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A Home of Their Own

The women we serve are struggling, yet they are strong and courageous. They inspire us with their resilience and determination. Their stories impel us to do more!

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......

My name is Lonnie. I live on $721 a month and $492 of it goes to my rent. I used to be homeless and then, thankfully, I got into the 6-month shelter program at Sophia Way. When I became more stable, I was so thankful......

This is an email from one of our women to her Case Manager. Such messages keep us going… “I am taking a break from my incredibly INTENSE finals. I am thinking about how incredibly grateful I am to be right here, right now. I know there......

Betty got laid off from the hospital she worked at for years. Then her apartment rent skyrocketed by $300. Because both dramatic changes happened at the same time, she could not afford her home anymore. When Betty got her eviction notice, she had to leave......

Susan, (not her real name,) was just about to run out of money. She had been paying premium prices to stay at a motel, and even though she saved money by paying for a week’s stay at a time, it was still much more than......