Sojourner Family Peace Center

Sojourner Family Peace Center Our mission: To transform lives impacted by domestic violence. Sojourner provides crisis housing, system advocacy and individual support to keep women, men and children safe and healthy.
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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.

10/09/2020

No family is immune to the impact of domestic violence. It's easy to think it can't happen to us or someone we love. Know that you are strong and we are here to support you through this healing journey. This #DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth, join us in using your voice to share survivor stories #UntilSheCan

10/08/2020

1 in 4. That's how many women experience domestic violence. But too few can safely share their own stories. Use your voice #UntilSheCan, show support through donations, or if you're 1 in 4, turn to us for the resources to find peace and stability. familypeacecenter.org #domesticviolenceawarenessmonth

Today is a very special day. It's our first-ever HOPE CIRCLE RALLY DAY. 🎉The Hope Circle is a group of amazing people, s...
10/08/2020

Today is a very special day. It's our first-ever HOPE CIRCLE RALLY DAY. 🎉

The Hope Circle is a group of amazing people, so deeply committed to ending domestic violence, that they have signed up to be monthly donors.

It doesn't take much to make a HUGE impact. Some Hope Circle members give just $25 a month, which adds up over time!

Sojourner has been a pillar of peace for nearly 50 years. By joining the Hope Circle, you ensure our legacy of building hope for survivors and their families will continue for decades to come.

Sign up to have a recurring gift deducted from your credit or debit card every month. You can choose the amount. It’s the easiest way to make the largest impact.

Please, join our Hope Circle today. Survivors need us now more than ever.

https://www.familypeacecenter.org/hope-circle

#dvam2020 #sojournerstrong #supportsurvivors #UntilSheCan

Join our team! We're seeking an Associate Director of Advocacy - Shelter and Youth Programs to be responsible for strate...
10/07/2020

Join our team! We're seeking an Associate Director of Advocacy - Shelter and Youth Programs to be responsible for strategic planning, long-range forecasting, programmatic and financial oversight, personnel management and daily operations of Shelter Services and Children and Youth Services. Visit our Careers page for more information and to apply.

https://www.familypeacecenter.org/careers

REGISTER TODAY for the Sojourner Virtual 5K to End Domestic Violence, October 24th-25th. There's no better time to get o...
10/05/2020
Virtual 5K to End Domestic Violence — Sojourner

REGISTER TODAY for the Sojourner Virtual 5K to End Domestic Violence, October 24th-25th.

There's no better time to get outside with family and friends to walk (or run), enjoy the fall colors and raise awareness!

Registered participants receive a custom music mix by DJ Shawna, official DJ of the Milwaukee Bucks, an invitation to our virtual kickoff AND entry into our gift card drawing.

Did we mention It’s FREE to participate! REGISTER TODAY @: https://www.familypeacecenter.org/dvam/sojourner-virtual-5k

Join us as we celebrate survivors and raise awareness for domestic violence Oct. 24-25, 2020.

October is #DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth. Now is the time to show your support and stand with survivors. Anything can ...
10/05/2020

October is #DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth. Now is the time to show your support and stand with survivors. Anything can make a difference. Your voice, your time, or your donation. Today, we challenge you to share this message and let survivors know you will speak up against abuse #UntilSheCan. Find resources and ways to help at familypeacecenter.org

It's Sunday that calls for hot ham & rolls! Stop by Aggie's Bakery and Cake Shop to get some -- and while you are there,...
10/04/2020

It's Sunday that calls for hot ham & rolls! Stop by Aggie's Bakery and Cake Shop to get some -- and while you are there, pick up a few Peace Cookies!
No time today? That's okay! Go tomorrow for a chance to win cake for a year and other great prizes!! B93.3 will be @ Aggie's from 8-11 a.m. with prizes, and promoting the sale of the limited-edition Peace Cookies to help raise awareness during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
A portion of the Peace Cookie sales will come directly to Sojourner Family Peace Center! Thank you Aggie's Bakery and Cake Shop & B93.3 for your support!

10/01/2020

We are here to offer our support, our resources, and our hearts. We will help with any barrier that stands between you and peace. To learn more about our services call us or visit FamilyPeaceCenter.org

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We have a lot of great events planned to celebrate survivors' strength and...
10/01/2020
DVAM2020 — Sojourner

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We have a lot of great events planned to celebrate survivors' strength and resilience, as well as to drive awareness and aid.

Check our website for a list of events, including a virtual panel discussion, our first-ever Hope Circle Rally Day and our virtual 5K to End Domestic Violence Oct. 24-25.

