26 Nov Message from the ED: November 2016
With the days getting shorter and darker, we are pleased to announce that the lights will continue to stay on during the weekends at our drop-in Day Center starting January 1st, 2017!
Having the Day Center open to the women on the weekends has been a major goal for The Sophia Way staff and its Board of Directors for the past two years. There are currently no other such services available for single adult women on Saturday and Sunday on the Eastside. We are so grateful for the Eastside cities granting the additional funding that is needed to extend these operations. Instead of trying to figure out how to survive over the weekends, women, who are experiencing homelessness, can now come to our Day Center to rest, recuperate and recover while they get a warm meal, a hot shower, and access critical human services.
While we greatly appreciate the funding from our Eastside funders, it does not cover the full costs of operating a Day Center 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Like so many of our programs, with the Day Center we depend on our faithful donors to cover the gap in the limited public funding. Cities are stretched thin to pay for a multitude of human service agencies, with The Sophia Way just being one of many.
So in the next few weeks, when you receive our Annual Fundraising Appeal letter or email, please consider that your donation will be going directly towards the operating costs of keeping our Day Center open on the weekends.
Thank you for helping us give our most vulnerable neighbors an opportunity to feel safe, warm and valued by our community. That’s the first step on the road to recovery and self-dependence.
Angela Murray, Executive Director