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
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
New Merchant Partners in "One
For Sophia" Community Giving Campaign
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.
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.
Immortal Dog Pet Supply &
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
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
In This Issue
Introducing Our Merchant Partners: "One For
Cell Phone Recycling
Winter Shelter Enters Its Second Month
Don't throw away that old cell phone
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.
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.
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.
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
Winter Shelter Enters Its Second
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.