(330) 747-4040
24-Hour Crisis Phone Line
Sebring Office: (330) 938-2253


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



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Annual Candlelight Vigil

Sojourner House Domestic Violence Program held its annual candlelight vigil on Monday, October 4th at First Presbyterian Church in Youngstown.  This year’s theme was “Voices From the Heart” and featured statements by survivors of domestic violence as well as stories of those who lost their lives.


Reverend Lewis Macklin was the guest speaker and he very candidly addressed domestic violence and its effect on the family.  Elegant dancers from the Ballet Western Reserve concluded the event with an uplifting performance.  It was a profound and moving experience that ensured we not forget those who are in throws of escaping abuse and those who have lost their lives to it.





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.