“Contrary to the prevailing perception, there are many women experiencing homelessness in East King County...” said Helen Leuzzi, Executive Director and Founder of The Sophia Way.
Bellevue, WA (PRWEB) October 25, 2012
The Sophia Way, a non-profit organization seeking to end homelessness for adult women in East King County, is delighted to announce the opening of Sophia’s Place located at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Bellevue. Sophia’s Place is a multi- service facility for women experiencing homelessness, which has been made possible by the donation of space from St. Luke’s congregation, and will house The Sophia Way and YWCA Angeline’s Eastside Women’s Center. The new shelter space will double current capacity, with cubicle style bedrooms, a dining/classroom area as well as a large hygiene center. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, open to the community, will take place on November 1st from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with ceremonies at 3:30 p.m. to honor the many benefactors and volunteers who made the creation of Sophia’s Place at St. Luke’s possible.
“Contrary to the prevailing perception, there are many women experiencing homelessness in East King County who are chronically without financial resources to meet basic life safety needs,” said Helen Leuzzi, Executive Director and Founder of The Sophia Way. She explains, “Being homeless is not a descriptor of the woman who is experiencing homelessness; it is a circumstance being experienced by a woman. Women experiencing homelessness come from all walks of life. Surprisingly, elderly and disabled women are the fastest growing sectors in this demographic due to many factors such as elder abuse, loss of spouse, increase in rent and simply not able to cover rising costs with their social security checks.”
Joining The Sophia Way at St Luke’s is YWCA Angeline’s Eastside Women’s Center, which will provide services to meet critical needs and promote self-sufficiency to women during the day. The YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish has a proud history of advancing the quality of life for women of all ages, races and faiths, and their families. YWCA CEO Sue Sherbrooke says, “The YWCA is proud to partner with The Sophia Way and St Luke’s in offering homeless women and women at risk of becoming homeless a warm, welcoming place on the Eastside to rebuild their lives.”
The Sophia Way also operates and manages the Eastside Winter Shelter for women and children, and will successfully double its capacity this year. Beginning November 1st, the Eastside Winter Shelter will be open for five months. In addition to its two shelter programs, The Sophia Way provides life skills training, case management, and many other social services enabling a path from homelessness to stable independent living. The Sophia Way operates a community home and dozens of apartments throughout the Eastside.
Helen Leuzzi and Sue Sherbrooke, on behalf of their respective organizations, welcome all community leaders, legislators and citizens to join in a celebration of the new Sophia’s Place at St. Luke’s in recognition of The Sophia Way and the YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish continued work to provide opportunities, promote healing and ignite hope for women less fortunate.
About The Sophia Way:
The mission of The Sophia Way is to help end homelessness for adult women in East King County by providing shelter, life skills training, social services and supportive permanent housing, offering a path from homelessness to stable independent living. We believe in the necessity of shelter and safe living conditions for all persons. Our goal is to address this fundamental need of citizens of our community and improve the quality of life of adult homeless women. We believe in the equality of all, cherishing diversity, and treating each person we meet—client, volunteer, donor, staff—with the same respect, dignity, and care.
Those in need may call 425.463.6285 for further information about The Sophia Way. For further information about YWCA Angeline’s Eastside Women’s Center, please call 425.454.5001.