Sophia Lee

Sophia is a features reporter for WORLD Magazine. She graduated from the University of Southern California with degrees in print journalism and East Asian language and culture. She lives in Los Angeles with her cat, Shalom. Follow Sophia on Twitter @SophiaLeeHyun.

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Hoping for rehab

Homelessness | What do you say or do when a friend relapses into addiction?
by Sophia Lee
Posted 3/06/18, 10:37 am

I was out with my boyfriend David last week when we both got a call from Joseph (because of sensitive information, I’m not using Joseph’s real name). Since we were busy, we let the calls run to voicemail. But then he texted us: “Please call me urgent.”

David and I looked at each other. Knowing who Joseph was and his background, we knew this had to be something serious. So I quickly called him back: “What’s going on, Joseph?”

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Crying out for community

Homelessness | A visit to Seattle’s “tent cities” for the homeless shows how everyone yearns for a place to belong
by Sophia Lee
Posted 2/26/18, 12:17 pm

Last week, my colleague Sarah Schweinsberg and I spent four days in Seattle visiting city-sanctioned “tent cities,” which are part of a big urban experiment to temporarily house homeless individuals who might otherwise freeze to death outside. It was a particularly cold week when we visited, the kind of chill that nips through your mittens and freezes grass into stiff stalks.

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Radical outreach

Homelessness | When homeless ministry gets extreme
by Sophia Lee
Posted 2/19/18, 03:27 pm

Early on the morning after Valentine’s Day, I drove down from Los Angeles to San Diego to spend a day with three men who were temporarily living on the streets with the homeless. 

Among them was Will Cravens, a pastor from Virginia. Cravens first roamed the streets of San Diego in 2014 looking for a childhood best friend who had disappeared and was last spotted in Mission Bay, a popular man-made aquatic park. Since then, Cravens has been flying back to the area twice a year, each time bringing a team of church men to sleep on the streets and break bread with the homeless. 

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