We believe every person has the right to housing.
We embrace cultural diversity, supporting individuality and personal growth.
We believe in empowering women to achieve their personal objectives.
We partner with women by asking how we can best support them in their journey.
We invite participation and advocacy from within the entire community.
In 2006, a woman experiencing homelessness walked into a church in Redmond and simply asked: “Where can I go tonight?” There was no answer for her that night, but her question led to the setting up of a far greater and wider offering of support services that is now The Sophia Way.
Read more about the history of The Sophia Way
“Housing First” is an evidence-based practice that has been embraced by many organizations across the country. It views housing as the foundation for life improvement and enables access to permanent housing without prerequisites or conditions beyond those of a typical renter.
Why Housing First? The four biggest needs that we see in women experiencing homelessness are “Where can I sleep tonight?” “Where can I eat?” “Where can I have a shower and wash my clothes?” “Where can I find a place to store my belongings safely”?
When women are thinking only about “where” (the present) and surviving, it is impossible for them to focus on the future and on goals that will help them be stable and self-sufficient. We believe that once they are housed, in a stable, safe, secure environment, they are better able to set personal goals and overcome barriers to sustaining permanent housing such as mental illness, substance abuse, and unemployment.
Through continuing housing case management, we focus on each woman’s individual needs. We ensure that she has the autonomy, dignity, and choice to face her challenges when she is ready, and to define and shape her quality of life.
Our belief that “every woman is housing ready right now” is the foundation of our work. With the support of you (our community) we know we can help more women experiencing homelessness – our mothers, sisters, aunts, grandmothers – find a safe, warm place to call home.
"I want to say thank you for giving me a place to have the holiday season and every other day."
"You have been my pillow of support when nobody else heard my cries."
"A BIG Thank You!! I am so happy in my new place. All of this could not have been done without you. It means more than you know."