In 2006, Bellevue First Congregational Church opened a day center to provide respite for women who are homeless, and later opened The Sophia Way as an overnight shelter. It was equipped with 10 beds for single women who have no place to go for a night's rest. Today, the organization has recently acquired an additional space that can house 21 women at a time. In addition to overnight shelter, The Sophia Way also provides a two-year subsidized apartment for 45 women at a time, along with life-skills classes and case-management services to help the women work toward financial independence.
Every year the Bellevue Botanical Garden is transformed into a winter wonderland. More than a half a million lights are sprinkled throughout the park, turning it into a dazzling display when the sun goes down. The lights aren't strictly holiday-themed, several displays celebrate the botanical garden's beautiful flora, and special setups like Charlotte in her web and Willie the slug are hidden throughout for the kids.