The Sophia Way | Susan
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Susan

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 she could afford.

Susan had recently lived in a lovely apartment in Queen Anne, but steady work had tapered off, her rent rates suddenly rose, and a mild elbow injury was making it difficult to find more work – that was the tipping point. She lost her home. And now she was about to lose her shelter and be out on the streets. She only had enough money for one more night in the motel. That’s when she came to the Sophia’s Place Day Center.

Susan received assistance and a listening ear at the Day Center from staff that know the ins and outs of various local services agencies. They encouraged her to put her name on the Sophia’s Place Night Shelter vacancy wait list, and assisted her in finding other shelters and transitional housing to apply for, so that she could save what money she was earning and have a little more to work with while she was in transition. Susan cried  tears of relief – she was finally getting the help she needed!

Today is Susan’s birthday. And it will be one to remember, because patience and persistence finally paid off. Today Susan’s turn came and she moved into Sophia’s Place Night Shelter. She will have a safe, secure place to sleep and store her belongings. She will have a case manager cheering her on as they work together to make her a fresh start. And, as she remarked to Day Center staff today, she could finally stabilize and start rebuilding her life.