01 Nov Message from the ED: November 2015
I got a call last week. There was a homeless woman in Issaquah; she’s 72 and literally sleeping on the streets. The blustery fall weather is upon us and it’s dark by 4:30 pm. While this is my job and I’m consistently thinking about our women experiencing homelessness, it resonates with me, even more, when I know women, especially at the age of 72, are out there in the rain and the cold.
Last week, the Seattle City Mayor and the King County Executive issued The Local Proclamation of Emergency on Homelessness. In King County, nearly 10,000 people are experiencing homelessness on any given day, up from 8,000 people in 2005. There has been a 21% increase in the number of people homeless since 2014 and so far this year, approximately 66 homeless people have died.
Here at The Sophia Way, we have noticed an increase in the number of women requesting shelter. For September and October, 150 women called to get into our shelter. We only had room for six. Our shelter is at full capacity so unfortunately we have to refer most women to our emergency shelter or Day Center services. There’s clearly an increased need for our services from women experiencing homelessness.
Whether it’s our Night Shelter program, Day Center, Emergency Shelter, transitional housing or our permanent supportive housing, The Sophia Way is here to help, and your support strengthens us to better serve our women with care, compassion and dignity. Homelessness is a community problem and can be made rare through a community effort. And if one becomes homeless, we can make it a brief and one-time occurrence only.
You have helped us achieve housing for 32 women since January. In the last month alone, five women have moved into housing. Thank you for your continued support. Please consider making a gift donation today and help us continue to get women out of the cold and into safe, warm and affordable housing.
– Angela Murray, Executive Director