13 Dec Message from the ED: 2015, A Review
The year 2015 has been a big year for The Sophia Way. We have gone through several changes that have been instrumental in our pathway to improvement. Our greatest asset is YOU. The Sophia Way is here today because of supporters like you. Your belief in our mission, your dedication in supporting our work, and your generosity with your time and talent in the form of donations and volunteering has been our source of strength. We continue to evolve, grow, and become stronger because of YOU.
While we continue to grow, we are also receiving a record number of requests to enter our shelter and, thankfully, we are also moving more women into housing compared to last year. I am happy to share that as of this week, your support has moved 37 women into permanent or transitional supportive housing. For some women, this will be their first holiday season in a long time that they will actually be in a place they can call home.
While we struggle to completely end homelessness, we now know that if a woman becomes homeless we can, at least, focus on making it brief, rare, or one time. This means that we must address this complex issue as a community.
Thankfully this last month, we have seen in several ways how the community steps up and tackles homelessness head on. We see it in our courageous board member who tirelessly writes letters for a call to action to elected officials bringing much-needed attention to the increasing number of women and families experiencing homelessness right here in our own neighborhoods. We see it when our generous partner, The Red Lion, reserves, at no cost, hotel rooms for unsheltered women and families for the entire month of December – yes, you read that correctly. Wow!
And we see it when our local cities quickly convene and take action when they learn that our emergency winter shelter is full and that there are women and families out in the cold. I am relieved to share with you that the cities have dedicated local funding to open a second Eastside Winter Shelter to address the dire need of giving our most vulnerable population a warm, safe place to stay at night.
Now more than ever, The Sophia Way appreciates your support and invites you to make a financial gift that will help a woman get shelter, food, and a safe place to sleep.
– Angela Murray, Executive Director