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.

Stand up for what you believe in. Help provide a voice to those that cannot yet share their story. Join in on the #Until...
12/09/2020

Stand up for what you believe in. Help provide a voice to those that cannot yet share their story. Join in on the #UntilSheCan Challenge and let survivors of domestic violence know you stand with them. We will not rest, #UntilSheCan

Thank you Neroli Salon & Spa for your support yesterday on  #GivingTuesday, and all month long with your #bringjoy2020, ...
12/02/2020

Thank you Neroli Salon & Spa for your support yesterday on #GivingTuesday, and all month long with your #bringjoy2020, promotion!

We are honored to be the recipient of this fun incentive, and can’t wait to see all the beautiful photos!

#nerolisalonspa #sojournermke #untilshecan #bringjoy2020

Bring joy to Sojourner Family Peace Center this #GivingTuesday ❤️✨ During or after your visit to Neroli Salon & Spa, post a photo with the hashtag #bringjoy2020, and we'll donate $1 for each hashtag used to Sojourner Family Peace Center!

Sojourner Family Peace Center provides crisis housing, system advocacy and individual support to keep local women, men and children safe and healthy.

Post your photo with #bringjoy2020 hashtag to either Instagram or Facebook beginning today. Our donations will run through the Thursday, Dec. 31. Learn more about Sojourner Family Peace Center here » https://www.familypeacecenter.org/ and let's bring joy to our wonderful community.

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2020 has made us all survivors. At Sojourner Family Peace Center we celebrate survivors. We are survivors, because of th...
12/01/2020

2020 has made us all survivors.
At Sojourner Family Peace Center we celebrate survivors.

We are survivors, because of the support we receive from this community we call home.
We are survivors, because we fight on, and persevere, despite what often seem like unbeatable odds.

2020 is the year of the survivor.
Celebrate domestic violence survivors with us, this GivingTuesday by making a donation to support our work.

#GivingTuesday #GiveBackDontGiveUp #SupportSurvivors

12/01/2020

We need your support to provide lifesaving resources from therapy to legal help. Stand up for survivors of domestic violence and consider donating or volunteering today. We can all work together to empower and support each other #UntilSheCan. familypeacecenter.org #GivingTuesday

As 2020 comes to an end you may be reflecting on what you gave up. The canceled coffees, cocktail hours, dinner dates, c...
12/01/2020

As 2020 comes to an end you may be reflecting on what you gave up. The canceled coffees, cocktail hours, dinner dates, concerts, weekend getaways, graduations, fundraiser galas and more. You gave it all up, but now you can GIVE IT ALL BACK!

GIVE IT ALL BACK, the cost of the coffees and cocktails you missed, the tips you didn’t leave, the Ubers you didn’t take, and the plane tickets or cocktail attire you didn’t purchase.

GIVE IT ALL BACK, this GivingTuesday by supporting nonprofits, supporting your local community, and most importantly supporting domestic violence survivors.

#GivingTuesday #SupportNonprofits #SupportSurvivors #GiveItAllBack

Today is GivingTuesday! GivingTuesday is a day of global generosity. Take a moment today to read Candice’s story. She an...
12/01/2020
Survivor spotlight: Candice & Maddie — Sojourner

Today is GivingTuesday! GivingTuesday is a day of global generosity.

Take a moment today to read Candice’s story. She and her daughter Maddie are survivors. They came to Milwaukee, after fleeing Candice's abusive ex-boyfriend, with the hope of finding a brighter future, and a safe place to call home.
Without the generosity of supporters like you, we wouldn’t be able to provide life saving services and hope to survivors, like Candice and Maddie, in our community.

#GivingTuesday #SupportSurvivors #Hope
https://www.familypeacecenter.org/blog/survivor-spotlight-candice-amp-maddie

As 2020 comes to an end, you may be reflecting on what you gave up. The canceled coffees, cocktail hours, dinner dates, concerts, weekend getaways, graduations, fundraiser galas and more. You gave it all up, but now you can GIVE IT ALL BACK . GIVE IT ALL BACK. The cost of the coffees and cockt

We hope your holiday shopping is off to a good start! If you're still shopping for deals, take a moment this weekend to ...
11/28/2020
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We hope your holiday shopping is off to a good start!

