestic Violence survivor. #UntilSheCan openly share her story, we ask you to share her words. Discover how you can make a difference.

05/21/2020

Carmen and Gerry explore how small acts of kindness sparked hope in their lives and ultimately sewed the seeds of what would become two vital community resources: Sojourner and PEARLS for Teen Girls. Prepare to be inspired!

05/21/2020

Many survivors of Domestic Violence cannot share their own stories. So we will share them with the world, and we will not rest #UntilSheCan. Visit our site and discover how you can make a difference.

Thank WISN 12 NEWS for this great piece on our awareness campaign, #UntilSheCan. Many are not safe at home right now but...
05/21/2020
Domestic violence prevention center launches #UntilSheCan campaign

Thank WISN 12 NEWS for this great piece on our awareness campaign, #UntilSheCan. Many are not safe at home right now but we are here to help.
24-hour domestic violence hotline (414) 933-2722

The Sojourner Family Peace Center has launched a new campaign to help combat domestic violence.

Sojourner Family Peace Center's cover photo
05/20/2020

Sojourner Family Peace Center's cover photo

05/20/2020

Today, we challenge the world to acknowledge and support survivors of Domestic Violence as we launch the #UntilSheCan movement. Strength lies in every single survivor of Domestic Violence. #UntilSheCan share her story safely, we will be there to support her on her journey to healing. Learn how you can join the movement and help survivors with awareness initiatives and donations at familypeacecenter.org

Sojourner Family Peace Center
05/20/2020

Sojourner Family Peace Center

Sojourner Family Peace Center's cover photo
05/20/2020

Sojourner Family Peace Center's cover photo

Did you know Domestic Violence is on the rise? What can you do about it? What WILL you do about it? Tomorrow, we'll be p...
05/19/2020

Did you know Domestic Violence is on the rise? What can you do about it? What WILL you do about it? Tomorrow, we'll be putting out the rally cry to support survivors and those still trapped. Keep an eye out for more info on ways to help. We won't rest #UntilSheCan.

05/18/2020
End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin

Home is not always a safe place. Please check out these statewide resources for people impacted by domestic violence or sexual assault, thanks to our friends at End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin.

You're not alone. It's not your fault. We're here to help.

In the Milwaukee area, call Sojourner's 24-hour hotline, (414) 933-2722, to speak with an Advocate about safety planning, emergency shelter, advocacy and support services. If outside the area, find an agency that can help you find safety, support and healing.

While we are being asked to stay safe at home, we know that home is not safe for everyone. For some, home includes violence, and many folks in our communities don’t have a place to call home at all. If you are experiencing sexual or domestic violence, help remains available.

Map of WI domestic violence service providers: https://www.endabusewi.org/get-help/

Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault Map of WI sexual assault service providers: https://www.wcasa.org/survivors/service-providers/

Many thanks to Joshua Beaton of UMOS, Latina Resource Center for lending his videography skills to share this important message.

05/15/2020

Carmen explains how kindness and love plants the seeds of hope in others.

How are you keeping it all together? We want to know. Join in a community discussion about how to have productive, stron...
05/12/2020

How are you keeping it all together? We want to know. Join in a community discussion about how to have productive, strong, collaborative relationships during these challenging times.

Keeping it All Together is hosted by Debra and Johnnie Fields, relationship experts who have been married for 46 years. Discussions are held Mondays, from 6-7 pm, using Zoom. Couples of all ages, races and backgrounds welcome. Come to learn or share tips for a successful relationship.

RSVP required: https://forms.gle/zm4bmhv3kX21hrTV8.

#keepingitalltogether #healthyrelationships

Our frontline staff were showered with love and support this week, thanks to the Meals Matter Movement  and Goody Gourme...
05/09/2020

Our frontline staff were showered with love and support this week, thanks to the Meals Matter Movement and Goody Gourmets. Our hearts are full thanks to your thoughtful cards and delicious treats, which we shared with residents of our emergency shelter. Thank you for recognizing our hard work during this stressful time!

Together, we are #sojournerstrong!

05/08/2020
Love, light and hope

At Sojourner, we believe in combating violence and darkness with love and light. Since the onset of COVID-19, we've been simply blown over by the love and light generously given by donors, volunteers and supporters. This generosity inspires hope in our clients and staff alike. This Hope Talk shares some of the amazing ways people have helped Sojourner and spread hope during this challenging time.

Living amid COVID-19 is stressful for everyone. Practicing self-care, good communication and healthy habits can help mak...
05/07/2020

Living amid COVID-19 is stressful for everyone. Practicing self-care, good communication and healthy habits can help make your home a peaceful place.

Here are 5 tips for a peaceful home:

Home isn't always a safe place and these incredible domestic violence survivors want to remind you that help is still av...
05/06/2020

Home isn't always a safe place and these incredible domestic violence survivors want to remind you that help is still available amid COVID-19. Hope heals, hope saves and hope will carry us through this challenging time.

