Each woman receives a hand sewn quilt when she enters the shelter. She is given a cubicle, furnished with a single bed, a bedside table, and a cupboard and hooks to hang things, a mirror, as well as a bedside lamp.
This is her personal place where she can leave all her things securely and return to in the evenings. This ‘ownership of space’ is, therapeutically, the first step for the women to reclaim their lives and begin anew.
Every night, 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 a.m.
Facilities: prepared meals, laundry, showers, computers and phones
“I became homeless when I lost my job and couldn’t renew my lease. I had no family, and nowhere to go. When I came to The Sophia Way I was happy, grateful, and relieved at the same time because Daisy (my dog) and I had a warm place to sleep at night and food to eat. We had beds and showers. We had what we needed to survive.”
“I came to The Sophia Way from a hospital room. A failed suicide attempt after an eviction, relapse and the loss of my family support left me homeless and hopeless. The stability in Sophia’s Place as allowed me to recover from abuse, alcoholism, and major depression. During my stay, I found a job, became active in recovery, learned about resources, and finally moved into an apartment I can afford by myself.”
“What Sophia’s Place Shelter Program does for women is that it not only provides a roof, showers, and food, but the caring staff also guide and encourage you. It was nice to be able to come in in the evening and relax, to take a shower and feel clean. I had my own space there and the staff made sure that our space was respected and quiet so that we could relax and feel safe.”