The Sophie House News October 2016

SAVE THE DATE!  Social and Silent Auction! November 7th

SAVE THE DATE for our Social and Silent Auction – Monday, November 7 at The Wine Loft & Spirited Art – We will have amazing items to bid on such as Kate Spade Bags and Dave & Busters Family Fun Pack! Tickets available NOW for $50 a person and that includes live music, tasty appetizers, and 2 drink tickets! Raffle items will also be available… You won’t want to miss this event! Ticket sales will go to help support the programs and mission of The Sophie House.

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Our Grand Opening

Thank You to our Community Supporters who were able to come by and celebrate the blessing of the New Community Center on Sunday, September 25th.  We had a large crowd come through to tour the new facility, many of which were new to the mission of The Sophie House.  We were blessed with food pantry donations as well as monetary donations.  Michael Tillem, our facilities manager, and some of his friends helped cook hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken sandwiches and Cindy McKay helped to process the orders and transactions!  We had lots of children playing outside and Charita and Morgan inside helping with coloring and activities.  Kimberly Braine-Tillem, Founder and Executive Director and Rebecca Blackwell, Director of Operations and Programs, were able to talk to many of the attendees and answer questions about The Sophie House and we had lots of volunteers who were able to answer questions, serve desserts, and keep everything running smoothly for the afternoon.  We look forward to seeing many of you again volunteering and donating to help single women and their kids with the support they need to get back on their feet and keep moving forward!  And, Thank You to Ed Tepper for supplying us with some of the photography!



Show your support to The Sophie House! When your volunteering for one of our events, in the throws of fellowship or want to show others pictures of our organization, snap a picture and tag it #ImaSophieSupporter. We will search for it on Facebook or Instagram and showcase it in our next newsletter. Here we have Shelby Blanchard and Erinn Berge as the the golf cart girls for our recent Golf Tournament Fundraiser!






Don’t forget!  Register your Kroger card for The Sophie House

You can register your Kroger card for The Sophie House now. 

Did you know you can support nonprofit organizations in your community just by shopping at Kroger? It’s easy when you enroll in Kroger Community Rewards®! To get started, sign up with your Plus Card below, and select a local organization you wish to support. Once you’re enrolled, you’ll earn rewards for your chosen organization every time you shop and use your Plus Card! Click on the link below and enter the code  87723 to sign up for The Sophie House

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The Sophie House needs your help!

Panera Bread Pick Up


If you’re looking for an after hours way to help out The Sophie House, then Panera Bread pick up is for you.  We are the recipients of Day End Doughnations, you will go to the Panera Catering location at 8800 Staples Mill Rd and pick up the boxes of leftover bread for the day.  The catering store is between T-Mobile and the Panera restaurant facing Staples Mill at Parham Rd.  Knock on the frosted glass door and let them know you are there to pick up for The Sophie House.  Arrive between 5:30 and 7:30.  Then, take the bread home and package it into gallon size zipper freezer bags and schedule a time to drop off at the community center.

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Volunteers are a big part of what we do to help the community on a weekly basis – We are looking for help in the food pantry on Tuesday and Thursday from 10am-2pm.  Whether you can give an hour a month or a week, we would love to hear from you.  Other regular opportunities are Thursday evening bread pick up at Panera.  Occasional help is needed for child care while classes are being offered for mothers, computer skills and job search assistance, sending birthday cards to clients, hosting a food drive with your small group or workplace, facilitating a class for clients or the community, and more. Let’s see how you can be a part of The Sophie House!

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Service Spotlight
& Special Thanks to Charita V.

Charita V. is  wonderful teen volunteer with The Sophie House. She has had such an amazing impact on the childrens events we have been able to host for our clients and the community.  Charita says she “loves helping out at The Sophie House” and she always has a smile on her face!  Charita and her Girl Scout Troop 782 have been integral in creating two events that have been duplicated and will be in our schedule for the future as well – the end of summer party and back pack event was a silver award she and others came up with to give those children with a need for school supplies, a fun end of summer celebration!  She plans to work on her Gold project which will be ‘teaching a class about nutrition to solve the problem of obesity by teaching the people in the class how to make quick, affordable healthy meals and where to find fresh fruits and vegetables which are easy to access’  We are so thankful for Charita and her dedication to The Sophie House and our mission!



OneHarvest Food Ministries

The October menu is out for OneHarvest meal planning.  Order online and pick up at Mt Vernon Baptist. Great food and great prices!

Deadline to order: Wednesday OCTOBER 12 @ 11:59pm EST.

OCTOBER Distribution is Saturday OCTOBER 22.


One Harvest Food Ministries is a non-denominational, faith based organization that is committed to helping American families. They offer affordable, pre-paid, pre-packaged, high quality food boxes. Our quality standard is based on a simple question…

If Christ were sitting at our table, would we be proud to serve Him our food?

By partnering with local churches and other community minded organizations, they are able to offer a once monthly distribution giving you an opportunity to SAVE, SERVE and CONNECT. Savings is simple, everyone wants to save money and everyone has to eat. Serving and connecting with your community can be difficult at times. OneHarvest offers you an opportunity to do all three.

(remember pick up location is Mt. Vernon Baptist Saturday October 22, 2016 from 10am to Noon)



Look for our Upcoming Events

October 24: 4-8PM Explore God Discussion Group
November 7th –  Social and Silent Auction Grateful Hearts Giving Back Sign up Here
November 29 – #GivingTuesday