The Sophia Way | For the Press
Ending homelessness for women
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A brief overview of The Sophia Way

About Us

The Sophia Way is committed to ending homelessness for women in East King County.  The organization began in 2008 in response to a critical need – no shelter existed for women on the Eastside. Since we opened our doors, more than 4,000 women have sought shelter, comfort, and support, and we have been able to help many of them move into their own home.

At The Sophia Way, our goal is on making homelessness rare, brief, and one-time for the women experiencing it. The women who seek support are in survival mode. Our shelters offer them a warm, safe space to take a shower, rest, and sleep, and nourishing food to give them strength. Case managers focus on their overall well-being – physical, mental, and financial. They partner with the women by asking and understanding how best to support them in their journey towards stability and security.

Our work is guided by the Housing First approach, an evidence-based practice that is increasingly being embraced by homeless providers across the nation. The approach views housing as the foundation for life improvement and enables access to permanent housing without prerequisites or conditions beyond those of a typical renter.

Shelters & Housing

Day Center

Immediate services including  meals, laundry, showers, computers, phones, counseling and resource referrals.

Extended-Stay Shelter

For 21 women for six months with supportive housing case management and access to
resources and services.

Emergency Shelter

Safe, warm place to sleep with mats and blankets; hot dinner and cold breakfast.


Transitional and permanent housing with support.