Call Sojourner's 24-hour domestic violence hotline (414) 933-2722 or visit www.familypeacecenter.org for help or to help others.

And a big, giant THANK YOU to all the wonderful people who donated yesterday, #GivingTuesdayNow. We are so grateful for your support!

#voicesstrong #hearourvoices #sojournerstrong #thankfulwednesday

From a survivor: "Sojourner has always been there to help me heal in so many ways. They've given me the tools necessary ...
05/05/2020

From a survivor: "Sojourner has always been there to help me heal in so many ways. They've given me the tools necessary to relax and care for myself through the Hope + Healing program. During this (COVID-19) crisis, I can't go in to get a massage or join in the Inner Peace group. But that's OK because I have the skills that I learned there to survive. How to breathe. How to relax, how to care for my emotional well-being."

A gift to Sojourner on #GivingTuesdayNow helps #domesticviolence survivors find safety, healing and ongoing support. Together, we are #sojournerstrong!

Safe & Sound, Inc.'s daily resource guide is an excellent resource during COVID-19. The guide includes info about food, ...
05/02/2020
COVID-19 Updates & Resources

Safe & Sound, Inc.'s daily resource guide is an excellent resource during COVID-19. The guide includes info about food, employment, COVID-19 testing, activities, mental health, safety resources and more.

Please read and share to help our community stay informed of critical services.

Daily Resource Guide May 1, 2020 Click here to view our daily resource guide! Daily Resource Guide April 30, 2020 Click here to view our daily resource guide! Daily Resource Guide April 28, 2020 Click here to view our daily resource guide! Daily Resource Guide April 22, 2020 Click here to

05/01/2020
Hope Talk with Carmen & Debra

Sojourner's Carmen Pitre talks with Debra Fields about the importance of self-care and being present for each other during challenging times.

Stay Strong, Stay Connected! Day 5: What are you reading?Reading books can be a great way to pass time, AND spend time w...
05/01/2020

Stay Strong, Stay Connected! Day 5: What are you reading?

Reading books can be a great way to pass time, AND spend time with loved ones. What have you been reading? What are your kids reading? Stay Connected. Comment with a favorite book pic. #stayconnected

05/01/2020

Carmen Pitre talks with Debra Fields, Sojourner's Community Education and Prevention Coordinator, about the importance of self-care and being present for each other during challenging times.

Stay Strong, Stay Connected- Day 4. What's Cooking?We KNOW you've been cooking comfort foods and baking sweet treats the...
04/30/2020

Stay Strong, Stay Connected- Day 4. What's Cooking?

We KNOW you've been cooking comfort foods and baking sweet treats these past few weeks.

Stay connected. Share a pic in the comments of your culinary masterpiece! #stayconnected

Stay Strong, Stay Connected - Day 3. Today we are staying connected by wearing jeans.👖Today is Denim Day. Millions of pe...
04/29/2020

Stay Strong, Stay Connected - Day 3. Today we are staying connected by wearing jeans.👖

Today is Denim Day. Millions of people around the world are wearing jeans today to educate others and raise awareness about sexual violence.

Stay connected and support survivors. Post your denim pic in the comments. #DenimDay #stayconnected

04/29/2020

Thank you to everyone who has liked, shared and commented on our Stay Strong, Stay Connected posts.

Staying connected with loved ones during challenging times is crucial to your well-being. We hope this virtual event will inspire you to remain resilient during these times, and maybe give you an idea or two for ways to help get through the days. 🎨🧩👖👩‍🍳📚

Stay Strong, Stay Connected! Today we are staying connected with PUZZLES🧩Safer at Home orders are in place to protect us...
04/28/2020

Stay Strong, Stay Connected! Today we are staying connected with PUZZLES🧩

Safer at Home orders are in place to protect us, but can be isolating and stressful for many. Staying connected to friends and family during these times is critical.

Puzzles provide a welcome escape from the stresses of the world.Challenge a friend to a virtual puzzle contest or take on a 1,000 piece puzzle as a family.
Post your puzzle pics in the comments below. #stayconnected

