Building Strength Together
In 1991, the Marie C. and Joseph C. Wilson Foundation established Wilson Commencement Park to help low-income, single-parent families transition from public assistance to financial independence. Wilson Commencement Park was conceived as a self-contained community where residents would live up to two years while receiving comprehensive case management and family support services, and working toward a transition to permanent housing.
The community consists of 50 townhouse units, and 18 apartment units in a secure building known as Destiny, and includes on-site daycare, which today is operated by ABC Head Start.
In 2016, Wilson Commencement Park also became an affiliate of PathStone Corporation. With similar missions and the need to streamline organizational operations due to changes in funding at the federal level, Wilson Commencement Park joined forces with Sojourner House, adopting a shared board and shared leadership, and restructuring with shared staff.
Welcome to Sojourner home
In 2018, the organizations announced a new name—Sojourner Home—representing programs and services provided at five locations in the City of Rochester. True to the spirit of the founding of both Sojourner Hall for Women and Wilson Commencement Park, the mission of Sojourner Home is to serve the humanitarian needs of individuals and families who have experienced homelessness, domestic violence, chronic poverty, mental health and substance use disorders, and other sources of trauma, and to help them build the strength and structure they need to lead stable, self-sufficient lives.
Through community partnerships and our affiliation with PathStone Corporation, Sojourner Home currently has programs in five locations: Sojourner Home: The House of Strength; and Sojourner Home at Monica Place, Wilson Commencement Park, Eastman Commons and Eastman Reserve. We offer safe, affordable housing that is program focused, providing intensive case management, life-skills training and youth development programs for families, with the goal of making families—and our community—stronger.