Friday, July 17, 2015

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July 2015

It is only 2 weeks into July and already three women from Sophia's Place shelter have found housing with the help of our case managers! That is a total of 22 women in 2015 that have moved from the streets, to shelter, to their own home. 

When Maria first visited our Day Center with her two children on a hot June day, she came to eat a meal and take a break inside from the sun. While there she met our Day Center Manager Carrie, using her limited English she explained that she was unable to communicate her family's need for housing to King County Housing Authority or understand their emails. Carrie's days are usually filled with organizing meals, keeping the laundry machines going, and distributing goods, but over the next 2 weeks she advocated for the family via several emails with KCHA. Today the family is secure and living in their own apartment! Carrie says "this is the first time I had the chance to help a family move into a home, it feels really great to be able to help them".                    
                                                                                   (clients name has been  changed for story)

Executive Director Angela Murray is the featured speaker at the Eastside Interfaith Social Concerns Council on Tuesday, July 14th. EICCS is a forum for Eastside congregations to listen to one another, the community, and to agencies providing services.  The Sophia Way was originally formed under EICCS.

The meeting will be held at noon at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Factoria.
Pictured (Clockwise from top left pane): Volunteer Coordinator Kavya and Companions Carol and Peg; Development Manager Robin and Assistance League of the Eastside; Volunteer Alison's granddaughter; board member Janet, Intern Tara, and Pathways Coordinator Karie.

We had lovely summer evening with great company at our volunteer appreciation picnic. The Sophia Way volunteers are our partnersand we are thankful for all of the energy, intellect and compassion they bring to every task!
Safeway Stocks Pantry

This month we had a visit from Safeway Corporate who brought in several boxes of food and drink to fill our pantry! Stacy Smalls and Sarah Osborne from Safeway set up the delivery of much needed pantry staples - 
thank you Safeway!

Stacy cares deeply about women struggling with homelessness in our community and we are happy to have such a committed community member as this 
year's Luncheon Chair. 

Neiman Marcus 

In June Neiman Marcus Bellevue raised funds, donated sundries, and served a gorgeous healthy meal to the woman at Sophia's Place shelter. The Sophia Way is thankful for their spirit and generosity!

If you would like to set up a donation collection at your workplace, church or with friends,please contact Robin at
Pathways Finance Class

Our pathways program is designed to meet the needs of the women in our program to acquire new skills. Last monthBhaj Townsend from Focus and Sustain led a series of classes on empowerment through managing financesand reflecting on ones relationship with money. The participants enjoyed and learned so much from the class that Bhaj added an extra class!
Summer Movies in the Park, August 25th

Please join us for a fun family evening at Summer Outdoor Movies in the Park, this year at Hidden Valley Sports Park.  On the night dedicated to giving to The Sophia Way the movie title is "Night at the Museum, Secret of the Tomb" (PG). If you are interested in helping with collecting donations or handing out pamphlets please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at