Your support in giving women a safe, warm place to recover and rest-especially on the weekends, fills our hearts with hope. You can help our women begin their journey to independence and a place to call home.  
Your financial gift today is needed to make that happen. 


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A message from our Executive Director 

With the days getting shorter and darker, we are pleased to announce that the lights will continue to stay on during the weekends at our drop in Day Center starting January 1st, 2017.   Having the Day Center open to the women on the weekends has been a major goal for The Sophia Way staff and its Board of Directors for the past two years.  There are currently no other such services available for single adult women on Saturday and Sunday on the Eastside.   We are so grateful for the Eastside cities granting the additional funding that is needed to extend these operations.  Instead of trying to figure out how to survive over the weekends, women, who are experiencing homelessness, can now come to our Day Center to rest, recuperate and recover while they get a warm meal, a hot shower and access critical human services.  While we greatly appreciate the funding from our Eastside funders, it does not cover the full costs of operating a Day Center 7 days a week from 8 am to 3 pm.  Like so many of our programs, with the Day Center we depend on our faithful donors to cover the gap in the limited public funding.   Cities are stretched thin to pay for a multitude of human service agencies, with Sophia Way just being one of many.   So in the next few weeks, when you receive our Annual Fundraising Appeal letter or email, please consider that your donation will be going directly towards the operating costs of keeping our Day Center open on the weekends.  Thank you for helping us give our most vulnerable neighbors an opportunity to feel safe, warm and valued by our community.  That's the first step on the road to recovery and self-dependence.

- Angela Murray

We have Big News for 2017! 

Click to Read about it in the Bellevue Reporter 
 

Lakeside Christian Church - Host of our Emergency Winter Shelter  
 
A huge thank you to Lakeside Christian Church, Kirkland for being such wonderful partners in hosting the Emergency Winter Shelter.  
Pastor Vince Armfield and his congregation have generously and warmly welcomed The Sophia Way into their beautiful space, which is conveniently located on a major bus line. The team at Lakeside Christian have been extremely helpful by donating breakfast supplies, organizing donations from church members, providing Thanksgiving and Christmas meals, collecting holiday gifts by setting up a Giving Tree. 
We are excited about working with the church members and community volunteers who are interested in supporting the shelter through various hospitality opportunities. 
The atmosphere has been so welcoming that we have served 46 different women in just over a month since we've opened. On an average, there have been 20 women walking into the shelter every single night, and that number continues to grow. On a cold, rainy night, there is a safe and warm place for women to spend the night and a place to call home. 

Your space and donations are bringing happiness and smiles to more and more women in our neighborhood. Thank you! 
Making ammends
This is a letter which we recieved from a woman who is on her journey towards independence. This gives us a reason to help more women and explains why we do what we do. 

Your support makes this possible!
 
To The Sophia Way, 

I am currently working a program of recovery from drugs and alcohol, and it has come to my attention that I have wronged others in my addiction. One of the ways I wronged others was by stealing. Please find enclosed a $200 gift card to Sephora, one of the stores I wronged. In my addiction I was also homeless for a bit, So I wanted to also help others who may be similar situation or help the workers who help those in need. However you think this donation would be best suited to your cause.

Thank you 

An addict-alcoholic in recovery
Microsoft team produces a video for us! 
 
We are beyond grateful to volunteers from Microsoft for their very generous donation of time and talent.

The US Partner team from Microsoft have been great supporters of our mission. This team volunteered at The Sophia's Place shelter last September. Since then, we have received technology donations, meal donation and now a video!  Experts from their team along with a crew who flew in from California spent an entire day with us. They visited all our shelter programs, interviewed staff and clients, took pictures and have captured the essence of our work. 

The best part of this team is their energy, enthusiasm, commitment and dedication! These storytellers are one of the best in the nation. Thank you for your time and talent. 

Look out for our video in your email inbox this Holiday season! 
Holiday Fundraisers  

We are so blessed to work in such a generous community! There are numerous community volunteers and groups who have donated supplies to make this holiday season a great one for our clients.

Thanks to all our supporters: 

a) City of Redmond - For their Sock drive

b) Zarza Style Boutique - Organized a Holiday Fundraiser 

c) Newport Presbyterian Church - Donated handmade scarves and hats

d) Teavana, Bellevue Square - Donated 10 huge bags of tea 

e) Kirkland Interfaith Network - Organized an Alternate Giving Fair 

f) University Prep - Prepared Emergency Kits for our clients

g) Play Network - Donated scarves, hats, gloves, cleaning supplies

h) A Mary Kay Consultant organized a Holiday Bazaar event. There were vendors from Pampered Chef, LulaRoe clothing, Sugar Sidewalk jewelry, Handmade chocolate gifts, PartyLite, Univera Healthcare, Jamberry Mexico products. 

And many more!

We are here because of you. Thank you for your ongoing partnership. 

The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away - Pablo Picasso 
Serving the world, one person at a time

1,095. That's  the  number of meals that are provided each year to our Shelter. Community volunteers are  the  backbone of  the  work we do. You provide 3 meals a day, EVERY DAY of  the  year. 

Preparing a meal for potentially up to 40+ women is a huge task, but when done with a group of friends or family, is completely manageable, and even fun! Preparing that meal, delivering the meal, and SERVING that meal to our clients is an admirable and rewarding volunteer experience. 

As we approach the holiday season, the need has never been greater. If you are interested in donating a meal, please email meals@sophiaway.org 




"The chili was just the way I used to cook it. It brought back so many lovely memories. Thank you for the home-cooked, delicious meal that I will always cherish."   - Olivia, a resident at Sophia's Place

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