The SOJO Life. Mechanicsburg

// SoJo Living—Shannon//

Living at the SoJo house has been an incredible blessing.  Before I moved into the house I was unaware of many of the benefits the special interest housing community.  I would highly recommend it to anyone who feels passionate about a particular cause that a house represents.  Right now there are 11 girls in the house and although it seems like a lot of people, it wouldn’t be the same with anyone less!  We have all grown to know each other and work together to benefit our house and cause.  Each of us brings a different personality to the table and it is incredible to see that although we are all unique, we have all grown closer to each other!!  Our house is located conveniently across Bittner Beach and is more than accommodating for everyone.  I feel so blessed to be a part of the SoJo house and have gotten the opportunity to have met so many wonderful girls.  One of my favorite things to do as a house is our family dinners on Sunday nights.  It is a wonderful time to share about our weeks and get to know each other more.  There is never a dull moment in the SoJo house and it’s such a wonderful feeling to know that you have so many sisters in Christ to lean on:)

// The SoJo Life by Abigail Feder//

I am so glad that I stumbled upon the opportunity to live in the Social Justice House this year. My favorite part of living in this house has been living alongside 11 other girls. While all of us joined this house to experience Special Interest Housing and pursue social justice on campus, we didn’t expect to enjoy merely everyday life as much as we do! Our “family” dinners every Sunday are a chance for us to all come together and share a meal. My favorite times, however, have been the unplanned movies and Saturday afternoons we spend together. Many days, l come home from running around campus and see many of my housemates sitting working on homework in the living room. Coming home to a community of girls that support each other, share each others’ joy, and take part in each others’ struggles is what makes living in the SoJo House truly great. 

// Who we are!//

The SoJo is a newly reformed Special Interest House at Messiah College…if you’re reading this you probably already know that. Currently there are 11 women living in the old president’s house, and former Reconciliation House (sorry guys!). Upon moving in only a few of the women knew each other, but we all were bonded by our love for human beings and desire for social justice.

Because of the recent transition from a small home off campus to a much larger place with all new inhabitants the SoJo house has spent a lot of time trying to create a community and image. We have dinner (or try to) every Sunday night as a house, plan events like The Dollar Party and do our best to personally pursue justice in our everyday lives. We take pride in the fact that we have communally created an open and safe environment for everyone on campus. We’re big on hospitality and ensuring that people feel like they belong.

In the future we plan on further pursuing issues of social justice as well as providing a space for individuals or groups with ideas to pursue social justice. There’s probably a lot more I could say, but that covers the basics! Keep following us for more updates and announcements!

// SOJO by Lauren Fisher//

Living in the SoJo House been an incredible experience and definitely changed my time at Messiah for the better! While the idea of living in a house with 12 girls may sound a bit crazy, we have formed an amazing, tight-knit community that I now don’t know what I would do without. Living with people in a house who have a common faith and passions is an awesome experience that differs greatly from dorm life. We share meals together every Sunday night and congregate daily in our living room to do homework and share life together. It’s great to wake up in the morning and see my housemate’s smiling faces wishing me a great day! I also love having 11 other girls to talk to and fellowship with daily. The Special Interest Community is an amazing one to be a part of and I am so thankful that I had the opportunity! J

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. -Margaret Mead