The Sophie House News May 2016

The Sophie House Community Center

Welcome to the New Sophie House Community Center!  The Community Center will provide space for our offices, along with our food pantry and a counseling/meeting room.  We have a large room which will be used for classes and meetings such as couponing and nutrition, yoga, financial awareness, support groups, Bible study, cooking classes, one-on-one computer skills training, communication and relationship classes, and so much more!  The backyard is beautiful and will be used for upcoming functions like our mid-summer client party and backpack distribution! We will no longer have our clothes closet, however, Shady Grove UMC has the Caring Clothes Closet just up the street.  We will be partnering with them to continue this valuable ministry.  We are honored to continue our partnerships with Mount Vernon Baptist Church, Christ Church Episcopal, and Shady Grove UMC; these church partnerships are allowing us to make a significant impact on our clients and our community.  We are so grateful for their on-going prayers and support.  We are also looking at expanding our church coordination to include many more in the near future!

The location is  4771 Shady Grove Rd., Glen Allen, VA 23059.

FREE Oil Change Day for single moms

All star logoAll Star Automotive
807 Grove Rd.
Midlothian, VA 23114

Saturday  May 14, 2016

Please, you must RSVP a time and register your make and model of car below for a time.  Please give 48 hours notice if you can’t make it.
If you have any questions, please email Rebecca  or call her at 804.658.5214


Shoe Drive Starts Soon

The Sophie House will be having a shoe drive beginning June 1st and will run through the summer. Please hold onto any gently worn or outgrown shoes; women, men and children’s.  They should be in good condition.  Please, no holes or excessively worn soles. We will set out a box in front of the garage at the new community center (4771 Shady Grove Rd.) so you can start dropping shoes there. If you know of a student looking for a community service project or if your business or office group would like to help organize a collection, please contact Rebecca Blackwell here for flyers, to schedule a time to drop off/deliver, and we will showcase your efforts through Facebook and our website.

 Service Spotlight & Special Thanks!


Larry Rezek image for newsletterA special thanks to Larry Rezek of All Star Automotive, for his generous donation of services for both the Oil Change Day for Single Mom’s and for his donations to OneHarvest Food Ministries for The Sophie House clients.


Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser Recap

We would like to thank everyone who attended and supported our 3rd Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser.  We feel so very blessed to be surrounded by a such a generous and supportive community.  A special thanks to our business partners. Boychiks Deli, Crown Trophy, Dave Maloney & Linda Hines, The Iron Horse Restaurant, Lowe’s Brook Road, Michael W. Peters Jr. Painting & Home Repair, McShin Foundation, W.W. Nash & Sons, Panera Bread Catering ,Skyline Windows of Richmond, Our church and volunteer support: Virginia Coleman, Terry Moore, Cookie Sickler, Billy Strover, The Sophie House Board of Directors, MVBC Missions Partnership, Shady Grove UMC and Christ Church Episcopal.   Two special awards were presented at this event.  Dave Maloney and Linda Hines received The Community Angel Award for their giving spirit and passion for helping those in need.  The Mission Award was presented to Amanda Atack Shields, trustee of The Robert M. Atack Charitable Trust, for her faith in our mission and investment in our vision!  Congratulations to Dave, Linda and Amanda!

OneHarvest Food Ministries


boneless_pork_chop_2The May menu is out for OneHarvest meal planning.  Order online and Pick up at Mt Vernon Baptist. Great food and great prices! MAY  ORDER DEADLINE is WED 5/11/16 at 11:59pm EST. 

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 5/21/16 from 9am-10am)



Look for our Upcoming Events

Grand Opening Celebration

Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser

Vendor Fairs

Support Groups

Bible Studies

Cooking and Coupon classes

Yoga classes

Financial Planning Workshops

Interested in helping?

Make sure we have your email address so you receive the latest information about what is going on through our newsletters!  Like us on Facebook and share with your friends. Fill out our volunteer application on our website and tell us how you want to be a part of changing the lives of single women and their families in our community!  Make monthly financial contributions online- every little bit helps! Attach your Kroger Card to the The Sophie House.  Shop Amazon Smile and designate The Sophie House as your non-profit of choice!

Wow, that’s a lot of ways to help.

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