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Sally was working at her job when a 185-pound ladder fell on her, herniating a disc. Doctors told her she could not go back to work. Without a job, Sally lost her home. But she did not lose hope. Sally shares the struggles of her...

Belinda came to Sophia's Place Extended-Stay Shelter in May 2020. At that time, the shelter was operating at the Red Lion Hotel. Belinda had one goal – to move into housing within six months (the period of time she could stay at the shelter). But, first,...

Roslyn is the kind of person who is always there for others – who lifts you up with a smile and just the right words. In fact, she gave up her Seattle apartment a couple years ago to care for her sick mom in Texas....

In the summer of 2020, Janis moved into her own apartment. After 13 years of housing instability, she finally has a place to call home. Hear Janis share her story [vc_video link='https://youtu.be/PjzpC4GhhCI']...

A wife, mother and, veteran…homeless after 67 years. Amara had not planned to be homeless. No one does. However, it is a narrative that is playing across the United States – people struggling with homelessness in their twilight years, at a time when they should be...

Telling women that they finally have their own place is one of the things that our case mangers look forward to the most! The last few weeks of December were happy days for some of the women we serve, as they moved into housing. Please read...

We first met Kathy when she arrived on a winter night in 2017 at our Emergency Shelter. Kathy had been on the road for a long time, traveling across the country to escape domestic violence. She was able to find a place in our Night Shelter...

When Kathy* moved into her new home, The Sophia Way board and staff received an email: “I did a move-in recently and wanted to send some photos to you! This is Kathy’s new bedroom, which has many items provided by us, including the bed frame and...

The most gratifying moment for us at The Sophia Way is when we can move women into housing. Both, the woman and her case manager at The Sophia Way, share in the sheer joy and relief! Recently, Luciana* moved into her apartment. Read about her journey...

After struggling for 10 long years, Zandra moved into her new apartment this past Saturday and will be living independently for the first time in six years! Because of her health, Zandra was not able to do most of the physical moving herself. We called on...