The Effects of Homelessness
At Sojourner House, we understand the effects of homelessness, especially the impact it has on children. Children who experience homelessness often suffer from depression, anxiety and cognitive delays. They struggle academically, socially and emotionally. Children often become withdrawn, depressed, rebellious or suicidal. They are forced to start over again, enroll in a new school, make new friends and live in an unfamiliar place.
Welcoming a Child to Sojourner House
When a child enters the shelter for the first time, a strange and unusual place, they are greeted with a smile and a personalized gift awaits them in their room. Sojourner House works diligently with the family to enroll the child in school and sign the child up for afterschool activities. Sojourner House is a family shelter and families are encouraged to continue their family traditions while creating new ones. We work with families on establishing stability and consistent routines to prevent any anxiety a child might experience.
It takes a Village…
Unfortunately, many children come to Sojourner House without ever experiencing having their own birthday party. Thanks to Church of Christ in Roxbury they are able to experience for the first time what it means to have a birthday celebration with all the fixings…cake, ice cream, party favors and gifts celebrated with family and friends!
Families are also encouraged to participate in family outings hosted by St. Gerard Majella Church of Canton. St. Gerard sponsors events for families of Sojourner House. Transportation is always provided as well as a having a great time!
Sojourner House strives to make every child feel special and welcomed. Sojourner House provides a nurturing and stable environment where children are able to thrive and succeed and parents are supported.
Without the help of dedicated volunteers and community partners, Sojourner House would not be able to provide our children with so many precious moments…