Consider This
In 2015, I had settled in Bothell/Kirkland area because it was one of the few places I could afford and still have a reasonable commute to my work in downtown Bellevue. Thankfully, my rent had only increased by a small amount in those three years. But, now, as I searched for a house (because my landlord needed to move back into his house that I was renting from him) I realized that in the three years that I have been living in the north Kirkland area (as a single parent employed in an executive position of a nonprofit) I had been priced out of the rental market.

Angela Murray, Executive Director of The Sophia Way, shares her story of her search for housing to illustrate the current rental market and environment from a personal perspective.

We Need More Affordable Housing
Five Eastside organizations – Attain Housing, Congregations for the Homeless, Imagine Housing, LifeWire and The Sophia Way – organized a discussion on May 17 on “The Difference a Home Makes: A dialogue about homelessness and housing on the Eastside.” The event was hosted by First Congregational Church in Bellevue.

The evening focused first, on the myths surrounding homelessness and the data that contradicts some of these harmful beliefs; and second, on the real stories of the case managers and their clients who had experienced homelessness. The stories shared were heard by an attentive audience and proved impactful. Of those who responded to an after-event survey, 70% reported that their understanding of the housing crisis had changed as a result.

Thank You for Helping Women RiSE!
A big thank you to our supporters and champions for giving from the heart and supporting RiSE! Your gift will enable more women to move into housing.

Thank you to our sponsors The Home Project from Zillow, Christine & Mike Miles and Barbara Wells Kenney. Thank you Victor Janusz for the music, Ravishing Radish for the delicious food and Allure Photo by Vamshidar Rawal for capturing the evening so beautifully at Resonance at SOMA Towers!

On The Job With Melissa Peoples
“My engagement with the women is what motivates me to do the work I do.”

Melissa is the Night Shelter Manager at Sophia’s Place. The program, called The Sophia Way Night Shelter Program, is 21-bed shelter program that resides at St Luke’s Lutheran Church in Bellevue. 

Our Eastside Emergency Shelter is Now Open!
St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 17222 NE 8th St. Bellevue, WA 98008 (at the corner of NE 8 St, and 172nd Ave NE). 8:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m., every night.

We provide sleeping mats and blankets, hot dinner and cold breakfast, bus tickets, and referrals for housing and resources to single adult women.
For more information, call Cynthia Brown, Director of Emergency Services at The Sophia Way at (425) 463-6254.

If you would like to donate meals for the women at the shelter please click here 

Making Mother's Day Special!
Thank you to our supporters who made Mother’s Day special for our women at Sophia’s Place.

A donor brought “summer” gift bags for each woman, filled with goodies, especially for the summer months.

BAWSE Movement brought cheer with their Mother’s Day Dinner. The evening was made more special with the presence of Seahawks, Rees Odhiambo, who graciously served the meal.

Two Men And A Truck brought a truckload of donations!

Shout Out To Symetra Volunteers!
The Symetra Week of Service (SWoS) team had another terrific volunteer experience at The Sophia Way on June 12. Volunteer teams helped prepare for the reopening of the Eastside Emergency Shelter for women by laundering bedding and conducting a deep clean of the facility at the shelter.

This year Symetra celebrates the 10th anniversary of Symetra Week of Service. “As a company, Symetra is committed to making a positive impact in our communities. As individuals, our employees are empowered to give back to the causes and organizations that matter to them personally through hands on service opportunities like this much-anticipated annual program,” said Margaret Meister, CEO.
Conference Musing
Cynthia Brown, Director of Emergency Services and Alexis Harden, Director of Client Services and Shelter had the opportunity to engage in conversations with the community at the 2018 Annual Conference on Ending Homelessness in Yakima on May 22-23.

They share their views and learnings from the conference.

Upcoming Events
Volunteer Appreciation Picnic
July 12, 5:00pm - 7:00pm :
Volunteer Appreciation Picnic at Crossroads Park, Bellevue.

Whether you're a long-time, regular volunteer, an occasional volunteer, or interested in volunteering in the future, we appreciate you! Join us for an evening of sunshine, food, and fun!

More details coming soon.
Movie Night
August 28, 7:00pm :
Downtown Movies in the Park at Downtown Park, Bellevue.
Join The Sophia Way for a fun and family-friendly outdoor showing of  Ghostbusters. We will be serving the free popcorn!
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