The Sophia Way | Women We Serve
Ending homelessness for women
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Women We Serve

Who are they?

How Does a Woman Become Homeless?

Each woman’s story is different. They are young and old, well-educated and illiterate, employed, and unemployed. They are from different religions, cultures, race, and ethnicity.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Lack of confidence