Women We Serve NEW v1
A place of hope and change for women.
women experiencing homelessness, women, homeless, homelessness, shelter, safety, stability, women's shelter, day center, Sophia's Place, Helen's Place, Bellevue, Kirkland, homeless in King County, housing
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Women We Serve

Homelessness can be brutal, debilitating, traumatic. Without stable and on-going support, the physical, mental, and emotional stressors are overwhelming. The women who come to our shelter are in a survival mode. The years spent outside, lack of stability, little or no access to health care, age them rapidly. At The Sophia Way, women find warm, safe shelter to rest and heal.


55+ years

Martha worked as a private caregiver in a patient’s home. Sadly, when her patient passed away, she found herself without employment and could not get another job. She was 70 years old.



Dawn endured a long struggle with alcohol addiction, which led to the loss of her job and eviction from her apartment.


Some form of disability

Patty had debilitating mental health issues as she had been victimized throughout her life, going all the way back to early childhood.


DV, a contributing factor

Kathy left everything she had and traveled across the country with her child to escape domestic violence.


Annual income less than $40K

Evelyn worked as a housekeeper in an upscale retirement facility but could not afford the rent for an apartment. She spent her nights sleeping in airport seating areas.

Challenges They Face

Physical abuse and assault

Lack of funds

Little or no access to healthcare

Little or no access to legal assistance

Lack of community support