The Sophia Way is a 501©(3) organization committed to ending homelessness for women in King County. The organization originally began as a partnership with YWCA known as Angeline’s Day Center in 2006. The Day Center provided a place of shelter for homeless women during the daytime on weekdays. At the time, no overnight shelter existed for adult women on the Eastside of Washington.
In 2008, The Sophia Way was born from an incredible team effort by philanthropists, women’s advocates, the Bellevue First Congregational Church and the Eastside Interfaith Social Concerns Council. In 2012, the program moved to Sophia’s Place in the newly renovated basement of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Bellevue, improving the facilities and increasing the capacity to 21 women each night. In December of 2012, the Sophia Way became an independent agency with its own 501©(3) status.
In 2018 alone, 1,490 women were served, 16,756 bednights were provided, 28,039 meals were served, and 63 women were housed. At the Day Center, thousands of showers, loads of laundry and computer hours were also provided to women in need.
Parklands North Creek partnered with The Sophia Way by participating as a Raising Hope sponsor at the Our Way Home Benefit Luncheon in October 2019 and 2020. The team had an amazing opportunity to meet community members who are also passionate about supporting women experiencing homelessness and hear stories from housed and unhoused individuals. Support efforts help raise awareness and much-needed funds to serve more than 1,000 women experiencing homelessness in the area.
To learn more about The Sophia Way, or to get involved, please visit https://sophiaway.org