Challenging times like these demand new levels of flexibility and adaptability. Sojourner advocates are practiced in working through adversity and are committed to increasing the safety of our clients. We are deeply concerned about the depths of isolation and danger for many of our clients and are thinking creatively in our outreach.
Sojourner Shelter remains open, while implementing staff scheduling adjustments and intensified cleaning and PPE practices. Our crisis line is still answered 24/7 for danger assessments, safety counseling and referrals to resources.
Community-based advocates are providing safety planning and resource connection via tele-advocacy. We are sharing virtual support group materials, assisting with orders for protection and attending court both in person and via zoom.
Our community education staff has created distance learning programming for our youth personal safety program, SafeU. We have increased our focus on online community education efforts via Instagram and Facebook. Outreach staff are participating in community collaboratives via video conferencing and connecting with generous community supporters, whenever possible.
Know someone who is currently experiencing domestic or sexual violence? Call our 24/7 crisis line for support at 952-933-7422. You can also use this resource from one of our sister agencies for specific safety planning during COVID-19.