14 Aug A Message from our Day Center Manager
I started working at The Sophia Way Day Center in November of 2016 right as “the busy season” was in full swing.
As the summer months approached, everyone warned me that warm weather would bring lower numbers and slower days. Although the weather has now warmed up, the laughter, smiles, conversation, and number of women served has not decreased. Going into August, we are still serving anywhere from 30-45 women on a given day, have provided over 200 referrals, and have served well over 1,700 lunches since June 1st.
Our day center community continues to grow as we have on average five new clients every week, who are referred to us by their friends, 211, or other organizations. We have been able to help 18 day center clients obtain housing since January 2017 and eight women are very close to finalizing their housing with our help. The staff, volunteers, and other participants of the day center celebrate the accomplishments of these women.
One of our clients recently wrote a letter about her experience at The Sophia Way. I believe this letter accurately demonstrates how we want every woman to feel about their experience while utilizing our services:
“Sophia Way’s day center is truly a blessing. I am working and living in my car because I cannot afford even a studio in Bellevue. Having a safe, friendly place to go for a hot meal, shower, laundry, and a friendly face has been a lifesaver. This is a wonderful program and the staff is so professional and kind. I actually look forward to stopping by on my day off. Carla, Gretchen, and Muna are very good at what they do and I believe they genuinely care about us. The day center is like home, which means a lot when you technically don’t have one.”
As the day center manager, I feel that our program creates an empowering and welcoming environment for the women individually and as a community. Our team receives constant positive feedback, compliments, and thank you cards from our ladies. We feel validated that our efforts to make every woman who walks through the door feel cared about, supported, and worthy is effective and impactful.
I would like to thank all of our donors, volunteers, and individuals who support The Sophia Way and our mission. Our day center community is thriving because of your contributions and efforts. Without your kind hearts, time, and support we would not be able to serve the amazing women that we do or serve them as effectively as we do.
– Carla Walp, Day Center Manager