Be sure to tune in at noon today to hear Sojourner President and CEO Carmen Pitre give a Hope Talk to kick off DVAM2020.

https://www.familypeacecenter.org/dvam2020

#dvam2020 #sojournerstrong #supportsurvivors #domesticviolence #UntilSheCan

Every October, we take time to educate the public about domestic violence and available resources. It is also a time when we celebrate survivors’ resilience and strength and drive lifesaving aid to provide safety planning, emergency shelter and ongoing support.

09/30/2020

Carmen kicks off Domestic Violence Awareness Month with a message about hope.

09/30/2020

You hear Dori Zori's voice every day on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee but today, she's using her voice to share the story of a real domestic violence survivor. #UntilSheCan share her truth, Dori has joined us in raising awareness of stories like these. Will you share her story, too?

09/29/2020
B93.3

Thank you B93.3 for teaming up with Aggie's Bakery and Cake Shop to promote the sales of their one-of-a-kind peace cookies, designed to raise awareness and spread peace during October- Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We appreciate your support and can't wait to try some ☮️cookies!
https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=339943863918268

Sweet treats for #TasteTestTuesday! In the month of October, when you purchase a Peace Cookie from Aggie's Bakery and Cake Shop a portion of the proceeds will go to Sojourner Family Peace Center! -- Joe B Milwaukee & Melissa Jordan

La violencia domestica puede tomar varias formas. A veces es física, pero otras veces es mediante el control, los celos,...
09/28/2020

La violencia domestica puede tomar varias formas. A veces es física, pero otras veces es mediante el control, los celos, o inclusive abuso verbal. Si siente que algo no está bien, busque ayuda. Estamos aquí para ayudar en todo lo que podamos.

What a beautiful collaboration! We are so grateful to the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra for working with domestic violenc...
09/24/2020

What a beautiful collaboration! We are so grateful to the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra for working with domestic violence survivors to write and produce lullabies for their children. 💜💜💜

NOW STREAMING: Musical Journeys is back! Music Director Ken-David Masur is joined by Carmen Pitre, President & CEO of Sojourner Family Peace Center. We are also honored to feature special guests & original compositions by the participants of our 2020 Lullaby Project, presented by Milwaukee Arts Board. ►Listen here: bit.ly/MusicalJourneys19

Your voice and your face can make a difference. #UntilSheCan openly share her story, use your face as a canvas to show y...
09/24/2020

Your voice and your face can make a difference. #UntilSheCan openly share her story, use your face as a canvas to show your support and challenge friends to join in.

09/22/2020

She is Strong. She is Worthy. We will be her safe place and shine a light on her story, #UntilSheCan

09/16/2020

This real survivor may have escaped the violence, but she fears for her children every single day. #UntilSheCan breathe easy, share her words and help end Domestic Violence. Learn how to support survivors at FamilyPeaceCenter.org

This could be your mother, daughter, sister or friend. Speak up and show your support #UntilSheCan feel safe at home. Do...
09/15/2020

This could be your mother, daughter, sister or friend. Speak up and show your support #UntilSheCan feel safe at home. Donate to help real survivors.

It's not safe for many survivors of Domestic Violence to show their faces when sharing their own stories. But you can. #...
09/14/2020

It's not safe for many survivors of Domestic Violence to show their faces when sharing their own stories. But you can. #UntilSheCan find peace, use your face as a canvas to share a message of support. Find more ways to help at FamilyPeaceCenter.org

09/11/2020

Chris Abele is giving a voice to the story of a real Domestic Violence survivor. Show your support and use your voice to raise awareness #UntilSheCan find peace. Learn how at FamilyPeaceCenter.org

09/10/2020
Southside Organizing Center

Tune in today for an important conversation about how to recognize and support kids dealing with trauma and family violence. Don't miss it!

3 o'clock with SOC - today, September 10th 🕒 Topic: Mental Health Awareness: Covid-19 and Domestic Abuse victims, and the steps parents can take to help their child cope with domestic violence trauma. With guests: CEO and President Carmen Pitre, Sojourner Family Peace Center, and Program Manager Mariana Rodriguez from Latino Women's Resource Center at UMOS.

