Newsletter | November 2019
A New Home For Our Emergency Shelter!

Last winter, a woman died from hypothermia – waiting at the wrong location for shelter.

Thanks to the tzedakah (Hebrew for charitable giving) of Temple B’nai Torah, our Emergency Shelter will be located at the Crossroads neighborhood synagogue until May 31, 2020!

What a relief! What a relief to know the women experiencing homelessness on the Eastside are two moves away from our permanent shelter! Beginning next week, The Sophia Way Emergency Shelter will be housed at Temple B’nai Torah. By late spring we will make our final move to stay with our dear friends at Lakeside Christian Church until the new Kirkland Shelter for Women & Families opens in late summer. This provides critical consistency in our ladies’ lives – so important during the upcoming cold and wet season ahead. 

Hailing from Arizona, I am in awe of the generosity and support from King County’s community of faith—Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus and others—all working together to support those less fortunate. I am appreciative and grateful for the community partnerships, volunteers, friends and supporters who stand by our side to help end homelessness for women. 

This Thanksgiving, our women and many others will be treated to a feast hosted by SeaStar. This annual event reminds us of the generosity of not only the community of faith, but business community as well. Those who stand by our brothers and sisters experiencing homelessness with extraordinary acts of kindness. 

May your Thanksgiving be filled with family, friends, and abundance. 

With sincere gratitude,
Alisa Chatinsky
Interim Executive Director

P.S. Our volunteers are putting together our holiday giving extravaganza to assure every woman has special gifts this holiday season. Gift cards, coats, socks, scarves, make-up, toiletries, etc., are welcome gifts. Please contact Carol Thompson and Alison Dildine to find out how to participate in this rewarding holiday experience. 

The Sophia Way Emergency Shelter

Temple B’nai Torah
15727 NE 4th Street Bellevue, WA 98008
(Bus routes: 226, 245, B line)

November 13, 2019 - May 31, 2020

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Donate a Meal
We serve dinner to 40 women every evening at our Emergency Shelter. Your home-cooked meals nourish them after a long hard day.

Due to and out of respect for the religious requirements of Temple B'nai Torah, pork and shellfish (in any form) are prohibited to be served. 

Thank you for your understanding.

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Please bring the prepared meal to the Temple B'nai Torah in Bellevue between 8 and 8:15 PM.
Dietra Clayton, Director of Client Services and Shelter Programs at our current Emergency Shelter at St. Peter's United Methodist Church
Shelter Needs
Forty women come to the shelter each night seeking a safe place to rest. They are provided a mat, blanket, and served a hot dinner. Apart from giving them these basic needs, we are working to create a more comfortable environment for them to sleep better and wake up refreshed to face the day. 

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Thank You For Caring!
We couldn't do our work without the support of our community
of donors and volunteers.
Microsoft and WAfd Bank volunteers at our shelter on United Way Day of Caring
Microsoft volunteers at St. Peter's UMC on United Way Day of Caring
Assistance League of the Eastside
Volunteers from Microsoft Teams
Volunteers from Symetra
Volunteers from Microsoft C&P Team
Thank you for supporting our mission to end homelessness
for women in our community.
Our Office
The Sophia Way
11061 NE 2nd Street,
Suite 223
Bellevue, WA 98004
Ph: 425-463-6285
Day Center
Sophia’s Place
3032 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
Ph: 425-896-7385
Bus Route: 249
Emergency Shelter
(Until Nov 12)
St. Peter’s United Methodist Church,
17222 NE 8th Street Bellevue, WA 98008
Bus route: 226 and 221
Every night from 8:30 PM to 7:30 AM.