Friday, May 23, 2014

Beaten down, but not defeated


May 22, 2014

In our work at the Sophia Way, we are privileged to meet and partner with the most generous people and organizations; It is definitely one thing about our work that we love. From big businesses to faith organizations and small civic organizations, we receive support from a wide range of community partners. We are highlighting one of our community partners - the Assistance League of the Eastside -  in this newsletter.

I am also sharing the story of Beverly, one of our clients who was able to get back on her feet with assistance from The Sophia Way. Success stories like these from our ladies make our work incredibly worthwhile.

We have had many staff changes at The Sophia Way as we grow the capacity of our organization. Jim Lakin joined us as our new Accounting Manager. He brings strong experience in financial planning, budgeting and compliance. Mari Kim is our new Director of Advocacy and Grants, already actively reaching out to our community, building strong relationships. Mari has a strong academic background having acquired her Ph.D. in Theological Studies from Brandeis, Princeton and Emory University. Also joining our Support & Resource Coordination team is Rebecca Nelson. She has been a tireless advocate for our clients at Sophia's Place as a shelter staff. We are excited to have all this new energy join our team!

As always, never hesitate to reach out to me if you have any comments; I truly appreciate hearing from you.

Thank you,
Katherine Jordan
Executive Director
The Sophia Way
425.463.6285 x101

Featured Community Partner:
Assistance League of the Eastside

At The Sophia Way, many community-minded organizations, corporations, foundations and faith organizations, are an integral partner in all our endeavors toward ending homelessness in King County. It is a community issue that needs attention from a variety of stakeholders. We are proud to have support from many different organizations. In this newsletter we are featuring our recent partnership with the Assistance League of the Eastside.

Assistance League of the Eastside donated 21 beautiful baskets, filled with many necessities and wrapped with love for our ladies at Sophia's Place. They also donated 21 vases with flowers - no doubt those will brighten up the cubicles for our ladies.

They also helped install two new vegetable beds at Sophia's Place and planted some saplings. Our ladies will soon benefit from fresh produce right from the shelter backyard! As our relationship with the Assistance League of the Eastside takes root, we are confident that it will grow and continue to be very meaningful for our clients and the community at large.

Beaten down, but not defeated
The Sophia Way believed in Beverly and that changed everything for her

Beverly was beaten down by the circumstances of her life, having lost hope she had no idea how to continue to live. She had nothing left to give. She had lost faith and didn't believe in anything anymore. She was lost and weary.

When Beverly came to The Sophia Way shelter, Beverly was homeless, unemployed, with her 20-year-old son still dependent on her for support. Since The Sophia Way is focused on shelter for women only, we had to find a separate place for her son to stay.

Beverly was a strong-willed person. At the shelter she learned to adapt to a variety of personalities. She worked with her case manager and together they created a plan for Beverly. They worked to discover paths to take in her search for independent housing and employment.

Beverly had a marketable skill - she was a registered Certified Nursing Assistant (CAN). Beverly was able to secure both a job and a slot in a subsidized housing program. Moving into her own apartment, with her own furniture, was a meaningful experience for Beverly. She allowed the experience to renew her.

She worked hard, continuing to further her career as best she could. Reuniting with her son, Beverly continued to blossom. The Sophia Way believed in Beverly, helping her stand on her own feet and move forward with hope.

The mission of The Sophia Way is to help end homelessness for adult women in King County by providing shelter, life skills training, social services and supportive permanent housing, offering a path from homelessness to stable independent living.


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