Thursday, June 27, 2013

Summer is the time for events and Virtual events

Thursday June 27, 2013

The summer months bring forth great anticipation for those of us who are fortunate enough to live in the Great Northwest. As the sun shines in full glory and the rain becomes a distant memory, many festivities and outdoor celebrations spring up in different communities in the Puget Sound area. At The Sophia Way, we get busy with different events too, as it is a great opportunity for us to mingle with the community to let them know about the valuable work we are doing. This July 2nd we will be the featured charity at the inaugural night of the Summer Outdoor Movies at the Park in Bellevue sponsored by inome and Bellevue Parks and Community Service. We deeply appreciate the charitable work in which inome  engages in our community. Also, on July 4th we will be at the Symetra Bellevue Family 4th event sponsored by Symetra, Bellevue Downtown Association and the City of Bellevue. Both of these events are a lot of fun and I hope many of you will be able to join us.

We want to thank everyone who bought tickets for the Girl Rising film screening on July 15th. Not only did we reach our minimum sales for the screening to happen but we SOLD OUT. We look forward to seeing you at the screening. We are happy to be able to spread the word about the value of educating girls and the positive influence educating them has on the lives of millions of people around the world.

Events are fun. But how about a non-event, or in other words a "virtual event" that you don't actually have to attend? No dressing up required and no challenging traffic and/or parking!  Sounds interesting? Just wait for our next email - we will let you know where NOT to go for an event that's NOT happening!

Thank you!
Christie H. Paneiro, MSW, MPA
Executive Director

Summer Outdoor Movies at the Park - Inaugural Night with The Sophia Way
Summer is finally here and Bellevue's FREE outdoor movies at the park is back with a fabulous lineup of family friendly movies. Time to bring out your low-back chairs and blankets, picnic with friends, family and neighbors and watch movies in a 40 foot inflatable screen. inome in partnership with Bellevue Parks and Community Services is bringing you eight fun movies - one every week at the Downtown Bellevue  Park. You can check out the full schedule and more details here:

In addition to having a great time, you will also have an opportunity to support many great social causes. Each week's movie is dedicated to a non-profit. The Sophia Way is the featured charity for the inaugural night. We will have a booth at which we will serve free popcorn (sponsored by inome) and collect any donations - in-kind or cash. Suggested in-kind donation items are listed on the summer movies website.

Enjoy free popcorn, support The Sophia Way, sit back, relax and watch Dracula.  Not to be a spoiler but who can resist a great plot line: Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into over protective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count's teenage daughter. What better way to enjoy a summer evening?
In This Issue
Summer Outdoor Movies at the Park
Girl Rising: Countdown Begins
Symetra Bellevue Family 4th


Girl Rising: Countdown begins

We have SOLD OUT the screening for Girl Rising. We are very excited to be able to share the message about the education of girls with all of you through this powerful movie.
Girl Rising tells the stories of 9 girls from around the world who face - and overcome -- unbelievable obstacles on the path toward getting an education. These are incredibly moving stories -- you'll be inspired. Alicia Keys connecting to the pain of a 7-year-old girl in Haiti after the earthquake, with a happy ending. Meryl Streep reading the beautiful words of Maaza Mengiste and enveloping the story of a girl who escapes early childhood marriage in Ethiopia. These are stories that will fill you with hope.

By joining us in this screening you'll be creating generational change. 66 million girls out there in the world need you. They need your awareness, your voice and the pressure you can bring to bear on our elected officials and the UN and all the other influential organizations to help make better choices available for girls.

July 4th Celebrations at the Bellevue Downtown Park 
Celebrate Independence Day this July 4th at the  Symetra Bellevue Family 4th at the Downtown Bellevue Park. This is Eastside's largest and one of the most spectacular fireworks shows in the Pacific Northwest that attracts 60,000 people! And, the Sophia Way will be there with fun activities spreading the word about our work. Please stop by our booth and meet our amazing volunteers!
This year's event will feature live performances including the Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra, Longstride (Reggae, Rock and Groove Band) and Idol Eyez. There will be a variety of food stalls - something to like for everyone. Family Fun Zone will entertain throughout the day with a variety of activities including free entertainment, jugglers, mascot characters, face painting, free interactive games and more.
For complete details, including directions and parking information, check out the Bellevue Downtown Association's event page.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

We Bring You the Incredible New Film: Girl Rising

Thursday June 13, 2013
Dear SriJan,  

It has been just a few weeks since my beginning at The Sophia Way. I must say, it is a privilege to meet such dedicated supporters of our mission who along with our amazing staff work tirelessly to provide wonderful programs and services that benefit the women we serve.

