KIRKLAND, WA – On behalf of families and women experiencing homelessness on the Eastside, we would like to convey our profound gratitude for the $177,439 grant received from the Employees Community Fund of Boeing Puget Sound to support Kirkland Shelter for families and women, a collaboration between Catholic Community Services and The Sophia Way.

This award will enable the purchase of vital equipment and furniture for the new shelter facility. The grant is specifically for washers and dryers, dining tables and chairs, office meeting tables and chairs, solar panels and security cameras. “This generous contribution by the employees of the Boeing Company, at a time when many of them are feeling the impacts personally of the COVID-19 health and economic crisis, shows the depth of the employees’ commitment to our community. This funding will make an incredible difference in the lives of families and single woman who are confronting homelessness on the Eastside,” said Bill Hallerman, King County Agency Director.

When it opens, the Kirkland Shelter for families and women will be an integral part of CCS’ New Bethlehem Project and The Sophia Way’s new day center and emergency shelter, Helen’s Place. This is a shared effort to build better lives, stronger families and healthier communities by providing wraparound services to families and women experiencing or at risk of homelessness. The Kirkland Shelter will be poised to begin programming as soon as the facility is operational, with an estimated opening date in August. The construction and completion timeline will allow the facility to play a crucial role in the regional response to and recovery from COVID-19.

We thank Employees Community Fund of Boeing Puget Sound for your support and look forward to a continuing partnership.

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