SOJOURN


Sojourn Programs

Hotline
(310) 264-6644

24 hours a day, 365 days a year Confidential English and Spanish

Crisis Intervention
Safety Planning
Domestic Violence Information
Referrals

To discuss your situation and receive peer support, access any of Sojourn’s programs, or referrals to services in your community, call us right now. Collect calls accepted. Callers may choose to remain anonymous.

 

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Shelters (Residential Programs) Sojourn has continued to maintain its reputation as one of the leaders in Los Angeles County, providing services in keeping with our mission statement.

The Shelter provides 4 to 6 weeks of intensive case management services, individual and play therapy, group therapy, horticultural therapy through our GROW program, therapeutic play groups through our Children’s Program, ongoing domestic violence education, parenting skills education, social service advocacy, peer counseling and crisis intervention services, and life skills training. We house women in any stage of pregnancy; female and male children up to age 18; undocumented women; women with substance abuse and mental health issues; women with disabilities, with caregivers, with service animals; with or without restraining orders, recent acts of violence, physical violence. We do not tolerate racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia. Our core philosophy of empowerment for every individual gets to the root of domestic violence by working to prevent abusive, controlling behavior. All our services are free of charge.

Second-stage Shelter: Adams Family Foundation House is a model of congregate living where residents are provided with 3 to 6 months of supportive services which consist of clinical and peer counseling, vocational and life skills workshops, parenting education, and advocacy. Adams House serves women and children victims of domestic violence who have lived in constant crisis and still are living in the shadow of threat from their abuser, unable to move to traditional transitional housing where they would be required to present with a high level of functioning. This is a population who, without such a second-stage shelter, would have to live on the street or return to their abusive homes. These are extremely disempowered and disconnected people who, if their condition is not reversed, and the people allowed time to heal and to develop coping mechanisms, could suffer lifelong consequences. Specifically, these are:

  • Women whose brief stay in a domestic violence crisis shelter (4 to 6 weeks) has not been sufficient to facilitate their recovery from trauma, sometimes not even from severe physical injuries, nor has it allowed them enough time to re-establish a healthy bond with their children.
  • Children who have lived so long with traumatic stress that, if not treated, may suffer from inadequate development of the neural pathways which form the foundation for new learning, reasoning and creativity.

GROW: The shelters’ program of horticultural therapy provides a healing and nurturing garden setting for all of our clients’ use. Access to the garden is not restricted, and clients are encouraged to work, play, or rest there any time they feel like it as part of their healing process. Their enjoyment of the garden is augmented by weekly workshops, facilitated by volunteer Master Gardeners, which focus on general maintenance (weeding, watering, composting), planting, harvesting, cooking and occasional field trips. Clients learn to use herbs in cooking, cosmetics, aromatherapy, and homeopathic healing. Dried herbs are used to make potpourri, sachets, and wreaths. The program stresses healthy eating habits and encourages exploration of entrepreneurial possibilities associated with gardening. Participants often enjoy vegetables or herbs they’ve never tried before and are able to share recipes with one another which is especially gratifying when it results in multicultural learning.

 

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Children’s Program: It is the mission of the Sojourn Children’s Program to provide a safe and therapeutic environment to provide children with the vivid and practical experience of non-violent, non-coercive, highly respectful relationships, with a clear and unwavering emphasis on prioritizing the empowerment of the children. It is also our goal to share our philosophy with the mothers of the children and offer them access to skills for parenting for independence rather than compliance as an amendment to their family’s resources in their permanent relationship structure. Basic programming consists of play groups which are facilitated by staff and volunteers. All sheltered children aged three and up receive on-site art/play therapy provided by a master’s level and/or licensed therapist.

 

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Support Groups
Support groups are held at various times throughout the week in both English and Spanish by trained facilitators. The groups are anonymous, drop-in, and free of charge. Some of the groups have simultaneous facilitated children’s empowerment play groups. For information, call (310) 264-6644.

 

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DV 101: Knowledge = Power (Domestic Violence Class for Survivors): Series of educational components with topics such as an in-depth look at domestic violence dynamics, the control wheel and the cycle of violence, parenting, communication skills, and healthy boundaries. Free of charge. Prior registration is required. For more information, please contact the hotline (310) 264-6644. This class satisfies DCFS, family court and dependency court requirements for “domestic violence classes.” 

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Community Education: This program provides education to the community, in-service training and technical consultation to other service providers, and seminars in local schools to present on teen dating violence and a “hands are not for hitting” curriculum to elementary-grade students. To arrange for a speaker, call (310) 264-6646, Ext. 221.

Outreach: This program uses various means of communication and advertising to familiarize community members with Sojourn and our services so that the information will be readily available to clients in need. Additionally, outreach is designed to invite community leaders to partner with Sojourn in various capacities including volunteering, organizing educational seminars, discussions about domestic violence, and fundraising. To arrange for a speaker, call (310) 264-6646, Ext. 221.

 

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Legal Assistance
The free weekly Legal Clinic is a longstanding collaboration between Sojourn and Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles. Attorneys volunteer their time to clients who sign up for a consultation one evening a week on a variety of questions from protective orders, child custody, and divorce to landlord-tenant issues. For information, call (310) 264-6644.

 

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Court Advocacy Program, established in July of 1992, this program is exclusively a collaboration between Sojourn and the Santa Monica City Attorney’s office, providing a full-time shelter-based, shelter-trained advocate to work with the deputy in charge of the Family Violence Unit. The Advocate assists victims with services and act as liaison to the criminal-justice system. Services include crisis intervention and peer counseling, assistance with protective orders, court accompaniment, and referrals to community resources.

 

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Social Services Advocacy: Staff assist welfare recipient mothers who are victims of domestic violence to comprehend the system and advocate for their own benefits. Sojourn provides supportive services designed to move clients from dependency and danger to safety and self-sufficiency. For information, call (310) 264-6644. 

 

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Safe At Home:
SAFE AT HOME is a confidential mail-forwarding program administered by the Secretary of State’s Office to help Californians escape abusive partners. The program allows victims to suppress their DMV records, complete a confidential name change and register to vote secure in the knowledge that their home address will not be made available to the public.

If you are a survivor of domestic violence or a victim of stalking, SAFE AT HOME can help keep your assailant from finding you.

  • SAFE AT HOME will give you an official, substitute address to use in place of your real home address. 
  • All first class mail, legal documents and certified mail will come to Secretary of State offices in Sacramento. Staff will forward them to you and keep your real address absolutely confidential. Mail is forwarded within 48 hours.
  • For most participants, this is a no-cost mail forwarding service.
  • As a participant in Safe at Home, you can also protect yourself and your family by suppressing your DMV records, registering as a confidential voter and applying for a confidential name change.

SOJOURN is an official enrolling agency where staff will work with you on the evidence of abuse or threats required for enrollment. To learn more and sign up, call (310) 264-6644 and ask to speak with staff about the SAFE AT HOME program.

 

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