Friday, November 30, 2012

The magic of the season

Greetings!

Our Eastside Winter Shelter for Women and Children has been open for a full month now ... how time flies! We thank the Redmond United Methodist Church for their dedication to the mission of helping those who are homeless during this time of year and need an emergency life line of shelter.

Our ladies have had many wonderful experiences offered to them this month! The very popular Seastar Restaurant invited our clients for a wonderful Thanksgiving meal. And, a resounding thank you to The Kirkland Seventh Day Adventist Church and the Aras Foundation Harvest Festival for their contributions to making this a memorable Thanksgiving Holiday for our clients.

Our holiday "elf" this year is Karen Carnahan. She is busy gathering holiday gifts so that our clients can experience the love and magic of the season. She can be contacted at holidays@sophiaway.org.

As we herald in the winter months and the danger of the cold and the looming loneliness faced by those experiencing homelessness compounds, the gifts that our community bestows on our clients warms me as the magic of the season is sprinkled by you time and again - many work so hard to provide for those in need. Thank you!

With warm regards,
Helen Leuzzi
Executive Director


Introducing Our New Merchant Partners in "One For Sophia" Community Giving Campaign


A heartfelt thank you to the merchants below who are supporting our "One For Sophia" Community Giving Program. While you are out and about please visit them and remember to order an extra (symbolically, of course) "One For Sophia". If you can't make it out to these great businesses, then please express your appreciation with a "like" on facebook.

St. James Espresso
A locally owned family business, located across the street from the Performing Arts Center. They strive to bring great coffee, teas, wine, and beer to their customers.


Two Twelve on Central
- Bistro & Bar
Two Twelve specializes in Mediterranean small plates and comfort foods as well as a compliment of local wines. It's a full bar with musical acts Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Like Two Twelve on Facebook

Cheeky Cafe
Asian Fusion ... with a twist! Comfort Food ... for the masses! There's a lot of ways to describe them, but whatever your tastes, they have something for everyone.
Like Cheeky Cafe on Facebook

Immortal Dog Pet Supply & Bakery
They specialize in pet nutrition, helping your pet live their best life. In store you will also find toys, chews, treats, supplements, grooming products and other goodies you need for your canine and feline friends.
Like Immortal Dog on Facebook

Want to see your favorite establishment participate? Tell them you'd like for them to participate in our "One For Sophia" Community Giving Campaign...give us a call and we will let them know the details of the program and deliver the marketing materials! Thank you for your ongoing support!
In This Issue
Introducing Our Merchant Partners: "One For Sophia"
Cell Phone Recycling
Winter Shelter Enters Its Second Month


Don't throw away that old cell phone

Do you have old cell phones or know someone who has them? We can put those to good use. Not only will they help raise funds for the women we serve, if unusable, they will be recycled in a environmentally friendly manner.

We are partnering with Phones 4 Charity in this cell phone recycling program. Funds raised from this program will benefit The Sophia Way in providing services to the women experiencing homelessness in East King County. We accept any cell phones, new or old, functional or not including accessories. The amount of donation we receive depends on the phone and can vary a lot. Phones 4 Charity use a Greystone Zero IT data erasure machine that destroys all electronic data on the phone. This machine is used and approved by DOD (Department of Defense) to erase high priority classified data.

Older phones that do not
have any market value will be used for 911 use. Any and all phones will be recycled. All scrap phones, batteries and accessories will be recycled in an environmentally responsible manner.

Please let your friends and family know about this program. If you know of any business that will be interested in keeping a box to drop-off cell phones at their location, let us know and we will make that happen.
Winter Shelter Enters Its Second Month

December will mark the second month of our winter shelter this year. We have served many women and children for a total of 181 bed nights already in our opening month so far. As we transition to Bellevue First Congregational Church for December and January and the weather continues to become more inclement we expect our numbers to rise significantly. We welcome your help with meal provisions, please contact Andrea Ligget if you wish to serve this way at 425.442.2712. Aid with laundry and supplies is always appreciated as well as any volunteer assistance. Please call Barbara Woontner at 425.463.6285 if you can help out.

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