Tuesday, July 17, 2012

New shelter, events last week and our new video

Ground Breaking for Sophia's Place at St. Luke's
We are excited to announce the ground breaking of Sophia's Place at St. Luke's. Very soon our clients will have raised beds on which to sleep (they now sleep on floor mats), bedroom style cubicles with a storage area for their personal belongings, a meeting area, computer stations, kitchen, etc. We could not have done this without your unwavering support and encouragement. We are planning to organize the ribbon cutting ceremony for this new shelter in mid-October.

We began our donation drive a couple weeks ago for the items we need for our new shelter. Our clients are blessed to have so many wonderful supporters, the donations have been pouring in, from flip-flops to mattresses, beautiful new sheets/pillow cases, shower caddies, new rugs and more. We still have a ways to go so if you have in-kind donations to share, please let us know.

We are confident that with your support we will have all of our clients' needs met by the time we open our doors to their new shelter, Sophia's Place. Please check our donation drive page: http://www.sophiaway.org/donation_drive.html to see an updated list of items still needed.

Events last week
The last couple of weeks have been very busy and an exciting time for The Sophia Way. We were the featured non-profit at the Summer Outdoor Movies in the Park event July 10th sponsored by inome (formerly known as Intelius) and Bellevue Parks and Recreation Department. We are thrilled to join forces with inome and the "Power of I" as Naveen and Anu Jain (founders of Intelius) continue to exemplifying the change each of us can make in our community through the promotion of the "Power of I".

They have stepped up during these tough economic times to educate our community about the organizations that are working hard to aid our citizens who are struggling. There was a huge turnout of people on that gorgeous summer evening. Our new video was shown there on the giant 40ft inflatable screen that ended with audience applause. Money and in-kind donations poured in from supporters like you. By the end of the night we had collected three baskets full of in-kind donations.

Symetra Bellevue Family 4th - we are so lucky to have Symetra located in Bellevue, an exceptional local company that engages its employees to “give back”!  Symetra sponsored “Bellevue’s Family 4th” providing a great venue for non-profits to engage the community in their mission.  We had coloring books with crayons and bubble-making activity for the "kids" - both were very popular.

At Symetra, they support programs, events and organizations that enrich the lives of others in the communities they serve.  Symetra was named “Business of the Year” by the Alliance of Eastside Agencies at its annual awards luncheon on June 13, 2012. Thank you Symetra…It was such a beautiful day, great fireworks, and a wonderful turnout of Eastside families who were obviously enjoying themselves. What a great community we live in!

We had our volunteer appreciation event at the Seattle Storm game on the 8th. It was our way of thanking all our volunteers for the many, many hours contributed on behalf of the women we serve. Thank you! Please take a look at our new video that was unveiled at the Storm Game - and WE WON!

Helen in the center court during the Seattle Strom vs. Phoenix Mercury Basketball game in Seattle Key Arena on July 8th.

These events were an excellent opportunity for us to reach out to and interact with our community about the issue of homelessness. While it was a hectic time, it also invigorated us with new energy and uplifted our spirit.
We are deeply grateful for your support

We Launched Our New Video
We launched our new video at the Seattle Storm Game on the 8th, our volunteer and donor appreciation event this summer. We were the Community Spotlight Charity that night and I was honored to be at center court before the game. The video was very well received by the audience. Please share it with your friends.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Getting ready to open Sophia's Place

Today I'd like to talk to you about our new donation drive for Sophia's Place, our new shelter at St. Luke's in Bellevue. In this issue, we also welcome you to follow us on our Social Networking sites and join us in our upcoming events in July.

Donation drive for Sophia's Place
St. Luke's
Thanks to the efforts of many, our new shelter, Sophia's Place, will double our current capacity to serve homeless women.
Today, we can have to turn away 17 for every 1 women that we serve. It is depressing to say the least when we have to turn away women who will not have a roof over their head at night.
Once Sophia's Place at St. Luke's opens, we will double the number of women we can serve each night. More importantly, each of them will have separate sleeping cubicles with raised beds; currently our clients sleep on floor mats. Because many of our clients are mature, they have a difficult time sleeping on the floor. Our new shelter provides a safe, dignified space for them to rest their heads and a private area for them to store their personal belongings.
Of course, serving twice as many women means we need more supplies! And you can help.
We've started a donation drive to begin collecting the supplies we'll need to make our new shelter a welcoming home for our clients. We need everything from night stands to bathrobes and flip-flops.
Everything we need is listed on a page at our web site: http://www.sophiaway.org/donation_drive.html.

You can order them on-line and have them delivered to Sophia Way, or you can shop locally and bring them by our offices. We also need financial donations to purchase standardized items such as wardrobe lockers and mattresses.
Thank you for all you do!
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter
One great way to keep in touch with us on a regular basis is to 'like' us on Facebook and 'follow' us on twitter. Do share this with your friends - we want to build an engaged community around the issue of homelessness.

Helen Leuzzi
Executive Director