Our overnight shelter, the only such shelter for single adult women in East King County, has now been operational for six months!   It is pure joy for us to see happy clients enjoying all the benefits this new shelter, Sophia's Place at St. Luke's, has to offer.

I am excited to tell you  we are screening "Girl Rising", an incredibly powerful film, in partnership with 10x10 -- a global campaign to educate and empower girls.  Jane Austen said it best:  "Give a girl an education and introduce her properly into the world, and ten to one she has the means of settling well, without further expense to anybody. "   We know that in every country around the world, healthy, educated girls can play a crucial role in stabilizing societies, resolving conflicts, bolstering democracies, strengthening economies and nurturing healthy and educated children.  The messages in "Girl Rising" align beautifully with the mission of The Sophia Way.   I hope you are able to join us on July 15th at 7:30 pm at the Regal Crossroads Stadium 8.

Many more events are coming up in July. We will have more information about them in our next newsletter. Until then, we will keep moving!

Thank you!
Christie H. Paneiro, MSW, MPA
Executive Director
Girl Rising: Reserve Your Seats Now!
Monday July 15th 7:30 PM at the Crossroads Stadium 8

Around the world, millions of girls face barriers to education that boys do not. And, yet, when you educate a girl, you can break cycles of poverty in just one generation.

The Sophia Way is proud to partner with 10x10, a global campaign to educate and empower girls, to bring the incredible film, "Girl Rising", to you. This film  journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, Girl Rising spotlights the stories of unforgettable girls born into unforgiving circumstances. It captures their dreams, their voices, and their remarkable lives.

Reserve your tickets now! We need to sell 100 tickets before July 1st for this screening to happen.

Each girl's story is transformed for the screen by an acclaimed writer from her native country. Priyanka Chopra, Selena Gomez, Anne Hathaway, Alicia Keys, Meryl Streep, Kerry Washington and other celebrated actresses contribute voice performances to the film, which features original music from Academy Award winner Rachel Portman, in collaboration with Hans Zimmer.

You can sign up to buy a ticket for the movie now. A portion of Girl Rising ticket sales will help fund programs for girls, so seeing the film literally makes an impact on girls' lives. The Sophia Way is planning the screening for Monday July 15th at 7:30 PM at the Crossroads Stadium 8. Can you make it? Please sign up ASAP to see the movie and tell your friends to do the same! The film only comes to the theater if at least 100 people sign up to see it. Your credit card will NOT be charged if less than 100 tickets are sold by July 1st.

Buy your tickets now! And, please forward this email...invite friends, co-workers and family members to join you.

Research shows that investing in girls can transform families, communities and nations. The girls of Girl Rising show us how. You can help.

Six Month Anniversary for Sophia's Place at St. Luke's
Last Friday marked the six month anniversary of our overnight shelter - Sophia's Place at St. Luke's! Our clients report they are not only sleeping better in our shelter, but are also more productive in achieving personal goals toward independence. It is extremely gratifying to know we are succeeding in our mission.
Our clients designed a large"Thank You" card for the wonderful colorful blanket donations.
Our journey was made possible because of the help from supporters like you, many community organizations and businesses and our incredible staff and volunteers. Just in the last few weeks, a children’s group from St. Margaret's Episcopal Church donated many handmade colorful blankets for our clients. Our ladies love their new blankets; in appreciation they made a huge thank you card.  Volunteers have been donating homemade dinners every day for our shelter clients.  Keeping up the wonderful tradition of Girl Scouting,  Girl Scout groups have prepared hot meals for our clients utilizing funds from their budgets. St. Luke's Lutheran Church also organized the first outdoor barbeque for our clients who  loved it.

Sophia's Place at St. Luke's with individual semi-private cubicles for our clients

Sophia's place has been a huge leap forward in our mission to provide quality services to women in need. With your support, we will continue to strive to provide more comprehensive and enhanced services to our clients.
Remembering Venus
We are sad to announce that Venus, one of our clients in housing, passed away in her sleep Friday night. Venus had been dealing with some health challenges for several months.

The Sophia Way has known Venus Williams since 2009. Despite the circumstances that brought her to the Sophia Way, Venus never lost her love for people, her desire to help others or her love for her family. She lived her life with an air of gratitude, always grateful for whatever she had, or kindnesses shared. She touched the lives of many people. Venus was very creative and artistic and decorated her apartment with some of her own work. She used to keep our newsletters taped to her bedroom wall. Her dream was to become a fashion designer and write a romantic advice book with her teenage granddaughter.

Venus leaves behind children and grandchildren who were the light of her life.  She was lovely woman who will be greatly missed.