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September 2019: The Sophia Way Day of Caring

Monday, November 25, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Christine Miclat
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//BOMA September e-Newsletter

In this special edition, get to know our Outreach Partner, see what BOMA members like you are doing to give back, and find out how you can help. This is packed with the news you need to keep you connected with your BOMA community, so keep scrolling for more information!


BOMA Members Step Up To Support
Women's Shelter

The Sophia Way 2018-2019 and Continuing
Article Contributed by Rod Kauffman


In 2018, after providing significant support to the Bellevue Men’s shelter, BOMA’s Board of Directors asked BOMA’s Community Outreach Task Force to research and recommend a women-focused services organization that BOMA could support. The task force considered many organizations and ultimately recommended The Sophia Way.


The Sophia Way
The Sophia Way provides shelter, social services, temporary and permanent housing for women without shelter in King County. The Sophia Way is currently the only women’s shelter on the eastside. The average age of the women they help is over 50. The Sophia Way has housed as many as 60 women per night and provided 16,756 bed-nights in 2018. They have helped 1500 women each year and served over 28,000 meals.


Many of the women that seek help from The Sophia Way find themselves without shelter because of situations out of their control. Their overnight shelter, Sophia’s Place, is located in the lower level of a church in Bellevue. BOMA Members have been helping with facility needs.


BOMA Gives Back
Since BOMA’s partnership with The Sophia Way began, BOMA has contributed $20,000 through the generosity of our members and their companies.


The first project BOMA undertook was to purchase and install an awning to protect the women from the hot summer sun and inclement fall and winter weather while they wait for the day services center to open. A special thanks to Bob Barlish of Swinerton Builders, who helped connect our team to the contractor we hired to do the work.


Before the awning installation.
After the awning installation.


First Day of Caring
On August 15, 2019, nine
BOMA member volunteers donated their time to clean and paint the storage areas of Sophia’s Place. Volunteers painted dirty, gray walls a bright white and installed new LED lighting, totally transforming a dark room into a bright one.

A huge thank you to the BOMA members that donated their time and resources. Sound Painting Solutions donated 5 gallons of high-quality reflective paint and Bo Kendall and David Grove from Seahurst Electric donated and installed new lighting fixtures.

First Day of Caring Volunteers


Additional volunteers consisted of Jose Aleman (Schnitzer West), Paul Nollette (Clise Properties), Patrick Miller (HARBRO Emergency and Restoration), Kristal-Lynn Archer (Cort Furniture), Karen Coleman (Precor Commercial Fitness), Eric Luncinski (Precor Commercial Fitness) and Justin Wallander (BOMA).


Second Day of Caring
Due to the high volume of donations and the constantly changing needs of the women utilizing the shelter, the storage areas were in need of reorganization. On August 21, 2019, BOMA member volunteers spent the afternoon cleaning, organizing and implementing a new labeling system designed to help employees and volunteers find and store items quickly and efficiently. With this effort, The Sophia Way team can spend more time focusing on the needs of the women.


Second Day of Caring Volunteers


It was quite a team effort and volunteers included: David Corrigan (Enwave), Megan Rockstad (CBRE), Peter Marshall (Western Specialty Contractors), Jackie Davis (Fischer Restoration), Hayley Hughes (Unico Properties), Jeremy Kuhn (Commercial Cleanings Systems), Angela Merculief (Skotdal Real Estate), Rene Randall (Reef Parking), Liza Skorupski (Steelwave), Rachel Johanson (CBRE), Scott Baluch (Unique Elevator), Jenn York (Avara Construction), Justin Wallander (BOMA), Christine Miclat (BOMA), Megan Furstenberg (BOMA) and Amber Eswani (BOMA).


How You Can Help
There is still more work to be done and about $12,500 worth of costs that still need to be covered. If you or your company would like to help, please contact the BOMA office at 206-622-8924 or visit the BOMA Community Outreach page.

We are better, together.

Thank you to our first contributers:
Hudson Pacific Properties
Kerry Carlson
Allison Delong
Jeff Myrter

Corporate and personal donations are all welcome! For questions, please contact the BOMA office at 206-622-8924

Important links:
Photos from the Volunteer Event
Contribute to The Sophia Way
The Sophia Way Needs

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Christine Miclat
Director of Marketing, Education and Communications
206-622-8924 X106

Cori Taniguchi
Director of Membership
206-622-8924 X103

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