Passing on the baton As my journey with The
Sophia Way ends, another begins
Getting the results you want Through support, resources, and most importantly, kindness
Six women moved to independent housing Just in the month of
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on the baton
As my journey with The Sophia Way ends, another begins
How time flies! It's been nine months since I
started here at The Sophia Way. From my first day on the job, I have been
impressed with the level of community support that The Sophia Way was
fortunate to have. The organization had key ingredients for success - a
compelling mission and a track record of positive results, dedicated board
and staff, and huge community support and engagement.
has not been all rosy. There have been ups and downs and some hard
decisions to make. We focused on building on our core strengths and
strengthening our partnerships. After nine months, I'm happy to say that
The Sophia Way is now stronger than ever. Through this time, your support
has helped us stay on course and do what we do best -- assist women from
homelessness to independence. Thank you!
As an Interim Executive Director, my goal is to help an
organization through the period of change and hand over the helm to a
capable hand. I'm excited about the future of The Sophia Way with Angela
Murray coming on board as the new Executive Director next week. Angela
brings a broad range of experience and expertise to this organization. I
will be working closely with her for a smooth transition over the next few
weeks. Please extend a warm welcome to Angela as you have done for me. And
please mark your calendar to attend the meet-and-greet reception for Angela on Friday, May 8.
It's been a pleasure working with you. I look forward to
hearing about The Sophia Way's ongoing success. I'll be reading these
newsletters and plan to attend the Annual Luncheon on October 1.
Thank you for all you do and for your continued support for The Sophia Way!
Interim Executive Director
Getting the results you want
Through support, resources, and most importantly, kindness
Kim recently went through a
divorce after 20 years of marriage. She suddenly found herself in a tough
situation. She had spent the last twenty years supporting her husband in
his career, and now she had to find a job as soon as possible.
Kim spoke at our Luncheon in 2014,
just a week after she received her full time job with benefits
"My first job after my
divorce, I was a lead at a retirement home," she said. "I
reported abuse and neglect. I was demoted and so turned in my keys."
Kim immediately went out looking for a new job, but it was impossible to
keep up with the rent, so she lost her apartment.
Kim accessed the resources
offered by the Emergency Winter Shelter. "That is when I met The
Sophia Way," she said. "When I reached out for help, they were
there to help. Not only there to help, but there to guide those looking to
better their lives."
She stayed at the Emergency
Winter Shelter rather than with friends, because she wanted to learn and to
become independent. Like many women, she transitioned from the Emergency
Winter Shelter to the six-month program at Sophia's Place. She was given
her own quiet space, and she was given access to resources for her job
search, along with guidance and encouragement.
After a few months, Kim moved
on to a six-bedroom transitional housing with a house manager, where she
pays rent. "The Holly House has given me almost complete
independence," she said. "But the Sophia Way is still there if I
need guidance, advice or encouragement. If I need any information about
programs that would help me, they are there."
She mentioned the kindness of
The Sophia Way staff and all the different ways they helped: general
encouragement, financial guidance, emotional guidance, nutrition advice and
exercise tips. She described the staff as non-judgmental and kind. Kim
believes that the kindness the women receive is one of the most important
things about The Sophia Way.
A week before Kim gave her
speech at The Sophia Way Luncheon, she received a big piece of good news.
She was offered a full-time job with full benefits, which would let her
take the next step towards living on her own. Kim described herself as
independent, with confidence that she could stand on her own, thanks to
everything she learned through The Sophia Way.
"You follow this program, you will get results in
life," she said.
Kim has recently produced a song -- Always U -- that will
soon be released for radio and itunes. Follow us on Facebook
and we'll share the link to the song as soon as it is released!
Six women moved to
Just in the month of March!
March was an exciting month
for us! Six women from our Sophia's Place Shelter Program successfully
moved into independent housing -- four of them into permanent housing and
two to transitional housing. We are proud to be part of their journey from
homelessness to independence. And, we are thankful to you for your ongoing
support. None of this would be possible without you!
In addition, two women from
our supportive housing program recently won the housing lottery for new
apartments through Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) in Bellevue. They will be moving into their permanent housing
Join us for GiveBIG
on May 5
Be a champion on the biggest giving day in the Northwest
GiveBIG is an online event coordinated by The Seattle Foundation to promote
charitable giving in our community. A portion of every contribution made
that day, Tuesday, May 5, 2015, will be matched. This is a great way to
stretch your donation dollars and make them go further. We know you receive
many requests for donations on GiveBIG and we hope you will keep The Sophia
Way on the top of your list.
We need your help in reaching
out to community members who care about the issue of homelessness, but may
not be aware of our programs or the need of services on the Eastside. We
know you care passionately about this issue. Now we want you to be an
advocate for the women we serve as well and bring your friends and
co-workers on board. We cannot solve homelessness alone. We need to work
together to make meaningful long-term changes. We count on you as our
partners in this mission.
Sign up now for the shelter tours in April
Join us for one of our
upcoming Sophia's Place shelter tours this month and experience first
hand how your donation dollars are assisting women from homelessness to
independence. The next tour dates are Thursday, April 23rd
and Tuesday, April 28th, both at 2:00 pm.
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
Sophia Way is supported by United Way of King County