Gratitude Report 2017 – Voices of Our Supporters
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Gratitude Report 2017

Voices of Our Supporters

“When I was 44 years old, I was so depressed that I could not work or function for a year. I have always felt that I could’ve been living on the street had it not been for the support of my family and friends. I could also afford to get the medical help and counseling I needed. Since then, I have a place in my heart for all the people experiencing homelessness because I know that could have been me had it not been for the grace of God and the loving support I had. I truly believe homelessness can happen to anyone.”

Christie Upjohn

“We donate meals to The Sophia Way every month and we love it. It is the one time when my entire family comes together. It has now become a tradition and inculcates a sense of community giving in my kids. In fact, my daughter mentioned the meal-making process in one of her essays in school and I was so touched. Thank you, Sophia Way for giving me and my family an opportunity to come together and serve the community.”


“Volunteering at The Sophia Way is a wonderful opportunity for me to give something back to my community. No matter how large or small the task, volunteers consistently give what is called ‘a true gift of self’. The results of our efforts shine through in the faces of individuals who find a job or secure a decent place to live. They take pride in their accomplishments and we, as volunteers, share in that pride knowing we help to make it happen. We are dedicated to reduce homelessness.”

Sue Fazio

“I reached a deeper understanding of women who are experiencing homelessness when I learned that they are always (day or night) worried about their safety, causing them to be continually exhausted. I have heard many women describe their first night at Sophia’s Place shelter as the best night’s sleep they have had in a long time.”

Janet Olin

“A few years ago, I delivered dinner, donated by a Newport Presbyterian Church woman’s group, to The Sophia Way shelter. The shelter staff who greeted me warmly was very appreciative of the meal and explained how much it would mean to the women who would be arriving soon. I walked away thinking that what we had offered was so little, so inconsequential, yet so needed. I wondered why I never saw these women on the streets in Bellevue. I knew that I needed to learn more and to do more. Life isn’t fair, but I know I’m helping make a positive difference in a small way for the women at the shelter.”

Pat Landy