Symetra’s $100,000 Donation Keeps Our Emergency Shelter Open
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Symetra’s $100,000 Donation Keeps Our Emergency Shelter Open

Symetra Steps Forward to Keep the Eastside Emergency Shelter for Women Open with $100,000 Donation to The Sophia Way

BELLEVUE, Wash. — (June 25, 2018) — Symetra, a national provider of employee benefits, annuities and life insurance, has committed a $100,000 donation to The Sophia Way, a Bellevue, Washington-based nonprofit dedicated to helping end homelessness for single adult women in King County. The Symetra funding helped the organization re-open the Eastside emergency shelter for women earlier this month in a new, interim location at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church in Bellevue and keep it operating through the summer. The shelter will ultimately become part of a new, permanent facility in Kirkland for women and families with children scheduled for groundbreaking in 2019.

“The Sophia Way provides such a vital service to women experiencing homelessness in our Eastside community, we were compelled to step up as soon as we understood that even a temporary closure of the emergency shelter could have devastating consequences for those who depend upon it,” said Symetra CEO Margaret Meister. “As Symetra actively explores how we can be part of a comprehensive solution to address the ongoing crisis of homelessness, we’re humbled by the humanitarian work of organizations like The Sophia Way and grateful we could play a role in ensuring there’s an immediate option for shelter for women in need on the Eastside.”

“Symetra’s generous gift has made it possible to keep the shelter for women open during the summer and early fall—a significant milestone for us as it is the first time the shelter will be able to operate year-round.” said Angela Murray, executive director, The Sophia Way. “The women we serve were thrilled to hear the news and expressed their relief at knowing that they will continue to have a safe, supportive place to sleep at night. Symetra has been a longtime supporter of The Sophia Way, and we are deeply appreciative of their commitment to provide comfort and hope to women experiencing homelessness on the Eastside.” 

Symetra’s relationship with the Sophia Way began in 2009, when the organization operated its day center at the Bellevue First Congregational Church’s former location across the street from Symetra headquarters at NE 8th and 108th Avenue NE. The company’s support has expanded over the years to include sponsorship of The Sophia Way’s annual fundraising luncheon event and volunteer support through the Symetra Week of Service. Most recently, as part of the 10th annual Symetra Week of Service, employee-volunteer teams helped prepare the interim shelter location for the June 11 re-opening by cleaning the facility and laundering bedding.

 

About Symetra

Symetra Financial Corporation is a diversified financial services company based in Bellevue, Wash. In business since 1957, Symetra provides employee benefits, annuities and life insurance through a national network of benefit consultants, financial institutions, and independent agents and advisors. For more information, visit www.symetra.com.

About the Sophia Way

The Sophia Way is a vital Eastside program exclusively dedicated to helping end homelessness for single adult women in King County. Founded in 2008 to address a major gap in the growing population of people losing housing, The Sophia Way has served several thousand women with a comprehensive array of support, the most important of which is help in exiting homelessness. The organization believes every woman is housing ready and works with research-based models to ensure the success of significantly more women each year. For more information, visit www.sophiaway.org.

Contacts:

Symetra: Diana McSweeney at (425) 256-6167 | diana.mcsweeney@symetra.com

The Sophia Way: Linda Benson at (206) 601-1531 | linda@sophiaway.org