Media Reports

Tips, Inspiration Aplenty at Women’s Leadership Conference in Bellevue

Business executives, nonprofit leaders, and, yes, a hostage negotiator entertained, informed, and inspired 250 attendees Tuesday at the Bellevue Chamber’s 2023 Women’s Leadership Conference. This year’s theme was “Intentionally Me: Calling the Shots & Connecting the Dots.”
Dietra Clayton, Managing Executive Director at The Sophia Way spoke at a conference panel.

425 Business: March 1, 2023

While some U.S. cities use one-shot COVID-19 vaccines for homeless populations, Washington is still discussing

At The Sophia Way, a women’s shelter on the Eastside with more than 60 residents, director Alisa Chatinsky estimates about a quarter of the women are over 65 and eligible for vaccines. But even though clinics take place at the nearby Microsoft campus and volunteers have offered to drive shelter residents, few women have gotten vaccinated.

The Seattle Times: March 11, 2021

Local shop owner donates face shields to The Sophia Way

Kirkland Reporter: September 22, 2020

Don’t close King County’s hotel homeless shelters

The makeshift shelter in Bellevue has been a respite for many women. It’s set to close at the end of August.
– Alisa Chatinsky, ED, The Sophia Way

Crosscut: August 10, 2020

Seattle-area shelters struggle to get clients into coronavirus isolation and quarantine, as county motel opens slowly

Homelessness was at crisis levels in the United States. COVID-19 has put this already vulnerable population even more at risk.

Seattle Times: March 25, 2020

Governments Are Telling Americans to Stay at Home. But Thousands of People Don’t Have One.

Homelessness was at crisis levels in the United States. COVID-19 has put this already vulnerable population even more at risk.

ProPublica: March 25, 2020

Bellevue emergency shelter helps homeless women

The Sophia Way’s emergency shelter in Bellevue is providing a safe and warm place for as many as 50 women to spend the night.

King5 News: December 5, 2019

Women and families homeless shelter in Kirkland receives grant

Premera Blue Cross selected Catholic Community Services and the Sophia Way as recipients for the $250,000 grant.

Kirkland Reporter: September 16, 2019

Local church closes, donates assets to nonprofits

Bellevue Reporter: August 7, 2019

Thank you residents | Letter

Kirkland Reporter: May 23, 2019

A public health emergency

An op-ed article by Cynthia Brown, Director of Emergency Services, The Sophia Way

Redmond Reporter: April 25, 2019

City breaks ground on a new shelter

Q13 News: April 10, 2019

Kirkland Permanent Shelter Groundbreaking This Week

The new 24-7 permanent shelter along Northeast 80th Street will serve families with children and single women experiencing homelessness.

Bellevue Patch: April 9, 2019

Symetra Donation to The Sophia Way Will Help Keep Eastside Emergency Shelter for Women Open Year-Round Again in 2019

Symetra, a national provider of employee benefits, annuities and life insurance, has committed a second $100,000 donation to The Sophia Way, a Bellevue, Washington-based nonprofit dedicated to helping end homelessness for single adult women in King County. Like the company’s June 2018 gift, the funding will allow the Eastside Emergency Shelter for Women to remain open from mid-May through October. Symetra CEO Margaret Meister announced the donation during her keynote remarks at the Bellevue Downtown Association’s 45th Annual Celebration at Meydenbauer Center.

Business Wire: February 8, 2019

Bellevue Patch: February 11, 2019

Bellevue Downtown Association hosts panel on homelessness in Bellevue

A discussion on the data, causes and solutions to homelessness was held with Hopelink CEO Lauren Thomas, Bellevue Police Chief Steven Mylett, The Sophia Way executive director Angela Murray, Bellevue School District’s executive director of community development Judy Buckmaster, and Congregations for the Homeless (CFH) executive director David Bowling. The panel was moderated by Bellevue LifeSpring executive director Jennifer Fischer.

Bellevue Reporter: December 14, 2018

Upcoming shelter for women and families offers hope to Eastside

A shelter for women and families with children experiencing homelessness is one step closer to becoming a reality in Kirkland..

Redmond Reporter: November 5, 2018

Karina O’Malley just kept finding new ways to help — until it became something big

Karina O’Malley, The Sophia Way Board Member, will be given the Change Agent award at Real Changes’s annual breakfast on September 18 at the Washington State Convention Center.

Real Change: September 12, 2018

Eastside groups discuss homelessness and affordable housing at community events

Five area service providers recently hosted a joint event to educate community members about the impacts of homelessness.

Bellevue Reporter: May 29, 2018

Karina O’Malley’s effort to help homeless on Eastside recognized by Balducci with MLK Medal of Distinguished Service

The annual presentation of the MLK Medal of Distinguished Service is the Council’s way of thanking those who have made a particularly strong impact on the county and to encourage others to renew their dedication to serve their community.

Claudia Balducci’s blog: May 1, 2018

Eastside homeless shelter for women and families scheduled to break ground 2019

The facility will be the first of its kind on the Eastside.

Bellevue Reporter: April 26, 2018

Local organization helps women get off the streets and into homes

The Sophia Way aims to eventually open a permanent emergency shelter in Kirkland.

Kirkland Reporter: January 3, 2018

Sophia Way looking to expand day shelter to weekends

Bellevue Reporter: November 8, 2016

A New Shelter. A Better Tomorrow.

The Sophia Way, a non-profit organization seeking to end homelessness for adult women, is delighted to announce the opening of Sophia’s Place located at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Bellevue.

Bellevue Patch: November 6, 2012