The Sophia Way Women & Families Shelter
Homelessness has become an increasingly important issue to our community as a consequence of the incredible growth the region has been experiencing the past few years. King County’s annual one-night counts demonstrate the problem’s stubborn persistence across the region, including the Eastside. Given the urgency of the situation, the first project to be supported Kirkland Parks and Community Foundation (KPCF) as part of our expanded mission will be the new shelter for homeless adult women and families operated by Sophia’s Way. The building will be the first 24-hour permanent site for adult women and families on the Eastside.
Kirkland started working on plans for a permanent facility in 2016 and purchased the property from Salt House Church in 2018. The shelter is located at Northeast 80th Street and 120th Avenue Northeast and is expected to open in mid-2020.
The Kirkland shelter will have two levels, with services for women on one floor — operated by The Sophia Way — and families with children on the other floor, run by New Bethlehem Project, a program of Catholic Community Services. The 19,000 sq. ft. shelter has a total of 100 beds; the women will have singular cubicles in a communal space and the families will have private spaces.
The people staying there won’t have to leave during the day, and will have access to showers, laundry and meals. Other existing shelters offer these services, but none in a permanent, 24-hour location.
The shelter is estimated to cost $9 million and will be funded by the city of Kirkland, King County, Washington State, A Regional Coalition for Housing (ARCH) and private donors, including Holy Family Church, St. Louise Church and The Sophia Way donors.
KPCF will raise funds for the counseling center in the shelter which will cost $10,000. For every dollar donated the KPCF will match the funds up to $5,000. Donations over $250 will receive acknowledgement on a donation plaque at the counseling center.