Thursday, December 13, 2012

Four Years and Hundreds of Lives Changed for the Better

Greetings!

This 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 Giving.

With warm regards,
Helen Leuzzi
Executive Director

Volunteers painting at the Sophia's Thrift Shoppe.
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 - Ready for Move In
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 operations.

Sophia's Thrift Shoppe - Grand Opening Coming Soon!

Sophia's 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 stability.

One 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.

Look 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 98005.
Call for Meal Volunteers

We 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 meals@sophiaway.org.