Thanks to you, 5 women moved into housing in July.

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A message from our Executive Director 

This month I would like to take the opportunity to thank our local Eastside cities, as well as Seattle, for their concerted and ardent efforts in tackling homelessness in our region.

City of Bellevue, in partnership with King County, Congregations for the Homeless and Imagine Housing are at the beginning phase of establishing a men's shelter and permanent supportive housing on county owned  property in Eastgate.  They will begin doing public outreach and engaging the community in their commendable efforts to alleviate homelessness in Bellevue.  The proposal includes a 100-bed men's shelter, drop-in day center, permanent supportive housing units and space for on-site programs and services to help men in transitioning out of homelessness and permanent supportive housing units.

City of Redmond launched  All In, All Home Redmond.  This is a wonderful initiative to engage the community in solutions to homelessness. I encourage you to visit their website to find out basic facts on homelessness, and a list of ways for all members of the community to get involved and be part of the solution. 

City of Seattle- Earlier this month Seattle voted YES to a $290 million property-tax levy for low-income housing. Revenue from the seven year levy will be spent on building, renovating or preserving about 2,150 units of rent and income-restricted housing for very low-income people, many of them earning less than 30 percent of the area's median income.  This comes at a time when federal funding for affordable housing has declined by 30% since 2010 and federal housing vouchers that are used for the most vulnerable, has declined as well.  Thank you Seattle voters.

- Angela Murray 
Creating Spaces - Coming Home 
Annual Benefit Luncheon for 
The Sophia Way
 
What does your space mean to you? 
Peace, safety, security, sanctuary, warmth, rest? 

Come join us at our Luncheon and get to know how you can be a part of Creating Spaces! 

Having a space to simply do the activities of daily living and surviving is not an option for our women who are experiencing homelessness. 

Our Day Center is a safe space for a woman to come during the day to make it through the day. Sometimes she desperately needs to rest in a safe place. Sleep deprivation is a contributing factor to the severe decline in health for a woman living out on the streets. 
Our 6-month shelter program provides the space and time for women to heal and focus on more than just the basics; they can start to rebuild their lives.  
Our transitional housing brings more opportunity, time and space for a woman to regain independence.  

In all these ways and more, You are helping us create meaningful spaces - because everyone deserves their own space, a place to come home to.

Your gift will directly benefit the women in all our programs.

Keynote Speaker - Sara Rankin, Founder/Director, Homeless Rights Advocacy Project


Coordinated Entry for all (CEA)
 
The Sophia Way is getting involved in King County's "Coordinated Entry for All" initiative. You may have heard about CEA. Ever wonder what it is? 

The purpose of Coordinated Entry for All is to ensure that all people experiencing a housing crisis have fair and equal access to housing. The system aims to work with households to understand their strengths and needs, provide a common assessment, and connect them with appropriate housing and other homeless assistance. 

Eligible households include all families and individuals who are literally homeless, as well as those fleeing domestic violence.  
 
Here's how it works: A person would go to a regional access point or meet with a mobile assessor, answer a 10 minute questionnaire, then the assessor enters their information into the system, making them eligible for services throughout the region based on their needs.

One benefit from this is that  CEA will be able to get in touch with the person through the service providers they currently work with, rather than individual  housing providers trying to contact someone who applied months (or years) ago. It also puts less of the responsibility on the individual to follow up with several agencies.

The Sophia Way's Program Director has been meeting with other agencies that will be  implementing CEA.  The Sophia Way's Day Center will likely be one of the mobile spots, as well as The Sophia Way's Emergency Winter Shelter.  Up until the CEA is officially implemented, there is a period called the Surge, where each organization can independently start to do assessments. Two of Sophia Way's Case Managers have recently been trained and are beginning to assess clients both in the evening program and in the Day Center, to enroll them and help them gain access to the wide variety of services they need.
Thank you Expedia!  

At Expedia, Inc., their success is fueled by a shared belief that every individual can make an impact, bringing their talents together to accomplish amazing things. 

Whether it's serving communities around the world as part of our Global Day of Caring, giving in-kind consulting advice to help a charitable organization thrive, or providing grants to philanthropic initiatives worldwide, they believe in people helping people to make a difference.

As part of their Community Grants Program, we received a generous donation of $15,000. This gift will be directed towards our programs which ultimately benefits women experiencing homelessness. 

Volunteer Spotlight - Erin 
 
I just finished an 8 week internship with The Sophia Way, on my way to earning a Bachelor degree in Human Services Management.  I grew up in Bellevue, having moved here when I was 12 years old.  

The first thing that impressed me about this organization is how dedicated each staff member is to the mission of the agency. 

The Sophia Way is a very young organization, but they are organized and focused on helping their clients regain their independence as quickly as possible.  I started out spending the majority of my time at the main office working with Tara Noyes, Operations Manager and Volunteer Coordinator and Kavya Dharmarajan, Development and Communications Manager. Each of these women have a mountain of responsibilities and they take each task and accomplish it with dedication and professionalism. I am impressed with how much the staff accomplishes each week that provides their clients with the services and resources they need. I also had the privilege of working with several long-time volunteers. They are just as dedicated to the mission of the Sophia Way as the staff, and I know they are appreciated by everyone at the office. My responsibilities shifted to spending more time at the day center, which provided me the opportunity to not only see the shelter, but to spend time interacting with the day center clients.  My first impressions of the day center and shelter were positive and remained that way.  I am stunned to find out that the majority of the meals are all provided by volunteers; both individuals and organizations.  I was also pleased to find out that the majority of the toiletries are all donated.  There is even a small clothing bank which I had the privilege of assisting day center clients with finding appropriate clothing and helping to refine their sorting system when donations come in.  

Overall, I am very impressed with the work The Sophia Way is doing and am thankful I had the opportunity to learn more.  I hope to remain involved with them and help to educate more people about this wonderful organization.

Medina Foundation 
 
The Medina Foundation is a family foundation that works to foster positive change in the Greater Puget Sound area. 

In honoring the vision of their founder, Norton Clapp, the Medina Foundation aspires to improve lives by funding human service organizations that provide direct support to Puget Sound residents. 

Their shared values of compassion, innovation, integrity and leadership is the foundation of the care we provide to women experiencing homelessness. Their generous grant of $20,000 to The Sophia Way is changing lives. Thank you for making good things happen. 

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