Newsletter | July 2019
And We're Off!
Greetings!

Construction has begun on the new Kirkland Shelter for Women & Families!

A true community collaboration between The Sophia Way, New Bethlehem Project (a program of Catholic Community Services), our local governments, private foundations, corporate and individual funders, our new shelter will be a place of respite and hope for up to ten families of five on the ground floor and 50 women staying with The Sophia Way on the second floor. 

The Sophia Way has successfully raised $924,000 of our $1.3 million goal. We are counting on our supporters like you to help us hit our final target. With special naming opportunities to honor our late founder, Helen Luezzi, you can join Helen’s Hall of Hope for as little as a $1,500 contribution and know that your gift will help thousands of women for years to come. For more information about how to participate in our Building Futures Campaign, please contact Linda Benson .

A huge blessing was bestowed upon The Sophia Way with a significant gift from Grace Lutheran Church. Due to declining participation, Grace Lutheran made the tough decision to sell its property. Turning what most would consider a heartbreaking decision, church members transformed it into an impactful choice—sharing the proceeds of the sale with a number of organizations throughout the community. Having been supportive of The Sophia Way since our inception, Grace Lutheran chose to bestow a significant gift to us, which will shore up our finances and serve as a source of emergency funding in the nonprofit world of ups and downs. Their donation allows us to continue important programs that are sorely underfunded. Read more about this munificent gift of grace in the story below.

Gratitude for our board, staff, volunteers, and financial, meal, and in-kind donors is everlasting—your support allows us to continue to help women overcome homelessness. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

With appreciation,
Alisa Chatinsky
Interim Executive Director
A Gift of Faith
L to R: Karina O'Malley, Gail D'Alessio, and Alisa Chatinsky
It was a moving and very meaningful moment as Gail D'Alessio, on behalf of the Grace Lutheran Church Congregation, presented their gift to Karina O’ Malley, Board Member and Alisa Chatinsky, Interim Executive Director. 

“It was the completion of a difficult experience for us. We've been so grateful to partner with The Sophia Way in ways we could not do alone. People who are homeless on the Eastside has been a major focus for our church for a long time,” shared Gail.

“Please know that Grace Lutheran’s legacy will continue due to your congregation’s thoughtfulness,” Alisa responded.

Thank you, Grace Lutheran Church for your beautiful heart! You have been supporting The Sophia Way and the women we serve from the very beginning of our journey and we are immensely grateful for your devotion to our cause.

We asked Gail to write a short note that we could share with our community.
Thank You to Our Sponsors!
Girls Doing Good
On June 22, we hosted eight very special guests at Sophia’s Place. A group from Girl Scouts of Western Washington volunteered, served dinner to the women in our Night Shelter, and sang some favorite songs for them! They also learned about homelessness and the struggles of women experiencing it. We share a warmly written email from Jill Tracy, Juniors troop leader, about their experience.

Thank You For Caring!
We couldn't do our work without the support of our community of donors and volunteers.
Assistance League of the Eastside put together these beautiful backpacks filled with summer essentials for our women in the Night Shelter.
Symetra employees volunteered during their 11th annual Week of Service , deep cleaning our shelter and unpacking and sorting through many bags of donations.
A Google team organized and cleaned our donation room, and also installed new security cameras, which will help keep our staff and women guests safe.
A team from Farmers Insurance worked hard to make our shelter clean and welcoming for our women.
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
Our Shelter
Sophia’s Place
3032 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
Ph: 425-896-7385
Bus Route: 249
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