Great news - several of our clients have successfully moved to housing this week. It brings great joy to our agency when we have made the successful journey with our client from experiencing homelessness to gaining an independent stable life with her family.
We hope you, our supporters, will share in these achievements and take pride in the contributions you have made to the success of our clients as they regain they financial strength and independence because without your continued support these journeys would not take place! It is a week to celebrate to be sure!
With warm regards,
Journey Towards IndependenceIt is always exciting for us to see our clients move to permanent housing from our shelter. Last week, one of our clients was reunited with her two young children and all three were successfully housed together. She had come to The Sophia Way as a single mother after losing her employment. The Sophia Way was able to provide support services that enabled her to increase her income thereby providing the ability for her to support her two young children. There is nothing more fulfiling than to see a client reunited with her family, moving to independent housing -it is literally the beginning of a new life, creating a foundation upon which to build a new "story" for our client and her family. With our ongoing encouragement and support we anticipate it will continue to be a successful journey for this reunited family.
Another client found gainful employment this week! She had lost her job, ending up on the streets without a roof over her head, leading her to our shelter. We provided support services to her while she pursued new employment opportunities. After she "landed a new job" this past week, we excitedly moved her into permanent housing.
Our clients' success stories are extremely gratifying. They demonstrate that with a little support and encouragement, each client will work hard to take advantage of the opportunities they now have to rebuild their lives. We strive to help prevent our clients from falling into the same quagmire of lost employment and homelessness by continuing to subsidize their rent and by providing ongoing supportive services while they build their financial strength.
While we celebrate the successes of our clients today we are still reminded of the sobering fact that we are able to help only 1 in 17 women who call us for assistance each day. We are working diligently to raise our funding levels so we can be of more assistance.
This week we welcomed 2 new clients into our shelter - for them the first step in the healing process as they journey toward a much better tomorrow. With your support, one day they will also gain independence and we will be thrilled to share their stories of success with you! THANK YOU for all that you contribute to the lives of the women we serve.
Our new webpage is up and highly functional - take a look now!We have completely revamped our shelter shower webpage! Now you can not only look at the items we need, you also have the option of purchasing them online with a direct link or donating money for any number of items from the list. Check out our shiny new Shelter Shower webpage.
The construction of the shelter is progressing steadily. We have the flooring and ceiling completed now and our contractors have begun the interior framing. We are extremely thankful to our donors who donated the wallboard and it's installation:
Michael Newman - Firstline Systems, Inc.
Greg Erwin - Kent Gypsum Supply
Randy Zonnefeld and Mark Salmon - CertainTeed Gypsum
|Construction crew hard at work building our new shelter, Sophia's Place at St Luke's|
Bus 52 Video on The Sophia WayBus 52 is a year-long non-profit web-series focusing on highlighting inspiring stories of people all over the country who are approaching community challenges in innovative ways. Each week, they release two episodes showcasing this community spirit. They recently filmed at our offices and that film is now our on their website! Check out: http://bus52.com/profiles/the-sophia-way/.
The mission of Bus 52 is to show that no matter where you are in the country, there are always amazing people doing incredibly positive things. Tune in every Tuesday and Thursday on http://www.bus52.com. Share our video if you like it!