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April  2016
Message from the ED

In the Executive Director's world, April means the beginning of the 2 nd  quarter of our budget year. Where does time go?  
April has been beautiful with the weather and fresh blooms, but for nonprofits the second quarter can also be a desert. It's one of the most challenging times of the year in terms of the level of individual giving. The Sophia Way thrives because of our individual donors. Indeed in 2015, 56% of our funding for the entire organization came from our faithful supporters-individuals, foundations and our faith based community.  And yet the challenge we typically experience during 2 nd  quarter is that the giving decreases - there are spring breaks and summer vacations to be planning for. BUT our services do NOT decrease. Most significantly, the number of women experiencing homelessness does not decrease.  The need does not decrease. In fact, our SERVICES HAVE INCREASED and the need---well, we know that continues to increase at an alarming rate. The Sophia Way, however, is committed to meet the increased need with our increased services like extending our Day Center hours until 3 p.m.  every week day.  We're open longer and we're serving and helping more women and children.  We want to continue to help and serve more.  In just a few weeks, you will have a unique opportunity on  May 3rd to GiveBig  to support The Sophia Way and help women get connected to vital human services.  If you're considering a donation, your support will go even further on May 3 rd  because we have a private donor who will provide a $5,000 match if you can help us reach the $5,000 target. Your gift will be further stretched by the Seattle Foundation, which on average can match 8 cents on the dollar. Thank you in advance for making our 2 nd  quarter a strong one where we can continue to meet the needs of the most vulnerable.
Lonnie's Story

"My name is Lonnie. I live on $721 a month and $492 of it goes to my rent. I used to be homeless and then, thankfully, I got into the 6 month shelter program at Sophia Way. When I became more stable, I was so thankful that I was able to get a space in their transitional home. Through perseverance, and a lot of luck, Sophia Way helped me find and move into my own apartment in Kirkland - they even helped me set up my new home by giving me household items and appliances. I have a disability and I am not in my 20's! So for me, with my limited physical ability to work, it is very important to keep my expenses less than $10 a day. How do you think I do this?"

For Lonnie's story in her own words, click  here
GiveBig 2016

We Need Your Help to make this year BIGger
Save the Date! Tuesday, May 3, 2016 is the day to GiveBIG. Donations to The Sophia Way via our Seattle Foundation Profile Page will be 'stretched' thanks to Seattle Foundation. 
This is our moment to work and give together - donations large and small - making our great community more affordable for all. 
Your Gift will provide a safe and warm place for women experiencing Homelessness. 
For more information about The Seattle Foundation's GiveBIG,  Click Here .
Open House

We moved to our beautiful new office space on April 1st 2016. Our shelter is still at the basement of St. Luke's Lutheran Church. 
Yes, we managed to unpack, settle in and had our Open House event on April 8th 2016. 
There were 40 people who  celebrated with us and viewed our brand new space. We had a small ceremony to thank our amazing Board of Directors. They were instrumental in establishing the connection and partnership with the generous Bellevue First Congregational Church in making this new space a possibility. We look forward to a bright new future for The Sophia Way
Please feel free to stop by anytime! 
Community Support 

A kind gentleman who cares about women wrote this blurb for us: 
'I heard a radio ad for "The Sophia Way"  late one night.  I thought maybe I could help.  My Wife & I had supported several Homeless charities up until her passing from cancer in late 2014.  I told her that I would continue giving in her honor.  I am very happy to help The Sophia Way any way that I can.  Hopefully I can help with future projects like getting new mattresses.'
Thank you for your generosity! 
'You my Dear. Helped save my life' 

This is an email sent by a client to our Case Manager. These notes makes us love our women! 
'I am taking a break from my incredibly INTENSE finals. I am thinking about how incredibly grateful I am to be right here, right now. I know there are many women that are chronically homeless......they see that as their life.
There are some that do not, some that are so frightened, overwhelmed, and lonely. You, Natalie Minas, shouwed me other options. If it was not for you, I may not have pushed as hard as I did. I would not be finishing these finals, so absolutely grateful for the headache they are giving me. I would not have seen a way out of my spiral. Even though I did hit a very rough patch late December, I had hope, just from speaking and meeting with you. You were encouraging me, even when you were not there. 

To read more, click here 
To Give is to recieve... - Gerald G. Jampolsky
In This Issue
THANKS TO YOU, Amazing Things Happen.

Our New Address: 
11061 NE 2nd St, 
Suite 223, 
Bellevue, WA 98004

At the Community Resource Exchange Day organized by
United Way

Thank you Symetra for always keeping our women in mind! Your left-over boxes of lunch was extremely beneficial.

This Grandma, Grand Daughter Duo do regular donation drives for our ladies! Thank you Carolyn for passing down a heritage of charity and service.  

Thank you FareStart for coming to our shelter and educating our women on your programs.

Thank you Congregations for the Homeless for your generous donation! The mat is super useful for our Day Center Clients. 

Thank you Cheryl Jurrus, St. Andrews Lutheran Church and Assistance League of the Eastside for organizing our Spring Community Brunch. 
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