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.