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When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate to Sojourner Foundation Inc. Support us every time you shop.

Have a happy, safe and peaceful holiday!
11/26/2020

Have a happy, safe and peaceful holiday!

11/25/2020

Have you heard this story once or twice? It's a tale as old as time. We have the power to rewrite the narrative and support survivors. We are here to help on your path of healing. Visit familypeacecenter.org for resources. We will not rest, #UntilSheCan

11/24/2020
Milwaukee Rental Housing Resource Center

Are you in need of safe, affordable housing? Milwaukee Rental Housing Resource Center can help. Check out this great new homeless prevention resource today!

Hey Milwaukee, need rental help? You can find it here! We are the Rental Housing Resource Center and we’ve been busy preparing for our launch on December 1st. Over the next 10 days, we will be releasing video interviews featuring co-partners of the #MKERHRC to share our story with you. The most important thing you need to know? We’re here to connect people to housing resources – regardless of age, race, gender, family situation, or housing history. Community Advocates

Domestic violence isn't always fists and broken bones. Domestic violence can be questioning your actions, controlling wh...
11/23/2020

Domestic violence isn't always fists and broken bones. Domestic violence can be questioning your actions, controlling who you see, or even following you to work. If you're unsure about a situation, we are always here to offer support. #UntilSheCan FamilyPeaceCenter.org

11/16/2020

This story doesn't belong to Molly Fay. It's the story of a real domestic violence survivor. Show your support and share her story using the #UntilSheCan hashtag. FamilyPeaceCenter.org

You can uplift survivors and their voices. Share your image with #UntilSheCan and let your community know that 1 in 4 wo...
11/11/2020

You can uplift survivors and their voices. Share your image with #UntilSheCan and let your community know that 1 in 4 women experience domestic violence. Tag and challenge your friends to do the same and your support could help someone find the peace they need. Learn more: FamilyPeaceCenter.org

It’s #FlashBackFriday and we can’t help but reflect on #DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth and the outpouring of community s...
11/06/2020

It’s #FlashBackFriday and we can’t help but reflect on #DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth and the outpouring of community support.

Thank you to the amazing survivors who shared their stories and insight for our virtual panel. Thank you to Aggie's Bakery and Cake Shop & B93.3 for selling and promoting those delicious PEACE cookies. Thank you to everyone who participated in our virtual 5K, including DJ Shawna for her empowering music mix. Thank you to Mayor Tom Barrett, DPW Milwaukee, Fiserv Forum, The Gas Light Building, Marcus Performing Arts Center, and U.S. Bank for going #PurpleforaPurpose.

We CANNOT thank you all enough for your continued commitment to raise awareness and support for domestic violence survivors.

#SupportSurvivors
#DVAM2020
#grateful
#FlashBackFriday
#FeelGoodFriday
#SojournerStrong

She believed she could, so she did. Sojourner is proud to be a part of United Way's Annual Women’s Job Seminars. Togethe...
11/05/2020

She believed she could, so she did.

Sojourner is proud to be a part of United Way's Annual Women’s Job Seminars. Together, we can empower women facing barriers to employment and arm them with the skills and resources they need to land their next job or start a new career.

Don't miss the Fireside Chat on Nov. 11. Learn more and register here:

Have you found yourself needing to re-imagine your career due to the pandemic? Join ManpowerGroup and United Way for a Fireside Chat, "Re-envisioning Yourself." Register now: https://manpowergroup.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0rcemuqzMtEtz8rgq-nXsDX5f984iped1m #LivingUnitedApart #WomensJobSeminar #FiresideChat #ManpowerGroup #UnitedWayGMWC

11/05/2020

Estamos aquí para usted. La violencia domestica puede afectar a cualquiera. Aquí le podemos ofrecer recursos y un lugar seguro. #hastaqueellapueda FamilyPeaceCenter.org

11/02/2020

Domestic violence can impact anyone. It doesn't matter who you are or where you are from. Know that it is not your fault and that we stand by you. To learn more about our services or how you can help visit FamilyPeaceCenter.org #UntilSheCan #DomesticViolence

Did you see the Fiserv Forum tonight?! It's lit purple to show support for survivors during #DomesticViolenceAwarenessMo...
10/30/2020

Did you see the Fiserv Forum tonight?! It's lit purple to show support for survivors during #DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth.

