"Providing compassionate, faith-based recovery services to mothers and their children."

 Sojourner House e-News
September 2013 - Vol. 7 
In This Issue
Day of Giving
Recovery Walk
Save the date: Victorian Tea!
New board officers, members
National Night Out at MOMS

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Christina McLachlan

Doris Orr 





Welcome to Sojourner House's e-News. In each issue, you'll learn about recent happenings at Sojourner House, as well as current and upcoming news and events.  For more information or if you have a suggestion, please contact editor Susan Orr at sorr@sojournerhousepa.org  



Support SoHo on Oct. 3 
Annual Day of Giving to support local non-profits 
Day of Giving postcard


Please consider supporting Sojourner House on PittsburghGives.org's 2013 Day of Giving, Thursday, Oct. 3. This year, your donation could go twice as far: In addition to getting a portion of Pittsburgh Foundation's pro-rated match pool, if you are a new or former donor, FISA Foundation will match your donation dollar for dollar! 


Hundreds attend annual Recovery Walk/Run  

Sunny day adds to enthusiasm 


 A beautiful September Saturday morning added to the camaraderie and positive energy of the 200-plus people who attended Message Carriers of Pennsylania's 8th Annual Rally for Recovery Walk/Run on Sept. 7 at Frick Park.  


Recovery Walk 2013 sign
Entrance to the 8th Annual Rally for Recovery Walk/Run on Sept. 7 at Frick Park



Speakers included Democrat Party Mayoral candidate Bill Peduto, Bishop David Brock-Koinonia Church of Pittsburgh, and Robin Horton Spencer-Executive Director of Message Carriers, who sang praises of those in recovery and of the people and organizations who support them.  They also offered insight on related healthcare issues.


Following the 3-mile walk/run through Frick Park, there was dance instruction, lunch, a petting zoo, pony rides, and a kickball game.


Thanks to the following sponsors: CCBH, Discovery House, Familylinks, IRETA, Jade Wellness Center, Pyramid Healthcare Pittsburgh, Renewal, Inc., Sojourner House/MOMS, South Hills Recovery Project, TADISO, and 1st Step Recovery Homes. Proceeds went to Message Carriers of Pennsylvania.



Recovery Walk 2013 participants
A long stream of people start a three-mile hike through Frick Park. 



Save the date: Annual Victorian Tea! 

Date for 10th annual "friendraiser" confirmed

Mark your calendars for the 10th Annual Sojourner House Victorian Tea, set for Sunday, April 4, 2-4 p.m., at Pittsburgh's Grand Hall at the Priory! Please note that this year, there will be a networking hour, starting at 1 p.m.   


Latasha Wilson-Batch, Executive Director of Best of Batch Foundation, is serving as this year's honorary chair. Sojourner House board member Cori Begg is serving as chair.  


If you would like to be a table captain or if you have questions, please email sorr@sojournerhousepa.org. Hope to see you there!


2014 Victorian Tea honorary chair Latasha Wilson-Batch has been a strong supporter of Sojourner House, including by delivering gifts to Sojourner House and Sojourner House MOMS families last Christmas with her husband, former Pittsburgh Steeler Charlie Batch.


2013 tea - Begg family

All in the family at the 2013 tea: Dave and Noreen Begg, who volunteer in Sojourner House's daycare every Friday morning,  pose with their daughter, Sojourner House board member Cori Begg, who is serving as this year's Victorian Tea chair.







New board members, officers

Several people welcomed at June meeting   


Bob Breit, MD

Lynne Chadwick

Deb Desjardins
Deb Desjardins
Ayana Ledford 
Sarah Mayer 
Rev. Jeff Tindall 
Christie Smith 



The following board officers and board members were voted into office at Sojourner House's June board meeting:  


Pediatrician Bob Breit, MD, is now a board member of Sojourner House. He resides in Mt. Lebanon with his wife, Jean.   


Lynne Chadwick is now treasurer of Sojourner House and Sojourner House MOMS. She has served on the Sojourner House board for five years, previously as president and vice president. Chadwick is Chief of Staff, Risk & Compliance, at BNY Mellon. She earned her BA from University of Virginia and her MS from Indiana University, Bloomington. She and her husband, Peter, live in Point Breeze.  


Deb Desjardins, an Edgewood resident, is now board president of Sojourner House. She has served on the board for five years. Desjardins is Director of Development at The Children's Institute. She earned a BA from St. Michael's College in Vermont and an MEd from the University of Vermont.


Ayana Ledford, a North Hills resident, is now a member of the board of directors. Ledford is founding Executive Director of PROGRESS at Carnegie Mellon University (http://progress.heinz.cmu.edu/). She earned her BA from Dickinson College  and her MSW from the University of Pittsburgh.


Sarah Mayer, an Allison Park resident, is now a member of the board of directors.  Mayer is Principal Partner and Marketing Strategist for East Liberty-based Creative Agency, Shift Collaborative.  She earned her BA from University of Pittsburgh and has a background in non-profit management and marketing.  


Christie Smith, a Pittsburgh resident, is now a board member of Sojourner House
MOMS. Working in real estate, Smith is a Property Manager. A Peters Township native, she earned her bachelors degree from The American University in Washington, DC, and a masters of science degree in journalism from Northwestern University. 


Rev. Jeff Tindall, a Mt. Lebanon resident, is now a member of the board of directors. Rev. Tindall is Pastor of Carnegie Presbyterian Church and Stated Clerk of Pittsburgh Presbytery. He is also a licensed Pennsylvania attorney. Tindall is a graduate of Allegheny College, Capital University Law School, and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.





National Night Out
Record turnout at annual gathering
National Night Out family
Families throughout the community enjoyed food, festivities and fun at National Night Out.



A record number of residents joined MOMS for it annual National Night Celebration on Aug. 7. Guests celebrated with a potluck picnic, live jazz, kids activities and much more.  The residents of MOMS hosted the event  celebration in their backyards  and in the Play-Yard at 5529 Black St., which was recently refurbished by G-Tech with help from CMU 1000+, Garfield CISP, Junior League & MOMS.    








Nat'l Night Out live music
Local musicians donated their time and talents during at MOMS during National Night Out.