Stewards of Prophetic

Hopeful Intentional Action

People of faith united by a passion for justice, commitment to community and a practice of hope


2020 SOPHIA Year Book

The 2020 Year Book is available for viewing. Learn more about our organization and our task forces, as well as our 2019-20 financials and donors. Thank you to the many businesses that placed advertisements in our year book!

View the SOPHIA 2020 Year Book and sponsors

Featured Upcoming Events

Plowshare Fair Trade Marketplace

Healing & Hope Fundraiser, April 24th

More info: https://www.plowshareftm.org/healing-hope


WISDOM

5 Week Leadership Training, April 22nd - May 20th on Thursdays from 6:30-8:00pm on Zoom

Weekly topics: The Basics of Organizing, One-on-One's, Issues & Actions, Effective Meetings, Team Building

Register here: http://bit.ly/3v13aGP


Siena Retreat Center

Working for Racial Justice in Solidarity with the Black Community, April 28th, 9:00am - 5:00pm on Zoom

More info and registration info: https://www.sienaretreatcenter.org/events/In_Solidarity_Day

Transit Task Force Victory

A victory for our Transit Task Force! The proposed I-94 expansion plan will undergo more review.

"It will also help us make certain that our efforts to ensure racial equity with this project are comprehensive and aligned with federal priorities," said Craig Thompson, DOT secretary designee.

Waukesha County Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Waukesha County, in partnership with Community Advocates, Inc., is administering an Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) to help people experiencing financial hardship to stay in their homes because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

To find out if you're eligible and how to apply, click the button below for more information.

Annual Report Ad Sales

SOPHIA publishes an annual report which includes financial information, highlights from the past year, profiles of supporters and people impacted by our efforts and stories about our work.

Why should you advertise in our Annual Report?

1. It is available on SOPHIA's website all year, will be sent to all email subscribers, shared with our member faith communities and posted on social media - there are many opportunities to receive continued exposure and visibility.

2. It is a way to let people know that your business supports the work SOPHIA is doing and the values we have.

3. It is a way to reach new people who might not know about your business.

4. It is an opportunity to express generosity, knowing that your contribution is supporting SOPHIA's important work.

5. It is a way to show that you care about our community and social justice.


Contact Betty at bjgroenewold@gmail.com to purchase an ad. Deadline to buy an ad is April 30th.

ACTION: Driver Cards

The federal Real ID Act of 2005 allows individual states to create alternative driver cards for those who don’t have proper documents. A driver card would allow for the ability to drive legally. These cards cannot be used for official federal purposes such as voting, passports, etc. A driver card is not a driver license, but it would ensure that driver education and tests were successfully completed, and allow a legal way for immigrants without proper documents to drive to work, school, church and shopping. It would also allow for affordable car insurance.

YOU can help assure that Driver Cards remain in the State Budget!

Contact your legislator(s) by phone, email or mail asking them to support driver cards. Click here to find your legislator.

Visit WISDOM's website for helpful resources and more information.

Social Justice Community Calendar

SOPHIA has officially launched a collaborative Social Justice Community Calendar! We worked together with Plowshare in Downtown Waukesha and additional organizations in Waukesha County will be invited to participate over the next couple of months. It is hoped that this will serve as a way for individuals interested in participating in social justice education and/or advocacy events and opportunities to find out when those are happening. Please bookmark or save the link to this calendar and check back often as new events will be added!

Anti Racism Change Team at United UU Congregation of Waukesha

One of our members, the United UU Congregation of Waukesha, has an Anti Racism Change (ARC) Team that has begun facilitating the development of a community group in Waukesha similar to Tosa Together (www.tosatogether.org). They hope the community group will be a true reflection of Waukesha with people of all ages, ethnicity and walks of life. Their meetings are currently set for the third Wednesday of the month from 5 to 6pm on Zoom. If BIPOC would feel more comfortable and safe during the meetings, a separate "room" will be provided with privacy assured. If you would like to attend or would like more information, please email Marcia Romashko at owasseh@yahoo.com. Until the group decides on a name, look for their meetings listed as "Equity and Inclusion" on their calendars and publicity. Here is a link to their website and Facebook page.

2020 By the Numbers Infographic

We put together an infographic containing key numbers from the past year. Despite the pandemic, SOPHIA was able to accomplish a lot and made an impact in Waukesha County.


Donate to SOPHIA

SOPHIA is a 501(c)(3) organization. Staffing costs and related expenses are funded by dues, grants, individual contributions, and fundraising events. Charitable contributions to SOPHIA are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.