COVID-19 has created urgent, new challenges for people impacted by domestic violence. Home is not always a safe place. Thank you, Milwaukee Bucks, Nuna and Fiserv Forum for being a beacon of hope for survivors everywhere.

#DVAM2020
#SojournerStrong
#SupportSurvivors
#DomesticViolence

No trick-or-treat in your neighborhood? No problem! Head to Aggie's Bakery and Cake Shop in West Allis! Pick up some del...
10/29/2020

No trick-or-treat in your neighborhood? No problem!

Head to Aggie's Bakery and Cake Shop in West Allis! Pick up some delicious Halloween treats, and PEACE cookies! Aggie's and B93.3 peace cookie promo runs through this weekend. $1 from each peace cookie sold comes to Sojourner Family Peace Center!

For more information on the Peace Cookie Project visit https://www.b933fm.com/b93-3-aggies-bakery-peace-cookie/

DYK: Domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking survivors have confidentiality rights regarding information disclose...
10/28/2020

DYK: Domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking survivors have confidentiality rights regarding information disclosed on poll lists, per Wisconsin state law.

The law covers anyone who has been granted a protective order that is in effect, has a signed affidavit verifying they were a victim and continues to be threatened, lives in a shelter or submits a statement signed by a representative of a domestic abuse or sexual assault service provider, such as Sojourner.

If eligible, the survivor’s name and address is not disclosed on the poll list, but instead, the voter presents a voter identification card with a unique identification serial number given by the municipal clerk.

For more information about eligibility and how to apply for confidentiality, visit https://elections.wi.gov/elections-voting/voters/confidential.

#SupportSurvivors
#Election2020
#DomesticViolence
#DVAM2020

10/28/2020

Words, looks, fists, and control all play a role in domestic violence. Know the signs and reach out for support. Share survivor stories like those on our page to help highlight the realities of what domestic violence looks like. #UntilSheCan breathe without fear, it's our duty share the truth. #DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth

A BIG thank you to all Virtual 5K to end domestic violence participants! Fall was definitely in the air this past weeken...
10/27/2020

A BIG thank you to all Virtual 5K to end domestic violence participants! Fall was definitely in the air this past weekend, but you all got out, and got moving, to show your support and raise awareness for survivors of domestic violence.

A special shout out to DJ Shawna for the awesome and inspiring music mix and words of encouragement for our participants, we appreciate your continued support!

We can't wait to 5K again with you next year!

Threats are a form of violence and control. If your partner is threatening to harm you or a loved one or even themselves...
10/27/2020

Threats are a form of violence and control. If your partner is threatening to harm you or a loved one or even themselves, please know that we are here to help. And #UntilSheCan be at peace we will be by her side. #DomesticViolenceAwarnessMonth

10/26/2020

This isn't FOX6's Kim Murphy's story. This is the story of a domestic violence survivor. We will share her words and stand up for survivors, #UntilSheCan freely tell her story. Will you share this post to show support? #domesticviolenceawarenessmonth

10/24/2020

It's here! It's here! Sojourner's Virtual 5K is here!

Watch our virtual kick-off right now:

Featured speakers include: Sojourner President & CEO Carmen Pitre, Sojourner Advocate Kecia Turner, MPD Captain Eric Pfeiffer and DJ Shawna, the official DJ of the Milwaukee Bucks.

Join us any time this weekend! Walk or run at your own pace, in your own place, wearing purple!

Hyatt Regency Milwaukee is going #purpleforapurpose this week!Thank you, Hyatt Regency Milwaukee, for raising awareness ...
10/23/2020

Hyatt Regency Milwaukee is going #purpleforapurpose this week!

Thank you, Hyatt Regency Milwaukee, for raising awareness and spreading hope for the many survivors in our community.

