Thursday, October 4, 2012

A Dignified Death

Thank you all who contributed to making our Annual Benefit Luncheon a great success last week. I'm humbled by your continued support. Your generosity enables us to continue our valuable work, providing critical services to women who are experiencing homelessness. Specifically, I want to extend my gratitude to Danny Rogers, General Manager, and Red Lion Hotel - Bellevue for sponsoring the entire event. I am confident that with all your help we will continue to improve the lives of women facing homelessness, creating a healthier community in which we all can thrive and feel safe.
We have two more exciting events coming up this month - we have our First Annual Community Business Council Benefit Breakfast on October 19th, once again sponsored by Danny and Red Lion Hotel, and our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for our new shelter on November 1st. You will find more information about these important events in this newsletter.

Finally, I want to share one of our client's story - how we were able to help Anna Maria during her last days. I am profoundly impacted when I witness how little someone needs to live and die with dignity... as I know you will be when you read her story.

With warm regards,
Helen Leuzzi
Executive Director

Anna Maria was dying
Anna Maria was dying. She was also homeless. She could sometimes sleep at her brother's home. She could sometimes sleep at her elderly Mother's home. On her good days, she helped to care for her elderly Mother. As she had no income, her brother would pay her a few dollars a week to help. On several occasions, she was hospitalized and didn't have to worry about where she would sleep.

In a sense, Anna Maria was lucky. She had a good deal of support. She had a supportive family; they did as much as they could for her with their limited resources. She had a team of support through her Oncologist's office; her Doctor and the Social Work Team worked hard to keep her as well and comfortable as possible.

Through their combined efforts, they found the Sophia Way and we became a part of Anna Maria's support team. With the help of King County Housing Authority, we were able to obtain a Terminally Ill Section 8 voucher for her. With the timely and thorough documentation of her needs from the Oncologist's office, we were able to move her into a very nice apartment. We were also able to obtain a 2 bedroom apartment for her so that her daughter could provide around the clock care for her.

Sadly, Anna Maria died several months later. But rather than dying homeless, she died in her home, with her daughter by her side.

Ribbon Cutting for Sophia's Place
We are extending an invitation to all of you to join us for our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony celebrating the opening of our new shelter - Sophia's Place at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Bellevue. It wouldn't have happened without your generous support and constant encouragement.

The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be on Thursday, November 1st from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Bellevue St. Luke's Lutheran Church. Ceremonies will be held at 3:30 p.m. We sincerely hope you will be able to join us in celebration of this significant milestone in support of the women we are proud to serve.

Groupon Grassroots Campaign
Thank you for making our Groupon Grassroots Campaign a success last week. We crossed our target of 60 donations - thank you all for getting the word out. Including matching donation from a generous donor, this pays for more than 5 bed-frames for our new shelter!

Community Business Council Benefit Breakfast

Our First Annual Business Benefit Breakfast is coming up on October 19th at Bellevue Red Lion Hotel. The Theme is: "Creating a Bridge to Financial Independence". We are excited to have Thach Nguyen as our keynote speaker for this event. A Vietnamese refugee who once lived in a homeless shelter, Thach Nguyen is now a financially successful home seller! He is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, author, professional speaker, and founder of Thach Nguyen's Real Estate Group. Our emcee will be Paul Leuzzi, Chief Intellectual Property Counsel and Assistant General Counsel, Weyerhaeuser Company. He provides advice on patents, trade secrets, trademarks, copyrights, licensing and related legal issues in the area of intellectual property law. Visit our event page for more information and to register for the event.

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