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A Place to Call Home

The women we serve are facing hard times as they search for a place to call home. But they are resilient. They inspire us with their strength and determination to rebuild their lives. Their stories impel us to do more!

Sally was working at her job when a 185-pound ladder fell on her, herniating a disc. Doctors told her she could not go back to work. Without a job, Sally lost her home. But she did not lose hope. Sally shares the struggles of her......

Belinda came to Sophia’s Place Extended-Stay Shelter in May 2020. At that time, the shelter was operating at the Red Lion Hotel. Belinda had one goal – to move into housing within six months (the period of time she could stay at the shelter). But,......

Roslyn is the kind of person who is always there for others – who lifts you up with a smile and just the right words. In fact, she gave up her Seattle apartment a couple years ago to care for her sick mom in Texas.......

In the summer of 2020, Janis moved into her own apartment. After 13 years of housing instability, she finally has a place to call home. Hear Janis share her story...

A wife, mother and, veteran…homeless after 67 years. Amara had not planned to be homeless. No one does. However, it is a narrative that is playing across the United States – people struggling with homelessness in their twilight years, at a time when they should......

Telling women that they finally have their own place is one of the things that our case mangers look forward to the most! The last few weeks of December were happy days for some of the women we serve, as they moved into housing. Please......

We first met Kathy when she arrived on a winter night in 2017 at our Emergency Shelter. Kathy had been on the road for a long time, traveling across the country to escape domestic violence. She was able to find a place in our Night......

When Kathy* moved into her new home, The Sophia Way board and staff received an email: “I did a move-in recently and wanted to send some photos to you! This is Kathy’s new bedroom, which has many items provided by us, including the bed frame and......

The most gratifying moment for us at The Sophia Way is when we can move women into housing. Both, the woman and her case manager at The Sophia Way, share in the sheer joy and relief! Recently, Luciana* moved into her apartment. Read about her......

After struggling for 10 long years, Zandra moved into her new apartment this past Saturday and will be living independently for the first time in six years! Because of her health, Zandra was not able to do most of the physical moving herself. We called......

Thanks to you, Ie’Shaei’e now has a home. Ie’Shaei’e was born poor and has remained poor all her life. She spent her teenage years living in a car. At 14, she developed a drug addiction, which led to a criminal record. For ten years, she......

My name is Cyprine. I am a resident at Sophia’s Place and originally from Kenya, on the east coast of Africa. Trust me; it would be a long list if I had to list everything I am grateful for. Sophia’s Place residents’ hope and healing......

We share an extract from an email from a client. She had been in and out of shelters for seven years. Her disability had acted as a barrier to steady employment and housing. After coming to our shelter, she has found employment as a caregiver......

Esther recently found her new home. You help make good things happen! Esther is 56 years old. She is from one of the Caribbean Islands and moved to the U.S. a few years back because of the political unrest and lack of economic opportunities in her......

Lisa (name changed) came to our Day Center a few months back. She is originally from North Carolina and drove all the way to Seattle 3 years ago. Since then, she has been living out of her car at a safe parking program. Now, she......

We are ending 2016 on a high note of Gratitude! Beverly moved into her own home in the last days of December. She is one of the 22 women whom you helped to find stable and permanent housing. Beverly has been associated with us for......

This is a letter which we received from a woman who is on her journey to independence. It’s the reason we do what we do and inspires us to help more women with your support! To The Sophia Way, I am currently in a program......

This is Beverly’s story in her own words: I am writing on behalf of thousands of women who are homeless;  mostly unheard, definitely misrepresented and all victims of prejudicial thinking by the majority of Americans. SURVIVAL IS FULL-TIME JOB. No one on the planet chooses......

As I walk outside, I’m overcome with joy. I’ve been in my new place for close to 90 days. Reflecting on being here, words run through my mind: Gratitude is an attitude where gratefulness exudes and gives you the courage to care. Many days life’s struggles seemed to be......

Murray, Alysia, and their 5-month old son drove all the way from New York to Seattle. After spending all the money they had in their car repairs, they could not afford an apartment in the area. They are staying at our Emergency Winter Shelter for......