#DVAM2020 #SupportSurvivors #UntilSheCan

10/23/2020

These are the words of a real survivor of domestic violence. She received support from Sojourner, our donors and partners. But many others still need help. Share this post to help spread awareness that 1 in 4 women experience domestic violence and we cannot rest #UntilSheCan. FamilyPeaceCenter.org

LAST CALL!  Register @ familypeacecenter.org TODAY by 5:00 p.m. for our 3rd annual 5K to End Domestic Violence. Did we m...
10/23/2020

LAST CALL! Register @ familypeacecenter.org TODAY by 5:00 p.m. for our 3rd annual 5K to End Domestic Violence. Did we mention It is FREE to participate!?!

Put on some Purple, tie your shoes and hit play on DJ Shawnas mix. Walk or run with us, to show your support for the thousands of domestic violence survivors, and their families, in our community. It's that simple.

ALL registered participants will receive a custom music mix by Milwaukee's own DJ Shawna, and be entered in our gift card drawing.

#dvam2020 #UntilSheCan #5K #Virtual5K #SupportSurvivors

For 50 years the Marcus Performing Arts Center has been a part of our community, bringing people together through the po...
10/22/2020

For 50 years the Marcus Performing Arts Center has been a part of our community, bringing people together through the power of live performing arts.

Thank you, Marcus Performing Arts Center, for displaying #purpleforapurpose this week, in support of the thousands of domestic violence survivors in our community.

#dvam2020 #Supportsurvivors #UntilSheCan #SojournerStrong

Today we wear purple. #DVAM2020#SojournerStrong#SupportSurvivors#domesticviolence #PurpleDay#DVAM
10/22/2020

Today we wear purple.

#DVAM2020
#SojournerStrong
#SupportSurvivors
#domesticviolence
#PurpleDay
#DVAM

Thank you Mayor Tom Barrett and DPW Milwaukee for turning the statue in front of City Hall #purpleforapurpose, in suppor...
10/21/2020

Thank you Mayor Tom Barrett and DPW Milwaukee for turning the statue in front of City Hall #purpleforapurpose, in support of the 12,000 survivors we serve each year.

#dvam2020 #supportsurvivors #untilshecan #Sojournerstrong

The iconic Gas Light Building, and its 21ft flame, serve as a weather beacon for the city of Milwaukee. This week it's a...
10/20/2020

The iconic Gas Light Building, and its 21ft flame, serve as a weather beacon for the city of Milwaukee. This week it's also awash in purple, serving as a beacon of hope for survivors of domestic violence.

Thank you, Colliers International Wisconsin, for being #purpleforapurpose we appreciate your support!

#DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth #SupportSurvivors #untilshecan #DVAM2020 #SojournerStrong

Thank you, Near West Side Partners, Inc., for hosting this important discussion. We appreciate all you do to keep our co...
10/20/2020

Thank you, Near West Side Partners, Inc., for hosting this important discussion. We appreciate all you do to keep our community vibrant and safe.

#dvam2020 #SupportSurvivors #domesticviolenceawarenessmonth #SojournerStrong

Join us for our Wednesday Webinar Series! Tomorrow at noon, we will be having a conversation on domestic violence and community resources with Sojourner Family Peace Center.

So far in 2020, Milwaukee County has seen a 95% increase in the number of domestic violence-related deaths compared to t...
10/19/2020

So far in 2020, Milwaukee County has seen a 95% increase in the number of domestic violence-related deaths compared to the same timeframe last year. (That's not a typo -- it's 95%.)

Home is not always a safe place. The pandemic has created urgent new challenges for people living in isolation and fear.

YOU can be a beacon of hope by going #purpleforapurpose. Wear purple, shine a purple light, do whatever you can to let survivors know they're not alone. Show you care. Tag us and let your light shine brightly.

THANK YOU, U.S. Bank, for shining a light on domestic violence! We are grateful for your support.

#DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth #SupportSurvivors #untilshecan #DVAM2020 #SojournerStrong

Child Care, legal service, therapy, medical help, career support, and so much more. We work to eliminate any barrier tha...
10/19/2020

Child Care, legal service, therapy, medical help, career support, and so much more. We work to eliminate any barrier that might stand in the way of survivors finding peace and stability. We are here to help and we will not rest, #UntilSheCan. #domesticviolenceawarenessmonth FamilyPeaceCenter.org

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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!!