An Email
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An Email


Elizabeth was closely associated with The Sophia Way and shared her thoughts in an email in 2011.

I was drawn to Sophia Way when it was one woman’s dream. As others gathered around Helen Leuzzi, the dream took shape, and the plan became a reality at First Congregational Church in Bellevue, with support from many other congregations on the Eastside.

Having been one of those who shared the dream of a program to assist women experiencing homelessness in my area, as I had myself done years before, I got involved in the planning and applied for positions that would put me in direct contact with the women.  I was hired as the first night-shift supervisor and stayed on for seven months, although I am by nature a morning person.

It has been heartening to see the program evolve and improve over time!  The shelter at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church is a far cry from the mats on the floor that we had in those early days! The Sophia Way has supported so many women. And that is wonderful.