The Sophie House News April 2017

As we enter into the second quarter of 2017, we look back at how fast this year is already going by!

We are so grateful for the many volunteers, partners, and donors who have been a part of what we do to help single women move forward toward a more stable lifestyle!

A year ago we moved into our new location on Shady Grove Road. We have been moving and growing fast ever since. New women are hearing about the services we provide while many of our past clients have come back to say “Hi” or for a little more encouragement. New friends and volunteers have stopped by the community center to help out with the food pantry, the shoe drive or to see the space and chat for a bit.

We are so grateful for the opportunity Shady Grove UMC, has given to us with the use of the house for our mission of helping single women and single mothers. The increased awareness the new location has afforded The Sophie House is counted in the many blessings we are grateful for daily!

April is National Volunteer Month, let’s celebrate it by donating and/or volunteering at The Sophie House. Your regular monthly donations, as little as $25 a month, can help with a counseling session, fresh produce for a week, classes and more! We have programs that need volunteers; Easter egg hunt, Food Pantry, 5K and much more!

We would love to hear your experience and how you are a part of The Sophie House. Tell us at #SophieVolunteer on Facebook and Instagram. If you are looking for support or want to give your support, let use know how we can help you!


“I come here, I love to volunteer here and help out as much as I possibly can”






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Let’s support our Sophie Women

Help The Sophie House participants keep moving forward through encouragement and support. Many of these women are in need of services like counseling and financial assistance to get back on track. Your regular monthly donations or one time donations can help with recurring counseling sessions, child care subsidy, classes and more!

We would welcome your monthly contribution to help provide the funding for these important services The Sophie House provides to our clients.

Click Here to Help Us Continue Our Services


“I get so much support when I come here”





Get Free Tax Prep Help

Free Tax Prep
The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs offer free tax help for taxpayers who qualify.

There are 12 different providers within 25 miles from The Sophie House. Find the provider closest to you.

The IRS offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.

Click Here to Find An IRS-Certified Tax Preparer


“I feel very comfortable, I feel when I leave that I have accomplished something and that there are people here who understand my plight”





Service Spotlight & A HUGE Thank You to ALL of OUR VOLUNTEERS, #SophieVolunteer

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April is National Volunteer Month and we want to highlight all of our volunteers! No matter if you donate your time or money, you matter to The Sophie House. No matter if you have donated once or weekly, you matter to The Sophie House. We wouldn’t be where we are today if you didn’t volunteer for The Sophie House!

The Sophie House needs volunteers to reach our mission of offering supportive services for single women and women with children. When you volunteer, you also matter to our clients. We Thank You with all of our hearts! Your support never goes unnoticed.

Click Here if You Are Interested in Volunteering


“They don’t judge me, loving, caring, and remarkable people”





Easter Egg Hunt: April 15 from 10:00 – 11:30 AM at the Community Center

Join us for a fun morning of crafts, activities, snacks, and an Easter egg hunt at The Sophie House. Please RSVP the number of children and adults participating and your cell phone number, to [email protected] or you may call or text us at 804-658-5214 by April 9th. Sign up to volunteer or donate snacks and filled eggs

We are so thankful to an amazing volunteer who is creating specialty Easter Baskets for you to purchase and a portion of the sales go to the programs offered at the community center! The cost is $20 a basket and can be special ordered for boy, girl, mom, dad, co-worker, neighbor, etc.

Please consider supporting us in this way – orders will be accepted through Friday, April 7 and baskets can be picked up April 12-13 between 10:00 – 2:00 or Saturday, April 15 from 10:30 – 11:30.

Email request to [email protected] and make your donation $20 here

The Sophie House 5K 2017

The Sophie House 5K is back this year! We are looking for runners, walkers, volunteers, spectators and more to join us Saturday, June 3!

The race will start and end at Shady Grove UMC and the route will run right past the community center. Early Bird and Volunteer registration are opened now. We are looking for groups to run and compete against each other to bring the most participants and/or donations to The Sophie House mission!

Calling All Deep Run, Glen Allen, Godwin, Freeman students and Pocahontas, Short Pump, Holman, Hungary Creek students too! Let’s not leave out our current church partners… Shady Grove, Mt. Vernon, and Christ Church! We look forward to seeing you at the race on June 3rd. Follow Facebook for training groups to start too!

If you are looking for more information or would like to learn about our Sponsorship Opportunities

Click Here to Sign Up for the Run!


“Can’t tell you what it means to come here, its peaceful, extremely comforting”



Sophie in the Community – April 19th

The Sophie House is out in the community too and we are so thankful for our church partner Christ Church Episcopal!

The Preschool has selected The Sophie House for the proceeds of their bike-a-thon this year. The pre-schoolers will be participating in bike safety day and as part of that event, Rebecca will be leading the children in an activity to connect them to the children of clients at The Sophie House.

We are so grateful for the opportunity to connect with the families of Christ Church Episcopal in this way and look forward to other opportunities to connect with the community in the near future!


“(I) don’t leave with a heavy heart – if you came in with one, you definitely don’t leave with one. (I) feel they are my friends. (The Sophie House) has saved my life and I believe that with all my heart”



Look for our Upcoming Events

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April 1 from 1:00 – 5:00 PM Lilly Pullizer Shopping Night, Short Pump Town Center – 10% of all sales for the afternoon will be donated back to The Sophie House.

April 10 – 14 LIMITED HOURS FOR SPRING BREAK 10 AM to 2 PM Food Pantry hours not affected

April 15 from 10:00 – 11:30 AM Easter Egg Hunt- Donate for Easter Baskets Here.
Register Here For the event at [email protected]

April 20 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM Couponing Class Register Here – Learn how to cut costs and be more efficient at the grocery process.

May 11 from 5:30 -7:30 PM Dinner & Shopping in Partnership with The Caring Clothes Closet Register Here

June 3 from 8 – 10 AM The Sophie House 5k Register Here

Food Pantry Help Tuesday and Thursday: Sign up to help

Panera Bread Pick Up Thursday evenings: Volunteer to help

Look for information on our Summer Bible Study. We are also growing our monthly class schedule as well as events! Budgeting classes coming, as well as organization, couponing, movie time/pampering, yoga, and more!


We are looking for enthusiastic individuals to get involved in:

      The planning of our 5K in early June please fill out our 5k form
      Our backpack event in August
      A Golf Tournament in September
      Silent Auction in October
      Thanksgiving Dinner event in November
      Client Party in December!

Contact us for more information


Continue to Support Us through Amazon Smile

Log into, log into your amazon account if you aren’t already redirected, and select Sophie House for your charity. It’s that easy… Link your account here

Support The Sophie House by shopping at Kroger – Link Your Card Today!

It’s easy when you enroll in Kroger Community Rewards®! To get started, sign up with your Plus Card below, and put the code 87723 for The Sophie House. Once you’re enrolled, you’ll earn rewards for The Sophie House every time you shop and use your Plus Card!

We are still collecting gently used shoes for a year round fundraiser. Help us reach a goal of 1000 pairs of shoes by December!


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