Autumn 2017 


Our Mission: Offering compassionate, faith-based recovery services to mothers and their children.
Sabika founder/CEO Karin Mayr named Victorian Tea honorary chair; long-time supporter 
Lynne Chadwick named Pearl of Hope recipient

Sojourner House's 14th Annual Victorian Tea - to take place Sunday, April 15, 2018, 2-4 p.m., at Pittsburgh's Grand Hall at the Priory - promises to be a very special afternoon, thanks to supporters of Sojourner House, new and old alike.
Karin Mayr, founder and CEO of nationally renowned company Sabika Jewelry which is based in
Pittsburgh, will be this year's honorary chair.  Karin's story is an inspirational one. She started Sabika from her kitchen table, in Pittsburgh, during a time of financial need for her family. She was determined to build a company that connects women from all walks of life. She focused on creating beautiful, artisan-made jewelry rooted in her 20 year experience as a successful trend forecaster. She has since offered an entrepreneurial opportunity to thousands and has seen Sabika transform lives. Today, Sabika is sold by independent Sabika Consultants, both women and men, through Sabika Parties across the U.S. and helps bring out the individual beauty of those who wear it.
"I want to support Sojourner House, because helping children is an essential part of their program. I have always been an advocate for children," said Karin. "At Sojourner House, you give these children and families hope and structure when they need it most."
Long-time Sojourner House supporter Lynne Chadwick will receive the 2018 Pearl of Hope Award.  Lynne, who is CAO, Director of  BNY Mellon Risk & Compliance,  has dedicated significant time and energy to Sojourner House for nearly a decade. She served on the board for two terms, taking on such roles as board president and governance committee chair. She also served on the tea planning committee for eight years, including serving as tea chair in 2010. In addition, Lynne has hosted multiple meetings and fundraisers to attract contributions for Sojourner House.
"Having Lynne Chadwick as a supporter of Sojourner House has been a true blessing and a godsend, She has offered so much on so many levels to help Sojourner House grow into the successful organization it is today. She is most deserving of this recognition," said executive director Joann Cyganovich. 
PLEASE NOTE: The 1-2 p.m. social hour will include a meet-and-greet with our honorary chair. Tickets will be available for purchase, starting on Jan. 15. For more information, please email

CMU 1000Plus Day volunteers support Sojourner House

CMU Interim President Farnam Jahanian assists student volunteers during the university's 1000Plus Day

Several students from Carnegie Mellon University volunteered at Sojourner House during CMU's annual 1000Plus Day of Service, on Oct. 7.  During the event, the volunteers performed yard work and cleaned the property surrounding Sojourner House's East Liberty residence. Lending a helping hand were Interim CMU president, Farnam Jahanian, and Jim Rohr, Chairman of the Board.
1000plus is a collective of 1,000 Carnegie Mellon University students, faculty, staff, and alumni who join forces each year to provide a variety of community service projects at organizations throughout the Pittsburgh area ... all with the goal of creating a positive impact. Sojourner House, along with multiple other organizations, was one of the recipients of these services this year.

Citizens Bank honored for program that has recognized Sojourner House twice

Joann Cyganovich at PBT awards ceremony
Sojourner House Joann Cyganovich had the honor of presenting Citizens Bank Vice President & Sr. Regional Market Manager Beth Crow with a 2017 Pittsburgh Business Times Corporate Citizenship Award at PBT's awards ceremony on Oct. 5 at the Westin Convention Center Hotel. Citizens Bank was honored for its Champions in Action program, which assists small nonprofits in addressing critical needs of the local community. Sojourner House was named Citizens Bank's 2017 Champion in Action, the second time Sojourner received the distinction in 11 years.
Yoga class returns to MOMS after summer break

Following a summer hiatus, yoga sessions for Sojourner House and Sojourner House MOMS residents resumed in September, thanks to the coordination efforts of local yoga instructor Stefanie Zito. Zito has recruited multiple volunteer instructors this year to teach Sojourner House and MOMS residents.

Pictured to the right: A yoga class participant practices with instructor Skye Chaney.

John McMillan Presbyterian donation drop-off

Many thanks to Bethel Park-based John McMillan Presbyterian Church for its recent donations to Sojourner House's families. Special thanks to Mission
Committee member Cheryl Davies, left, traveled to Sojourner House to drop off the items.

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Panel discussion highlights mothers who survived overdose
About 50 people attended "Inside Out: Mothers Who Have Survived Overdose" the evening of Nov. 9 at East End Cooperative Ministry. Read the Nov. 10 "Next Pittsburgh" article about the panel discussion, along with Sojourner House's and other Pittsburgh organizations' efforts to combat the opioid crisis.

New members, officers elected to SoHo, MOMS boards

The Hon. Cheryl Allen

Dr. Staci Flint

Liz Harrington

Lisa Iadiccico

Sarah Mayer

Chad Restori

Dr. Jackie Szwarc

Tammy Thompson

The following board officers and board members were voted into office at the June board meeting of residential rehabilitation program Sojourner House and Sojourner House MOMS:
--The Hon. Cheryl Allen joined the Sojourner House board. She became the first African-American woman to be elected to the Pennsylvania Superior Court, in 2007.
--Dr. Staci Flint joined the Sojourner House MOMS board. Dr. Flint is owner of Kyle's Hope.
--Liz Harrington is now Sojourner House board president. Harrington is Assistant Vice President, Wellness and Work-Life Strategy Manager for The PNC Financial Services Group
--Lisa Iadiccico joined the Sojourner House board. A member of long-time supporter Shadyside Presbyterian Church, Lisa is Senior Management Consultant & Marketing Director for the University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute.
--Sarah Mayer is serving as President emeritus. This is her sixth year serving on the board. She is founder and Partner of East Liberty-based Shift Collaborative.
--Chad Restori is now board treasurer. This is his second year on the board. He is a Financial Advisor for Hefren-Tillotson, Inc.
-Dr. Jackie Szwarc, joined the Sojourner House board. She previously served on the board from 2007 until 2011.
-Tammy Thomson joined the Sojourner House MOMS board. She owns Thompson Real Estate Consulting, and is Circles Site Coordinator/Family Development Coordinator for Open-Hand Ministries. She also is serving as board secretary
"The Sojourner House and Sojourner House MOMS boards continue to grow and bring new energy to our organization," said executive director Joann Cynanovich. "We're blessed to have such a strong group of individuals who bring many different talents to the table."
SoHo recognized at Women of SWPA dinner 
Sojourner House was one of 33 local nonprofits to be recognized at Women of Southwestern PA's 2017 Grant Recipients dinner on Nov. 16 at the Valley Brook Country Club. Thanks to a grant from WSWPA, Sojourner House has been able to purchase charity care items for our residents, including sheets, bedding sets, towels, and shower hooks. For information about WSWPA, visit



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