January 2019
Happy 2019!
For us at The Sophia Way, 2019 will be a year of building and reaching out to even more women experiencing homelessness.

In spring, we will be breaking ground in Kirkland to begin building a permanent emergency shelter for women, and for families with children. The two-story building will have almost 100 beds, and eventually, we will be serving people 24/7/365 since we know a housing crisis can happen at any time. In partnership with Catholic Community Services (CCS) and New Bethlehem Project (a program of CCS, which will serve the families), we have secured all of our public funding that will go towards this $9 million project, and it is your support that helped The Sophia Way reach 80% of our capital campaign goal. When we open doors in summer 2020, women will not only have access to a safe place to rest, eat and shower, but be assigned a housing case manager and get connected to other providers for foundation-building services, such as housing, counseling, employment, and healthcare.

Also, thanks to further funding from King County, I’m pleased to announce an expansion of our outreach services with the addition of a vehicle outreach specialist to join our outreach housing navigator. The 2018 One Night Count showed a 46% increase over 2017 of people living in their cars, RVs, and vans. The new vehicle outreach position will target areas where people are living in their vehicles for survival and connect them to life-saving resources such as rental assistance, coverage of move-in costs, and housing application fees as well as referrals to mental and behavioral health care providers, employment specialists, counseling, and basic healthcare.

We have much to look forward to in this New Year, and with your help, we will continue to get our King County neighbors into something as basic and beautiful as HOUSING.

Warm Wishes,
Angela Murray
Executive Director
Look How Beautiful My Apartment Is!
Telling women that they finally have their own place is one of the things that our case mangers look forward to the most! The last few weeks of December were happy days for some of the women we serve, as they moved into housing.

“Look how beautiful my apartment is!”  R was thrilled when she got a subsidy that enabled her to afford to rent her own place. 

Staying at Sophia's Place gave Y the stability she needed to help her with her job search. She now has a job in Seattle and was able to get a tax-credit apartment.

You Made Holidays Happy!
"Thank you to all our donors. You've made a cold, unhappy Christmas into one I’ll never forget. The gifts and well wishes have made this of the best holiday seasons I've ever had. Thank you to The Sophia Way for everything they've done for me." ~ Kerry Wolf

THANK YOU to our donors for giving from your heart, and to volunteers and staff for their time and all the hard work they put in to make the holidays happy for the women we serve!

Cooking In Community
Every day, we serve nearly 40 breakfasts, 40 lunches, and 21 dinners at Sophia’s Place, and 40 dinners at our Emergency Shelter. These meals are prepped, cooked, and donated by our generous “meal donors” some of whom have been doing this for nearly a decade! We are immensely grateful to them for providing these vital and nutritious meals, given that for many of the women, this will be their only source of food.

As the number of women coming to our shelters is increasing, we are reaching out to you for more support. To help you get started, we organized some meet-ups to share and learn how you can make meal donations to The Sophia Way.

Thank You!
Thank You, United Way King County for your funding of $81,000 for Sophia’s Place 21-bed shelter program. We are grateful for your financial support of our mission to help women experiencing homelessness.
10 Years: A Few Milestones
As we celebrate 10 years of serving and supporting women experiencing homelessness, we'd like to share a few milestones.

December 8, 2008 – The Sophia Way opened the doors to its shelter at Bellevue First Congregational Church with eight mats on the floor.
May 2009 – A first! Carol, a client, moves into her own apartment.
April 2011 – Holly House opens to provide space for six women to live in community.
November 2012 – The shelter moves to Sophia’s Place in the newly-renovated basement of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Bellevue. This move allowed for cubicles for 21 women each night.
December 2012 – The Sophia Way becomes an independent organization with its own 501(c)(3) status.
January 2016 – A new 24/7/365 shelter for adult women, and families in Kirkland begins to take shape through the remarkable collaborative effort of “Eastside CARES” (organizations, communities, and local governments).
August 2016 – The Sophia Way gets involved in King County’s “Coordinated Entry for All” initiative.
March 2016 – The Sophia Way adopts the Housing First Approach
January 2017 – The Day Center is now open on weekends too.
October 2018 – All public funding secured for the new 24/7/365 shelter for adult women and families in Kirkland.

"I have been in The Sophia Way day center for a week. In that short time the women here have helped me. I am currently waiting to be accepted into the Night Shelter Program. This has been a blessing in choice. The resources here have been great. The gifts and everyday things they give me is very gratefully appreciated." ~ Luola Pugh
Thank you for supporting our mission to help single adult women experiencing homelessness in King County move into housing.
Our Office
The Sophia Way
11061 NE 2nd Street, Suite 223
Bellevue, WA 98004
Ph: 425-463-6285
Fax: 425-455-8607
Our Shelter
Sophia’s Place
3032 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
Ph: 425-896-7385
Bus Route: 249