Sojourner Truth Ministries, Inc. is a dynamic, Christ-based ministry in Williamsport catering to the neighboring community who participate in our soup kitchen (serving over 20,000 hearty lunches annually), Bible studies, working with women coming out of homelessness and seeking the life-giving healing of Jesus Christ.
We are open 6 days per week, Monday-Saturday and host :group work days, Saturday Dinner Church, participants from local special needs and abilities programs, church groups, and court ordered community service hours. We do trainings for mentors, awareness workshops around challenges of homelessness and poverty, and work to connect with a myriad of the volunteers it takes to run the ministry and continue to reach out.
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We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to be a loving, spiritual, and inclusive Christian mission and we loves all people, creates community, builds character, and equips us to be faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.
Thank you for visiting our website and learning more about our cause.
For more info please call:
Pastor Angelique, office 570-323-1797 cell 610-428-5721
There are warm tones of yellow paint being applied by men on scaffolding. Students and their instructors from the Pennsylvania College of Technology are aiding in repairing electrical problems.
The windows are being replaced to allow the sunlight to illuminate the stained glass works depicting Jesus praying.
“Happy spring! It’s happening…” said Pastor Angelique Labadie-Cihanowyz watching as the transformation of the interior of the nonprofit organization’s headquarters at 501 High St. took place before her eyes this week.
“Thanks to a grant from Plankenhorn Foundation, our sanctuary/multipurpose room is getting a needed update,” she said, as skilled laborers with Hamm Improvements and Pennsylvania College of Technology Electrical Department, its apprentice students and seasoned instructors offered their time for only the cost of materials for the lighting.
For the Rev. C. Angelique Labadie-Cihanowyz executive director of Sojourner Truth Ministries, the United Way has helped with more than just the ministry’s feeding program.
“Our feeding program goes into everything else that we do. I’ve also been able to call with professional questions and teambuilding questions and board questions and things like that,”.
“I truly feel like they are a partner with us and it’s not limited to finances. As we share in victories or stories of things that have happened directly as a result of the United Way, then it’s the impact that we have in the lives of individuals in our community,".
PAstor Angelique shared the story of a man who had moved to the area to help care for grandchildren following the death of a family member.
“Four to five times a week he has brought the grandchildren so that they can see positive role models and so not only does the family get fed physically…so we give them regular food but then they get all kinds of “soul food,”.
“I think it’s really important to be a part of supporting the United Way because it doesn’t just go to necessarily the things you might think like the high profile organizations which are great, but also lie the little people that might otherwise fall through the cracks,”.
“And United Way seems to, through the support of many, just spreads the wealth kind of and also with that…they spread their support,”.
“Partnerships are really an important part of our community,” said Ron Frick, executive director of the Lycoming County United Way.
We had a visit from State Representative Joe Hamm and his Chief of Staff, Eric. After touring the House of Hope they served and spoke with the sojourners, volunteers and staff. Thank you both!
Not only have we received Wows and multiple compliments, even thanks for the new brightness of the sanctuary community room, but we can safely open the windows to let in fresh air.
Some have said the room feels more open, and more peaceful.
Having access to fresh air through all windows has been WONDERFUL!
It feels safer to be able to look out the window to see who is there or what activities are going on.
Without the grant from you, this would not have been possible.
We also look forward to the efficiency of the windows as the cold season approaches.
Funds from this grant will be used toward the renovation of a newly purchased duplex. One half will be utilized by participants of Sojourner Truth Ministries- House of Hope Transitional Housing Program. Participants will be able to utilize the space provided by the duplex as a bridge between the structured and supervised environment of the House of Hope to independent living in the community.
“We are extremely grateful to the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania for their generous support. This grant will expedite the needed renovations to the House of Hope bridge duplex,” said Rev. Angelique Labadie-Cihanowyz, executive director of Sojourner Truth Ministries. “We are excited that upon completion of the needed renovations we will be able to offer House of Hope participants the opportunity to grow in their independence and further their financial literacy and life skills.”
The foundation works to improve the quality of life in north central Pennsylvania through community leadership, the promotion of philanthropy, the strengthening of nonprofit impact and the perpetual stewardship of charitable assets. FCFP strives to create powerful communities through passionate giving. For more information visit www.FCFPartnership.org.
About Sojourner Truth Ministries House of Hope
The House of Hope extends the transforming, healing love and Truth of Jesus Christ to residents who are coming out of homelessness. The program includes spiritual curriculum, multiple life skills including budgeting, work readiness or improvement, and mentoring through healthy, holistic living. We seek to empower women to develop a plan and transition into community, sustainability, and autonomy.
Learn more at www.stmwilliamsport.org/house-of-hope