Kirkland Business Donates Face Shields to Local Women’s Shelter

Oct 19, 2020

Franchisee Greg Shugarts supports his community in relevant way

(KIRKLAND, WA) September 22, 2020— Greg Shugarts, franchisee at FASTSIGNS® of Kirkland, believes in supporting those in need in his local community. In an effort to make a difference, Greg donated 25 face shields to Sophia Way, a local organization that focuses on making homelessness rare, brief, and one-time for the women in their community. 

Sophia Way shelters offer women a warm, safe space to take a shower, rest, and sleep, and nourishing food to give them strength. Case managers focus on their overall well being – physical, mental, and financial – and help them reach their personal goals. Since 2008, Sophia Way has supported more than 4,000 women and helped many move into housing, serving an average between 80 and 110 women every day through their programs.

Face shields are beneficial for staff members and clients who cannot wear a mask. Several advantages of shields over masks, according to WebMD, involve their reusable nature, they inhibit kids from excessively touching their faces, they are often more comfortable than a mask and they provide higher visibility to see lip movements and expressions for communication.

“I created the face shields as a way for people to feel more comfortable when interacting with others,” said Greg Shugarts. “The face shields were a great way for our business to show our support and contribute in our own way.”

“We were thrilled to receive the donation of face shields,” said Molly Bowen, Programs Manager. “Some of our guests are unable to wear masks because of health issues and they were really happy to have the option of wearing a face shield to protect themselves at this time, during the pandemic. It also helps the staff to communicate better with guests who have hearing issues.”

To see this feature in the Kirkland Reporter, visit the link here.