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Sojourner Center offers abused women a way out

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The Sojourner Center in Phoenix offers abused women and their children a way out and a safe place to stay.

“If there’s a woman out there with her children that don’t have emergency shelter, or family support, they can come to our crisis shelter,” Sojourner Center Executive Director Dr. Maria Garay told News/Talk 92.3 KTAR’s Mac & Gaydos.

The center, one of the largest in the nation, said it helps women by offering immediate shelter or helping them to come up with a plan to leave an abusive partner.

But that’s not all.

“We will take care of your little ones,” said Garay, adding that the shelter boasts a child development center.

The center is also equipped with a clinic to help women get treatment.

“We have full case management we also have a beautiful clinic on site,” Garay said. “We will help you identify those health issues which is also a manner of abusive control of the family by neglecting medical care for them.”

The facility also offers mental health care.

Women are allowed to stay in the shelter for up to 120 days. For those who still don’t have somewhere to go, the center owns condominium-style homes where women can stay for up to two years.

Women in need of help can call the center’s crisis hotline 24 hours a day at (888) 886-9793.

For more information about the Sojourner Center, go to

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