11 Jan Shelter Hours Extended During Cold Wave
BELLEVUE, WASHINGTON (Jan 11, 2020) – Our region is facing a cold-weather wave that is brutal to those experiencing homelessness. In this difficult time, The Sophia Way is extending its hours so that there are no gaps in our service to provide care and support the women in need of shelter.
Currently, the women access The Sophia Way Day Center from 8 AM – 3 PM. When the center closes at 3 PM, they must find a warm, dry place to stay and travel by bus to our rotating Emergency Shelter at 8:30 PM. That is a five-hour gap when the women have to find a place to survive the biting cold and rain, layering on every piece of clothing to keep warm.
These past weeks, our shelters have been filled to capacity, and our staff and volunteers have stepped up wholeheartedly to support the women with what they need. As the weather worsens and snow is imminent, The Sophia Way will follow King County guidelines to extend its hours of service, if the temperatures are below freezing (32 deg), to ensure that the women can remain safe and warm:
- Sophia Way Day Center will open from 8 AM to 6:30 PM
3032 Bellevue Way, NE Bellevue Way, WA 98004 (behind St. Luke’s Lutheran Church)
- Sophia Way Emergency Shelter will open from 7 PM to 8 AM
Temple B’nai Torah, 15727 NE 4th St, Bellevue, WA 98008. Ph: 425.463.6254
To ensure continued service, each shelter has been stocked with the necessary supplies, including ice melt; frozen meals if meal donors are unable to make the trek on snowy streets. Staff has portable batteries in case of power outages.
Moreover, if an emergency is declared or bus service is canceled, both Day Center and Emergency Shelter will be kept open 24/7. Last year, in February, a woman tragically died, searching for the Emergency Shelter. The Sophia Way is doing everything possible to ensure this will not happen again.
“While this is an unfunded expense, this is the right thing to do,” said Alisa Chatinsky, Interim Executive Director. “Our focus is on ensuring the health, well-being, and safety of the women we serve. This is an expensive undertaking, which we hope the community will contribute to this critical and life-saving need. Donations can be made online at sophiaway.org. Donors can click on to make a tax-deductible donation.”
About The Sophia Way
The Sophia Way’s goal is to make homelessness rare, brief, and one-time for women. Its shelters provides nourishing meals and a warm, safe environment to sleep. Case managers focus on their overall wellbeing – physical, mental, and financial. The aim is to move the women into a stable and secure environment – their own home. Find more information at sophiaway.org or call 425.463.6285.
Contact: Sujata Agrawal, Communications Manager, The Sophia Way