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SOPHIA HOUSE: December 2009 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

It has been an interesting year for Sophia House. We, like everyone else, have suffered because of the economy. Several groups cancelled coming. We are hopeful that the New Year will bring recovery for us all.

In spite of it all, we are blessed. The Episcopal Diocese of Southwestern Virginia has selected Sophia House as the recipient of their annual St. Nicholas Day Offering. Members of the Diocese contribute to this offering, and at the Annual Council in Roanoke at the banquet on January 30, we will be presented with the offering. We do not know how much this offering will be, but in the past it has been between $15,000 and $20,000. The offering will allow us to install an outdoor labyrinth accessible to wheelchairs and scooters, and a ramped floating fishing dock that will allow disabled fisherfolk to get out into the pond and fish. Judy Parrish, Ellen Bouton, and Marian Windel will be attending the Council and will be present to accept the St. Nicholas Offering.

Two of our Board members, Rick and Greg Van Winkle, have constructed hunting blinds for disabled hunters. We hope to attract some of our wounded warriors. If you know of anyone who would like an opportunity to hunt, contact us.

One of our supporters and cheerleaders has been Marian's mother, Rosalie. Many of you have had the opportunity to meet her over the years. Rosalie died on August 17th. Her cat, Tom, has become the Sophia House cat. Tom is an indoor cat, as he has been de-clawed. He has the run of the halls and office when the building is not in use. When we have guests, he is confined to the office. Looking out the door at the recent snow seemed to confuse him, as he had previously been a Florida cat.

As we come to the end of another year, we thank you for your support and ask if you can make a financial contribution; it would be greatly appreciated. All gifts are tax deductible, so you get a tax break for your generosity.

Best wishes for a Happy Holiday and a New Year filled with wonderful opportunities and possibilities. We hope you will be spending the holidays with those you love, and those who love you.

Judy Parrish, President
Rick Van Winkle, Treasurer
Greg Van Winkle, Buildings and Grounds
Ellen Bouton, Web Manager
John Busada, Board Member
Marian Windel, Executive Director

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