Human Services

The Sophia Way

Assisting Women from homelessness to independence

Bellevue, WA   |  www.sophiaway.org

Mission

To end homelessness for women in King County by providing shelter, social services, and permanent housing with support.

Ruling year info

2012

Interim Executive Director

Alisa Chatinsky

Main address

11061 NE 2nd St, Suite 223,

Bellevue, WA 98004 USA

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EIN

45-4084539

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Sophia Way provides life-saving services and programs, supporting women experiencing homelessness in King County. In 2006, our founder, Helen Luezzi, saw a need and responded by working with others in the community to initially open Angeline's Day Center, a place of shelter for homeless women during the day on weekdays. In 2008, The Sophia Way was founded, providing overnight shelter for women in need, case management, rent subsidies, and services to support them on their path to housing. We are committed to making homelessness rare, one-time, and brief. As we undertake these efforts, new approaches to solving homelessness emerge, with a greater emphasis on prevention, rapid rehousing, and housing first approach.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Day Center

At the Day Center, we provide immediate and much-needed services, every day of the week. Women can do laundry and take a shower. They also have access to phones and computers. Every day we provide a nourishing lunch prepared by generous volunteers. Many of the women have diabetes or other health challenges, and our emphasis on is giving them healthy meals. The women also benefit from the different resource referrals and service providers including counseling, health checkups, legal assistance, resume help and job opportunities.

Population(s) Served
Females

Our program provides 21 women six months of stability. They are given semi-private cubicle furnished with a bed and a lockers, and served healthy meals every day. Woven throughout all our programs are supportive wrap around services including housing case management, financial coaching, and employment services. Our goal is to provide a continuum of care and services which guide women from homelessness into housing.

Population(s) Served
Females

The shelter provides women a warm, safe place to sleep and hot dinner. The shelter is hosted by the faith communities.

Population(s) Served
Females

Our overall goal is to help women move from temporary shelter to transitional & permanent housing as quickly as possible.

Population(s) Served
Females

Where we work

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

The Sophia Way is committed to supporting women experiencing homelessness and moving them into housing, making homelessness rare, one-time, and brief. We also are committed to working with other organizations to raise awareness of homelessness in King County in by promoting legislative measures to end homelessness in the community we serve.

1. Increase capacity 2. Increase awareness of the Emergency and Day Center services 3. Conduct mobile outreach so staff connect and deliver life-saving services to women surviving on the streets. 4. Increase accessibility to the Emergency Shelter and Day Center. 5. Provide targeted case management services. 6. Equip and incentivize clients to collaborate with us in transitioning to housing. 7. Educate clients on the support and resources available when they move into independent housing. 8. Decrease length of stays across our programs 9. Find more affordable housing (low-income or market rate) 10. Increase move-on strategy (moving current shelter clients into permanent housing)

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Increase in the number of moving from shelter to housing.

In 2017 • 125 women moving into their own home • 77 women found a place in our Night Shelter program • 232 women found shelter at our Emergency Shelter • 490 women served at our Day Center

Financials

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Keywords

homelessness, shelter, women, bellevue, place to sleep at night