Sojourner Project, Inc.

Mission Statement

Sojourner provides safe shelter for women and children, advocacy and education for individuals and communities victimized by domestic violence. Advocacy, information and support are also provided to victims of sexual assault and dating violence. Sojourner's ultimate purpose is increased safety for victims and the communities in which they live. Community outreach services offer education and information presentations to help increase community safety and reduce the potential for future victims and abusers.

Contact Information

Box 272
Hopkins, MN 55343
952 -933 - 7433

General Information

Alternative Name
Principal Staff
Helen Chargo
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE)
16.25 FTE's
89 individual and 47 groups from community organizations and businesses
Number of Clients
Approximately 1400 adults and their children plus 1900 crisis callers victimized by domestic violence.


Board Chair
Deidre Belk
Number of Board Members
Board Meetings with Quorum
Average Member Attendance

Impact and Programs

Responded to over 2,250 crisis line callers; Provided emergency shelter for 426 women and children; Provided legal advocacy for 950 women and men, impacting over 400 children; 50 individuals benefitted from therapy services Benefitted from 8, 317 hours of volunteer service; Increased community education presentations by 38% reaching over 5000 people
Current Goals
1. Meet the immediate needs of victims for safety, shelter, food, clothing and support 2. Encourage survivor independence and self-sufficiency 3. Promote prevention of domestic violence through education and training 4. impact public policy and practices affecting battered and abused women and children
Community or Constituency Served
The populations primarily served by Sojourner are those individuals victimized by domestic violence and abuse that may experience one or more of the following: physical and/or sexual assault, economic deprivation, and emotional or psychological abuse including threats, intimidation, and stalking. Many of our clients are found among traditionally underserved populations. They represent all genders, ethnicities, faiths, races, ages, economic status, differing abilities, sexual preferences, and immigrant populations with additional burdens of cultural and language barriers. With an ADA accessible facility, our aim is to maintain an environment where residents can feel safe and welcome. In July, 2015, Sojourner began to offer advocate support services to those victimized by sexual assault.
Geographic Area Served
The shelter serves women and children throughout the metro region, and if needed, throughout the State. Sojourner’s Community Legal Advocacy Program works with 8 police departments and is the only comprehensive, no-cost resource available to domestic violence victims in 16 communities in SW. Hennepin County: Golden Valley, Hopkins, Minnetonka, Wayzata, Deephaven, Excelsior, Shorewood, Greenwood, Tonka Bay, Orono, Mound, Long Lake, Spring Park, Minnetonka Beach, Minnetrista, St. Bonifacious


3 Year Average Expenses
Program Services $925,399 88%
Management $95,466 9.1%
Fundraising $30,261 2.9%
Unrestricted Net Assets
2015 2014 2013
End of Year: $2,330,755 $2,318,923 $2,201,206
Beginning of Year: $2,318,923 $2,201,206 $2,085,420
Difference: $11,832 $117,717 $115,786

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