Newsletter | September 2019
You Are Invited!

Tuesday, August 20 was a busy and banner day for The Sophia Way, as we reopened our Emergency Shelter, hosted (until October 15) by St. Peter’s United Methodist Church in Bellevue. As the sun started to set, women began lining up. 

Dietra Clayton, who recently was promoted to Director of Client Services & Shelter Programs, implemented significant changes that immediately lightened the spirits of our guests. Balloons, flowers, and smiling faces welcomed our guests. Now, the women enter through the front door, where previously they had to line up at a side entrance. Previously, they were responsible for pulling out their own sleeping mats, which can be difficult for many. Now, sleeping mats are arranged prior to our guests’ arrival. Currently, we have nearly 40 women coming to shelter for a hot meal and safe place to sleep and expect our numbers to rise as the season changes. 

The women experiencing homelessness on the Eastside are diverse—more than one-third of those we serve are over the age of 55! We see White, Black, Hispanic, Asian, Indian clients who become homeless for a plethora of reasons – job loss, eviction, accident or illness, domestic violence, substance abuse, and more. Every woman has a unique story with unique needs—it is up to our committed frontline staff to assist her determine what change she wants and how to go about making those changes to stabilize and transform with the ultimate goal of finding a permanent home. 

You can help us make a difference. Here are five ways to contribute—
1) Donate a shelter meal 
2) Attend Our Way Home luncheon on Tuesday, October 15 
3) Volunteer – individually or as a group 
4) Purchase much-needed items for the shelter 
5) Make a financial gift 

We continue to be honored and humbled by our community’s generosity. We thank each one of you for helping us end homelessness for women.

With gratitude,
Alisa Chatinsky
Interim Executive Director
Homelessness Is a Growing Crisis
What’s causing the homelessness crisis? Before diving into this question, it’s critical to dispel the misconception that people experiencing homelessness are addicts, lazy, or homeless by choice. These myths hardly reflect reality. It is a multitude of factors – personal and external – that push a person out to the margins of our society.

A blog by Sara Cho, a summer intern at The Sophia Way.
A blog by Jess Bermudes, Vehicle Outreach and Housing Navigation Specialist for The Sophia Way.
Reaching Out
Every week, I meet new people who park their home at churches and grocery store parking lots, college campuses, and neighborhood spaces. In the short time that I have been doing this work, I have met some inspirational and amazing people. People who painted a different picture from what we expect to see as someone experiencing homelessness.

Home-cooked Meals
"The joy of seeing the women smile because of something you’ve done is the greatest gift!"

A group of employees from Tata Consultancy Service have been cooking once a month and bringing a meal to the shelter.

Read their story
Join us at our benefit luncheon to support women experiencing homelessness.
There's no cost to attend.
October 15 at Hyatt Regency, Bellevue
Registration: 11 - 11:50 AM | Program: Noon - 1 PM
Thank You To Our Generous Sponsors
Thank You For Caring!
We couldn't do our work without the support of our community
of donors and volunteers.
Saleforce volunteer team
Columbia Bank volunteer team
Thank you for making our shelter sparkle!
USI Insurance Services volunteer team
Expedia volunteer team
Thank you for cleaning up the yard at Holly House!
Thank you for supporting our mission to help 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
Day Center
Sophia’s Place
3032 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
Ph: 425-896-7385
Bus Route: 249
Emergency Shelter
(August 20 - October 15)
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.