History of Sophia’s Place at St. Luke’s
Since opening its doors in December, 2008, The Sophia Way has been unable to fully satisfy the demand for shelter among single, homeless women in East King County. Four out of five women who seek shelter must wait for a spot to open in the current shelter. Fortunately, these waiting women are able to receive some of the support services which The Sophia Way can provide.
In 2010, we began the search for a partner to host a new, expanded shelter for The Sophia Way. We were referred to St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, less than two miles north on Bellevue Way, just south of Highway 520.
St. Luke’s is known for sheltering homeless people through Congregations for Homeless (a shelter for men) for many years, as well as Tent City 4 (2005) and The Sophia Way on weekends. The unfinished daylight basement of the sanctuary at St. Luke’s provides a very suitable 4,256 square foot location for the new, expanded shelter.
In January, 2011, St. Luke’s agreed to host Sophia’s Place on a permanent basis. The Sophia Way began seeking additional partners for funding, design, construction and furnishing the new shelter.
Sophia’s Place formally opened in November of 2012 and began serving homeless women in East King County from this new facility.