Help us reach our year end goal to raise the funds that will give women a safe space to sleep, access to life saving resources and ultimately a place to call HOME.  Together we can nourish, strengthen and change the lives of so many women who are mothers, grandmothers, daughters, sisters . . .with your help today, they won't be left outside. 




New Volunteer Opportunities this January

With our new weekend Day Center hours, we have new opportunities to come volunteer! Volunteers are absolutely essential to keeping our Day Center running smoothly so staff can focus their time and energy on meeting clients' needs. We currently have openings on Wednesdays and Saturdays, though we would love a few additional volunteers on other days or as substitutes for regularly scheduled volunteers! 
Please email Tara at volunteer@sophiaway.org if you are interested. An orientation is required and they are held on the first Tuesday of each month from 4:00 to approximately 5:30 pm at our Day Center.
We are also holding a training workshop for our Companion Program on Saturday, January 21st from 9:00 am to noon at St. Luke's Lutheran Church (upstairs from our Sophia's Place shelter.) Click here to learn more or register.
While both of these trainings are open to anyone, these volunteer opportunities are only open to women to ensure the safety and comfort of our clients.
Nothing we do would be possible without our many wonderful volunteers! Thank you! 

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at the Day Center

We are super happy to let you know that our Day Center was open for the first time ever on a weekend. Women had a warm and safe place to spend their Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Thanks to you, they got presents too! 

You helped us serve 29 women on Christmas Eve and  40 women on Christmas Day at the Day Center.

One client shared that she was most grateful for the scarves, gloves, and flashlights of the gifts she received. She stated that scarves, gloves, umbrellas, etc. are useful items that help her get through the day. Clients also received mugs, cosmetics, gift cards, and toiletries.

On Christmas Eve, the first Day Center client to arrive showed-up right at  8 a.m. She stated, "As you can see, I'm here early. It's because I don't have anywhere to go today. Thank you for being open."

Thank you for giving the gift of dignity, hope, happiness and respect.
Holiday Gift Giving Initiative 2016 
- Pat Landy's note 
Under the guidance of Program Director Karie Stearns and the mentorship of Alison Dildine, former coordinator of the Holiday Initiative for The Sophia Way for many years, I accepted the position of this year's Holiday Initiative Coordinator. 
 
We set a goal to provide clients at the Day Center, Night Shelter, Holly House, Winter Shelter and those in independent housing with gift items and a gift card. With space limited at TSW offices, into my home came boxes and boxes of items donated by so many individual donors, companies, and organizations. It was astounding!  What began as a spreadsheet documented donor list from years past and a "to do" list of discrete tasks, by early November my job as coordinator turned into a commitment to the 125+ clients of The Sophia Way to brighten a day, comfort a soul, warm a body, and share the compassionate, selfless joy of giving demonstrated by all our donors. 

Over a short period of about six weeks, donors from previous years and new donors brought, for example, emergency first aid packets, care packages and toiletries of all sorts, hand knit scarves and hats, oodles of socks and gloves, and hand warmers a plenty. Donations of items that may be termed luxuries - cosmetics, jewelry and decorative mug sets - arrived, too. And the gift cards arrived from all over so that each client received a $25 gift card to purchase a particular item of need, food for a meal or a cup of coffee and rest for a couple of hours.  

With the help of volunteers and members of the Eastside Assistance League, numerous items were placed in reusable, decorative grocery bags and delivered to our independent housing clients by a group of men from St. Madeleine Sophie Church who have been our delivery "elves" for a number of years.  Boxes of items were delivered to our shelter clients so that they could select gifts that they needed and desired.  

It was truly a privilege to take on the job as volunteer coordinator of the Holiday Initiative.  I met so many wonderful people this year and I already look forward to working with them again next year- people who have supported The Sophia Way over the years in so many ways and people who are new to the organization and who we hope will become partners in ending homelessness.  

Together donors and volunteers and staff comprised a team of compassionate giving people that brought joy to so many this holiday season.  

My sincere thanks to you all and heartfelt wishes for a very Happy and Healthy New Year!  

-Pat Landy, Holiday Gifts Coordiantor
Beverly got into her own home! 
 
This year, you have helped us place 22 women in stable and permanent housing. We are ending the year with a high note of Gratitude. 

Beverly has been associated with us for the last 2 years. She moved from our 6 month shelter program into our transitional home (Holly House) a year and a half back. She got her own apartment near the Sea Tac airport. She could have moved in on Dec 1st but she wanted to spend the Holiday season with her friends at Holly House. So she waited one whole month and moved just a few days ago. Such is the sense of community that is formed among the ladies. 

"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

Holiday support we  received

We are so blessed to work in such a generous community! There are numerous community volunteers and groups who have donated supplies to make this holiday season a great one for our clients.

Thanks to all our December support organizations: 

a) Assistance League of the Eastside - Organized a Holiday Party at Holly House, donated PJ's to our clients and helped wrap all the gifts. 

b) St. James Espresso - organized a donation drive 

c) City of Bellevue - donated gift cards 

d)
St. Madeleine Sophie Church
 - donated gift cards

e) St. Andrews Lutheran Church - donated gift cards

f) Master Builders  - Prepared 91 Hospitality Kits for our clients in beautiful stockings 

g) National Charity League - Decorated the shelter, donated gift cards with handwritten notes and care packages. 

h) St Louise, Bellevue - donated gift cards and socks

i) Neiman Marcus - donated gift cards 

j) Amazon Campus and Student Teams - prepared and donated hygiene kits  

k) AAA Soap for Hope - donated 13 boxes of essential toiletries 

l) Eastshore Unitarian Church - donated winter wear, came for a shelter tour and did a collection for the women. 

m) Eating Recovery Center - donated gift cards 

n) Bellevue Foursquare Church - donated flashlights with batteries 

o) Forest Ridge Giving Tree - donated toiletries and gift cards 

p) Cooley LLP, - donated gift cards 

q) Eastside Quilters - donated personal hygiene products 

r) Pink Panters - donated gift cards with hand written notes. 

s) Peterson Russell Kelly Law firm - donated gift cards 

t) New Seasons Market - donated reusable grocery bags  

u) Cross of Christ Lutheran Church - donated gift cards 

And many more!

We are here because of you. Thank you for your ongoing partnership. 
Meals

The Sophia Way provides breakfast, lunch, and dinner to the women at Sophia's Place and dinner at the Emergency Winter Shelter. We depend on the generosity of our volunteers to provide these meals.
Due to building codes, meals cannot be cooked at Sophia's Place. We therefore ask you to bring a prepared meal; we have ovens and dishes can be warmed/reheated and served. We also provide bowls, serving spoons, and other serving essentials at the shelter.

Cooking meals for a large group could be daunting for one person, but it's a great way to get together with friends and family, have some fun, and help give our women a nourishing meal. Many of our women have diabetes or other health challenges, so we try to give them healthy meals.

You and/or your group can stay and serve the meal, or just drop it off - it's entirely up to you. 

You can also sign up to do this once a month, make it a regular event, or just do it once in a while!