Sojourner House Transitional Living facility for women is continuing to provide tools to help women rise to a new level of living. With another graduation ceremony held on Tuesday, Carmen Josey, executive director of Sojourner House, said the endeavor to purchase more property to do more.
The Sojourner House is a 501C3 non profit, seven-bed Transitional house for Homeless women released from jail or prison. Josey, said they seek open what they are calling a ‘Sober House,’ for women who do not have the 16th Street Apartments as an option for residential living.
“We recently put a down payment on a piece of property located at 1229 Hutchins Street here in Portsmouth at a Sheriff’s sale,” Josey said. “However, we still have $8,300 more to go, and only have a few more days to come up with the balance to purchase the property. Our goal is to purchase this piece of property so that we can make it into a Sober House for women that do not have options such as Portsmouth Metropolitan Housing, or the 16th Street apartments, because they have felonies.”
Josey said they must come up with the balance of $8,300 within the month of October, or they will lose the house and the deposit.
Linda Dotson participated in the graduation ceremony held at Sojourner House on Tuesday. She said the program not only helped her turn her life around, but in essence, rescued it from drug addiction and despair.
“This program has saved my life, and I am grateful for it. I am going to race into my new apartment, and I am going to do the right thing,” Dotson said. “I looking forward to working and living in my new apartment, and moving my life forward.”
Josey said the Sober House would be the most affordable option for women.
“What we would like to do is take the Sober House and make it available to women who struggle with felonies, and cannot afford to pay $600 a month for rent, and $500 for utilities by themselves because they are working part-time, and or at minimum wage,” Josey said. “They will split the expenses at the Sober House, and will be the cheapest solution for the women, while they work on being able to function on their own, in their own place.”
Help from the community to purchase the 1229 Hutchins Street property is greatly needed, Josey said.
“We really need the community to come together to help us,” Josey said. At Sojourner House, we want to continue help women in our community, and that come into our community struggling to turn their lives around from drug addiction. I, personally, have used of every dime that I have, putting everything that I have into this program and trying to help with these women who have dire needs. So we are just asking the community to help by donating online, or taking their donation to Desco Credit Union in downtown Portsmouth to Sober House-Sojourner House.”
Donations may be made online at: www.gofundme.com/2qtdm9wCredit , or taken directly to DescoFederal Credit Union, 414 Washington Street in downtown Portsmouth.
Reach Portia Williams at 740-464-3862, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.
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