24 Sep Message from the ED: September 2016
As we move into fall, the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer and colder. However, on October 15th our Emergency Winter Shelter will be opening!
I’m so pleased, extremely thankful, and relieved to announce that we will be partnering with Lakeside Christian Church in Kirkland as our host site for the fall. Pastor Vince Armfield and his congregation have generously and warmly welcomed The Sophia Way into their beautiful space that is conveniently located on a major bus line. Easy access to frequent transit is an extremely important component in having an impactful winter shelter since most of our clients depend on transit to get around.
We are excited about working with the church members and community volunteers who are interested in supporting the shelter through various hospitality opportunities. I want to thank all of the Churches that were approached to be possible sites and their quick efforts to discuss this request among their leadership councils and congregations. It takes a lot of work to put something like this together and I appreciate our faith based partners efforts, The Sophia Way board members, as well as officials from our Eastside cities.
Finally, if you are interested in donating a meal to the Women’s Emergency Winter Shelter, please visit our website and you can sign up on our meal’s calendar. Volunteers from our community provide a hot meal every single night from October 15th until May 15th so there are plenty of opportunities to help our most vulnerable neighbors.
I look forward to making this a safe, warm, and life-changing season for women on the Eastside who are experiencing homelessness.
Angela Murray, Executive Director