The Sophia Way | Helen Leuzzi, Founding Executive Director
Assisting women from homelessness to stable independent living.
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Helen Leuzzi, Founding Executive Director

The inception of The Sophia Way can be traced back to the enduring passion and vision of an extraordinary woman – Helen Leuzzi. Many philanthropists donate money or inspire others. Helen took the idea of sheltering and supporting homeless women from an inspiration to a full blown social service agency, with hundreds of volunteers, paid staff, community, government and foundational support, and a record of meeting the needs of women in crisis. The Sophia Way is a living-breathing legacy of Helen Leuzzi.

Helen’s involvement in social causes has a lengthy history. Most recently, Helen served as the Outreach Chair at Bellevue First congregational Church (BFCC) from 2006 to 2011. During her time as Outreach Chair, Helen spearheaded a grassroots group that saw a need to serve homeless women on the eastside. As this effort took root, first becoming a day center and then a night center, Helen assumed the role of executive director of the night center, the genesis of what is now called The Sophia Way, a non-profit social service agency.

Helen Leuzzi, Founder

Under her strong leadership The Sophia Way has matured from a very small organization to an organization that today serves hundreds of women as they regain their independence and financial stability on their journey of renewal. Helen has worked 80 or 90 hour weeks for years, a significant portion of which without any compensation, doing absolutely everything needed to support women experiencing homelessness, listening to their stories and adapting the services offered based on their needs.

Helen Leuzzi was a tireless and outstanding advocate for women in need. As the Executive Director and founder of The Sophia Way, she was instrumental in changing and improving many lives – not only the lives of the women The Sophia Way serves – but thousands of people who knew her, have been inspired by her undying passion and perseverance.

Helen passed away in August, 2016.

Today, we live Helen’s legacy. In continuing and expanding on the work that Helen has started, The Sophia Way strives to further Helen’s dreams of providing shelter and services to women in need.