Genetaska Club of Rochester Card Party Luncheon for Sojourner House

The Genetaska Club of Rochester, a charitable organization whose beneficiaries include victims of domestic violence, is holding a Card Party Luncheon for Sojourner House. The event will also feature a raffle and other prizes. It will take place on Wednesday, November 2, at the Midvale Country Club in Penfield.

To attend, please send a $25 donation along with a reservation form to Joan Rall, 637 Apple Grove Circle, Webster, NY 14850.

For more information, please contact Paula Ouriel at (585) 360-4315 or Joan Rall at (585) 872-3527.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Press Release: Goldwell of New York to Host Trend Zoom 5k to Benefit The Coffee Connection and Sojourner House


Gabriele Felter

(419) 455-0729


Goldwell Of New York To Host Trend Zoom 5k To Benefit The Coffee Connection And Sojourner House

Rochester, NY – For more than 35 years, Goldwell of NY has been providing high end beauty products to salons and salon professionals to help women feel beautiful on the outside.  Now they want to help women feel beautiful  on the  inside.

On October 16, 2016 Goldwell will host the first annual Trend Zoom 5k to benefit two local charities that help support women: The Coffee Connection which helps empower women in recovery from addiction and Sojourner House who provide transitional housing for women and their children who oftentimes are fleeing from domestic   violence.

“It is important for successful businesses to give back to their communities, said Gabriele Felter, organizer of the event. “Monetary challenges are a constant worry for non profits like Sojourner House and Coffee Connection. We hope this event will help make a difference.”

The run will be held at Mendon Ponds Park at Hopins Point Lodge. The cost is $30, children 10 and under are FREE. Food and refreshments will also be provided. Anyone interested in participating or to make a donation can sign-up online at

About The Coffee Connection

In 2011 Project Empower assumed management of the Coffee Connection and under the direction of Executive Director, Joy Bergfalk, have been fully engaged in social entrepreneurship in the Rochester Area. Their original location at 621 South Ave was joined  in 2012 by The Greenhouse  Cafe at 2271 East Main   St.

Last year the Coffee Connection was awarded the first-ever Match Stick Prize by Causewave. This year Bergfalk was received Rochester  Women’s Network’s  2016 “W” award in recognition  for her work with women  in  recovery.

Bergfalk has also eceived national recognition for her work when she was awarded the Roslyn S Jaffee award in New York City in  2014.

About Sojourner House at Pathstone

Sojourner House at PathStone serves homeless women and children by providing housing, self-sufficiency skills, and education programs, including afterschool tutoring  and performing  arts classes for kids. When families arrive at  Sojourner House, they are immediately paired with a case manager, who helps them set goals and work through the underlying problems that caused their homelessness, such as mental illness, poverty, addiction, inadequate education, domestic violence, or abuse. We give families the tools they need to be successful, and then offer long-term support so  that they continue to thrive after we place them  in permanent housing.

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RAC for Women Helps Sojourner House at PathStone

Empower the Night Event helps raise $5,310 for the Sojourner House at PathStone

Sojourner House at PathStone is pleased to announce that it will be accepting a check from the Rochester Athletic Club for Women on Friday, August 19, 2016  at 9am. The funds are direct proceeds from the RAC for Women event Empower the Night, which was held on July 22, 2016 at Anthology here in Rochester.

“When 3 instructors from the RAC for Women joked about the idea of hosting a fitness event at a nightclub downtown, they never thought it would actually come to fruition.  In looking for a charity to partner with for the event, they found the Sojourner House at PathStone, a Rochester organization that serves homeless women and children.  It didn’t take them long to realize that their driving purpose was the same; empowering women to lead a healthy and meaningful life.  From that point forward there was no question, it was a perfect partnership” said Julie MacPherson, one of the event organizers.

Over 100 people attended the event, which helped raise $2,655.  Not only was it a huge success, The Daisy Marquis Jones Foundation has opted to match the fundraising efforts dollar for dollar, bringing the total to $5,310.

“For over 30 years Sojourner House has served as the beacon of hope for many in our community, the recent funding cuts have drastically impacted our operating budget.  We are most grateful to the RAC for leading the fundraising effort, the Daisy Marquis Jones Foundation for the matching contribution, and our generous individual and corporate donors,” stated Dr. Seanelle Tracy, Executive Director of Sojourner House at PathStone.

On hand for the check presentation will be representatives from Senator Kristen Gillibrand’s Office, Gloria Hunter, Community Relations Liaison from Senator Rich Funke’s Office; Arleigh Campbell Roselene, Constituent Liaison from Assemblyman Joseph Morelle’s Office; and representation from County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo’s Office.

For more information please contact Dr. Seanelle Tracy, Executive Director, Sojourner House at PathStone.