16 Aug Thank you, Microsoft Azure team!
Thank you, Microsoft Azure team, for developing a client information portal for The Sophia Way. The portal will be able to capture all data about the women who visit our shelter so that we can better serve them.
This initiative was part of the Microsoft Hackathon this year.
We have several programs that provide various levels of support to women experiencing homelessness. Our goal is to ensure that every woman who visits our shelters is cared for and given what she needs and more importantly, we have ongoing and updated information about her.
Our biggest challenge is to maintain a database/portal of women experiencing homelessness, who visit our shelters. Currently, we manage our intake processes fashioned with spreadsheets and physical paper records. This is not scalable. Paper records occupy space, which is always a premium. Also if a woman comes back a few years later, we want to be able to look up her profile to provide an individual plan for her. Today that involves combing through physical records and looking up many spreadsheets. The information is also duplicated in several spreadsheets with no way to reconcile the information.
The Microsoft Azure Team has built an end-to-end solution that allows staff from all programs to be able to capture client (woman experiencing homelessness) data in a secure, scalable, and privacy compliant way. They have built the necessary applications and infrastructure, including an identity in the cloud (using Azure AD B2C). This solution takes us forward in the direction we need. It helps streamline communication between all our programs so that women can be supported and housed as quickly as possible. It will make our work more effective in helping us to serve our women better.
At the end of the project, we expect to have a working proof of concept that would be easy to deploy as a long-term solution by The Sophia Way.