week we celebrate our Fourth Anniversary ... and what a journey it has been! In
just four years we have expanded our operations in many areas and changed the
lives of hundreds of women in need. As we celebrate the wonderful
improvements with the opening of our new shelter and the
wonderful decorations being done at our new Sophia's Thrift Shoppe, the
real joy comes from the greater number of women whom we have reached.
Without the generous support you provide we could not have accomplish our
goals. I am reminded of the quote by President John F. Kennedy "Geography made
us neighbors; Economics has made us partners; and Necessity has made us
allies". Together we will continue to fight the battle of homelessness so that
every woman in our community has a roof over her head! We have made many
significant investments in our new shelter and our Sophia's Thrift Shoppe that
will impact the women we serve for decades to come! So, thanks for your
partnership - "when a match has equal partners I fear not".
From all of
us at The Sophia Way, we wish you Joy and Peace during this wonderful Season of
Helen Leuzzi Executive Director
Volunteers painting at the Sophia's Thrift
Clients Move Into Sophia's Place at St. Luke's
This last weekend (December 7,
2012) our clients moved into our new shelter-Sophia's Place at St Luke's. This
is a very exciting moment for all of us - so many of you have worked tirelessly
to make this dream come true. There are truly no words to describe the joy in
our client's faces, knowing they don't have to sleep on floor mats anymore,
knowing they will have better amenities available to them, and the joy we feel
knowing we are able to serve more women in need.
Sophia's Place - a warm welcome
for our clients
With the opening of Sophia's
Place, we are now able to double our capacity. Not only are we positively
impacting the lives of the women we serve, we are also making our community a
better place in which to live and prosper.
Our Partner, YWCA Angeline's
Eastside Women's Center, also moved to our new shelter starting this week for
their day center
Thrift Shoppe - Grand Opening Coming Soon!
Thrift Shoppe is our new program that will work as an on-the-job employment
skills training center and also as an employment contracting option. The Sophia
Way will seek employment contracts with companies in East King County whereby we
will subsidize our clients' salaries for one month while they are acquiring
additional training and work experience in the private sector, providing risk
reduction to the employer while the employer provides a work environment that
gives our clients tools to succeed. This liaison effort will lead to employment
for our clients and ultimately increased income and financial
of the most significant challenges we face is to build financial strength for
our clients which is critical for their success. Given the current economic
conditions the obstacles to building financial stability can be insurmountable.
We believe the Sophia's Thrift Shoppe will be able to bridge this gap.
for information about the GRAND OPENING of Sophia's Thrift Shoppe very shortly
as we get ready to open this new shopping destination for you! We will be
located just above Skimart at 13219 NE 20th St, Bellevue, WA
Call for Meal Volunteers
strive to provide meals by volunteers who bring fresh, homemade, healthy meals
to our clients seven days a week. We urgently need volunteers to help with
meals at our new Shelter-Sophia's Place at St. Luke's. Prepare a healthy meal
and optionally enjoy a hearty dinner with out clients in our shelter. If you can
help, Please contact Karina O'Malley at firstname.lastname@example.org.