Human Services

The Sophia Way

Assisting Women from homelessness to independence

Bellevue, WA


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

Ruling Year


Interim Executive Director

Alisa Chatinsky

Main Address

11061 NE 2nd St, Suite 223,

Bellevue, WA 98004 USA


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





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

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

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

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Day Center

Extended-Stay Shelter

Emergency Shelter

Housing Programs

Where we work

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

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)

Trained and professional staff Supportive donors and funders Dedicated volunteers

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

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