Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Homeless for the Holidays

Holidays bring stress, not relaxation to the homeless.

Most people in the United States will spend Thanksgiving day relaxing with friends and family,
eating, and watching football. For the women who sleep at The Sophia Way shelter, holidays are more stressful, not more relaxing. When the women leave the shelter in the morning at 7:00 am, they have nowhere to go because most places are closed on Thanksgiving. 

The Day Center is closed. The library, which offers public restrooms, warmth, something to read and internet access is closed for the day. Stores are closed. Even the nearby large mall is closed for the day. 

This Thanksgiving, Holy Family Catholic Church will open their doors during the day to serve many people a Thanksgiving Dinner.

Also, St. Thomas Episcopal Church will bring a wonderful meal to the shelter in the evening.

Please remember our clients during this holiday season.

December Holidays

Join our Holiday Elf, Sarice Tanvis, as she prepares for December’s holidays. Support-A-Woman, donate decorations, wrap gifts, help with meal deliveries and be a part of the peace, joy and love with our communal family! Sarice is planning for all traditions. First Presbyterian Church and the Newport Ward of the Church of Latter Day Saints are already creating some holiday magic.

If you can help, write to holidays@sophiaway.org and help make a difference this holiday season!