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3 en punto con SOC - hoy, 10 de septiembre 🕒 Tema: Conciencia sobre la salud mental: Víctimas de Covid-19 y abuso doméstico, y los pasos que los padres pueden tomar para ayudar a su hijo a sobrellevar el trauma de la violencia doméstica. Con invitados: la directora ejecutiva y presidenta Carmen Pitre, Sojourner Family Peace Center y la gerente de programas Mariana Rodríguez del Centro de Recursos para Mujeres Latinas en UMOS.

09/08/2020

#UntilSheCan share her story, we will help keep her safe. Show your support and consider making a donation. Every dollar makes an impact at FamilyPeaceCenter.org

Happy anniversary, VOICES!The Sojourner VOICES advisory committee recently celebrated its 3rd anniversary!  VOICES is a ...
09/01/2020

Happy anniversary, VOICES!

The Sojourner VOICES advisory committee recently celebrated its 3rd anniversary! VOICES is a network of domestic violence survivors who use their voices to share stories of hope, healing, courage and strength.

The VOICES mission is to demonstrate the strength and resilience of survivors by raising awareness and providing education to the community. As they heal together, they share their stories so fellow survivors know they’re not alone.

Let’s give a huge shout-out to these amazing survivors for all the work they’ve done and continue to do!

Have you seen our #UntilSheCan billboards and bus shelters throughout Milwaukee?We are grateful for the courageous survi...
08/31/2020

Have you seen our #UntilSheCan billboards and bus shelters throughout Milwaukee?

We are grateful for the courageous survivors who shared their stories and the supporters who helped bring our #domesticviolence awareness campaign to the streets.

We will not rest #UntilSheCan.

Love should not hurt. And #UntilSheCan see her worth, we will help lift her up. Help us spread awareness of Domestic Vio...
08/29/2020

Love should not hurt. And #UntilSheCan see her worth, we will help lift her up. Help us spread awareness of Domestic Violence and donate to directly support survivors at FamilyPeaceCenter.org

08/20/2020

This week domestic violence received national attention. Now more than ever it is important that we help elevate survivor stories and work to make sure all women can be free of violence. Join us and show your dedication for survivors. We will not rest, #untilshecan.

#womenempowerment #domesticviolence #ViolenceAgainstWomenAct #violenceagainstwomen

08/19/2020

This isn't Cecelia Gore's story. But what if it was? Would it make the world pay more attention to the survivors of Domestic Violence? Show your support by sharing this real survivor's story #UntilSheCan safely shout it herself.

08/18/2020

We are here for you. We will be your shoulder to lean on, your stepping stone. #UntilSheCan find peace we will be here every step of the way. FamilyPeaceCenter.org

Today was a good day! We are so grateful to Spectrum / Charter Policy for a generous contribution and for donating Spect...
08/14/2020

Today was a good day! We are so grateful to Spectrum / Charter Policy for a generous contribution and for donating Spectrum Safe & Healthy Home Kits to domestic violence survivors at our contact-free drive-thru.

The kits contain easy-to-install and -use products to help make homes safer and healthier; such as a first-aid kit, LED night light, smoke alarm, emergency radio, carbon monoxide tester, cleaning solution and more.

Thank you for #supportingsurvivors and making our community a safer place. 💜💜💜

Many survivors can't share their face but you can! Stand up and show your support for survivors. #UntilSheCan share her ...
08/14/2020

Many survivors can't share their face but you can! Stand up and show your support for survivors. #UntilSheCan share her face show her that you will be an ally. Find out how you can join the movement.

08/11/2020

DJ Shawna has stepped up and given a voice to the real story of a domestic violence survivor. We will shout her story #UntilSheCan safely share it herself. Help us support her and many others at FamilyPeaceCenter.org

What are you doing Wednesday morning at 9 a.m.? Spend your morning coffee break with Carmen Pitre and David Caruso on th...
08/10/2020

What are you doing Wednesday morning at 9 a.m.?

Spend your morning coffee break with Carmen Pitre and David Caruso on the Dynamic Events by David Caruso Facebook series. See you then!

I cannot wait for David Caruso LIVE with Carmen Pitre & DJ Shawna! The Sojourner Family Peace Center is an incredible community asset and Carmen Pitre will shed light on the disheartening statistics of domestic violence - especially during the pandemic. Then, the one-and-only, DJ Shawna will join us live from the NBA Bubble in Orlando, Florida!
#davidcarusolive #signaturestyle #domesticviolenceawareness #untilshecan #NBA #nbabubble #DareToBe

08/10/2020

We are here for you during these challenging times. You are not alone. If you or someone you love needs support we will be your safe place. We will support her #UntilSheCan live a life without fear.

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06/27/2020

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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!!