(330) 747-4040

24-Hour Crisis Phone Line




Sojourner House Domestic Violence Services’ mission

is to provide a comprehensive program of crisis intervention,

education, advocacy and shelter for victims of domestic violence

in Mahoning County.

Sojourner House Domestic Violence Program provides a comprehensive program of crisis intervention, counseling, judicial advocacy and shelter for victims of domestic violence in Mahoning County.  Sojourner House has been in operation since September 19, 1991.  Since that time, thousands of women and children have received emergency shelter, meals and counseling. Sojourner provides short-term refuge, allowing battered women a chance to think calmly and examine their options without pressure or fear.

Sojourner House is operated by Compass Family and Community Services an Ohio-based, charitable, nonprofit organization. Compass Family & Community Services is the result of the consolidation of Burdman Group Inc. and Family Service Agency.  Burdman was a private, not-for-profit agency in existence since 1970 and Family Service Agency’s roots trace back to 1908.  The newly formed COMPASS has more than 142 years of combined service to the residents of the Mahoning Valley.


Services of Sojourner House:


  • Shelter - Safe, temporary housing for abused women and their children in a home-like atmosphere.
  • Crisis Line - 24-hour telephone line, information and referral.
  • Advocacy / Case Management - Information about legal, financial, medical, vocational and housing needs.
  • Safety, education, awareness and recreational activities for parent and children
  • Community Education - Public speaking and in-service training for organizations, clubs, schools and churches.
  • Sojourner House is a safe, confidentially located home for women and their children to stay while they are trying to escape an abusive environment. In addition to offering food and lodging, the shelter provides the women an opportunity to initiate solutions to problems they are experiencing and make positive changes in their lives.

Program Director: Malinda Gavins, LSW, M.Ed.
E-mail: mgavins@compassfamily.org

Sojourner House

P.O. Box 5694
Youngstown, OH 44504
(330) 747-4040 Phone
(330) 480-4382 Fax




See below to check out last year's awesome Sojourner event -- it was certainly was one tasty dance party too!

The first annual Chocolate, Wine, Dine & Groove event was nothing short of a smashing success! This party had over 400 in attendance, AMAZING food by Ottavio of Station Square, the Ovation Band, fine wines, craft beers, and eight chocolate vendors including: Doris' Delights, Kerchak's Homemade Goodies, Gorant's Yum Yum Tree Austintown, Handel's, Jimmy's Italian Specialties, Rulli Brothers, Touch the Moon Candy Saloon and Gift Baskets for All Occasions. Guests ate, drank, ate, danced, ate…. and won fabulous prizes in our Chinese Auction (including a 60” flat screen LED TV!).










Thanks as always to  our title sponsor, who we could not do this without!




Annual Candlelight Vigil

Sojourner House Domestic Violence Program held its annual Vigil on October 7th . The theme for 2013 was "Out of the darkness and Into the Light.” It was depicted by a reenactment of a woman and her children fleeing abuse with only the clothes on their backs and a few belongings in a child’s wagon. This was a true account of one of our victim’s escape from violence.


As always, the Vigil featured statements by survivors of domestic violence. These first-hand accounts of abuse and triumph over adversity were awe inspiring. We were also honored with guest speaker Bridget Mahoney, a former Youngstown anchor woman who had to abruptly leave town many years ago due to domestic violence and now works to help others.


Lastly the crowd was entertained with an amazing, inspirational dance by Tasha Spencer, a Valley Baptist Church Praise Dancer and a beautiful melody sung by vocalist Tami Franklin.














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OUR MISSION - The agency is dedicated to providing services that will empower, enhance and strengthen individuals and families of the Mahoning Valley through an array of services that respond to the changing needs of the community.

Compass Family & Community Services receives partial funding from the Mahoning County Mental Health Board, Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board and the Youngstown / Mahoning Valley United Way   
This website © 2012 Compass Family & Community Services.