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Keep your daughter, niece, sister, or granddaughter engaged this summer! Grateful Girls EmpowerME Summer 2020 program is FREE and open to all girls 12-17yo. See the link below for more info. #GratefulGirls
I was going to post this yesterday but got so busy out there doing my weekly appts and grocery shopping and sharing the #UntilSheCan Campaign.
CDSEnd them a Post Paula and tell them where you are and about your cash flow problems and you’re afraid of loosing your heme! Please tell them that your Samantha has health issues as well and you need counseling for your family in your area! If you want me to call on yout behalf,I will do that. they can send you in the right direction,Love. This reigns emotional abuse on you and the entire family Paula! Please call or let me call! I love you hon,I’m sorry life has thrown this at you and your family.Im going to bed praying for you hon! Love, Elaine😍💕😍🙏🏻
Ms Carmen Petri: To quote your Oct 16th, 2017 blog, you wrote: Working to bring peace, and live with an open heart, is hard work. Community and connection are so very important during times of heartbreak and fear. We, collectively, need to continue to look for new ways to create hope for ourselves, and for our family, friends, neighbors and anyone in our community who feels hopeless. I know that I can only continue this hard work if I am in partnership with each of you. I want you all to know that you make a difference in our community. Know that the listening ear, comfort and time you give to each other remain important and bring hope into the lives of many. We are stronger when we stand together. We can make a difference when we care for each other. We can spread peace by setting an example: practice self-care and advocate for each other’s wellness, confide and lean on each other during hard times, reflect, ask for help in times of need and share your voice. Ms. Petri, I have attempted to reach out to you personally dozens of times throughout the last few years. I have reached out to your organization nearly 36 times throughout the last few years. One time, I even managed to get Hector Hernandez on the phone for a nearly one hour conversation regarding the epidemic of false restraining orders. Mr. Hernandez was quite candid in this matter and specifically acknowledged that Sojourner's was well aware of the amount of RO abuse, especially when it came to high conflict custody battles and property division in divorce cases. Mr. Hernandez also stated that he personally spends a substantial amount of time at the court house and on the phone with, or in the offices of, probation officers "in an attempt to keep innocent men out of jail." Your personal life's journey has been to help victims of domestic violence overcome the obstacles placed before them and help them transform their souls in an attempt to heal and move forward. As someone who has had domestic violence impact my life in more ways than one, I find that to be a truly admirable mission. However, I have a mission of my own. My mission is to get the laws changed regarding Restraining Orders. No person who is in true need of help of any kind when it comes to domestic violence should be denied that kind of life changing help; however, the rampant epidemic of false restraining orders and the amount of lives those RO's destroy's should not be ignored either. Clearly, the system does ignore the cries for help from the countless individuals whose souls have been destroyed because of these false RO's. The system ignores the decent, loving, FIT parents who are denied the opportunity to be a parent to their children. The system ignores the fact that the individuals with false RO's are often forced into a life of poverty because most employer's are legally able to deny employment to someone with an RO on their record. The system ignores the fact that individuals with a false RO can legally be denied housing. The system does ignore the countless souls who have lost all hope because of false RO's and the gaping hole in their heart of not being able to see their kids and turn to drugs and alcohol in attempt to salve the pain that will not heal. The system does ignore the countless hopeless souls who are so despondent that they take their own lives, leaving family and friends behind. And most importantly, the system DOES ignore the profound impact these false RO's have on the children who are systemically being denied the chance to have their loving parent (which usually extends to grandparents, siblings, aunts and unlces, etc). These children are having abandonment issues forced upon, believing that the alienated parent never wanted or loved them, and those issues manifest in higher rates of teen alcoholism, drug addiction, anger management issues which manifests into violent behavior, depression and higher rates of suicide. And many of those kids then in turn end up in the same system as both the perpetrators and the victims of domestic violence, creating a vicious, generational cycle that will be almost impossible to break. If the words in your blogs are truly authentic, and you honestly want peace for all and for all to heal, then I would think you would be willing to do the right moral thing and stop the daily injustices which occur. If your words are authentic and truly from the heart, then I would think that you would want--as the leader of the world's top domestic violence advocacy shelter---to ensure that people who are truly in need of help will get it, while making sure that people with no conscience (along with the lawyers with no conscience who encourage them) are unable to abuse the system, taking away the valuable resources from the people who will truly need it. I will be embarking on a year long national tour/campaign to continue to raise awareness regarding false restraining orders and the damage they do in an attempt to get signatures for my petition to lobby for changes to the law. Changes that will benefit true victims of domestic violence, while holding those who purposely commit perjury under oath (and the lawyers who encourage and profit from such a horrendous act of manipulation). If the words you write in your blogs are authentic, if the words you speak and post on the Sojourner's page are authentic and if the words you speak to the community through the media are authentic, then I would think that doing the right moral thing and standing up the restraining order abuse (which is in and of itself considered a form of domestic violence). Ms. Petri, I am asking you today, in a symbolic act to show that this form of domestic violence is also unacceptable, to be the first one to sign my petition. Thank you very much for your time. Jeff Lampton
There's a handout often given to show the "house" of domestic violence (behaviors that are considered abusive). I believe they pass it out at The Alma Center. Could you please post it here for all to see? Thanks.
I have been familiar with Sojourner since working in the city ministry with my deceased husband Scott at Hope Street. It is indeed a wonderful place!!