About Us | The Sophie House

About Us

Mission Statement:

To provide a warm, loving, Christ-centered environment that will meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of single women and their children in order to equip and empower them to independently establish a stable, secure home upon successful completion of the program.

The Sophie House networks with investors and landlords who provide quality housing for the participants in our program. We also provide supportive services for women as well as their children. The supportive services include, but are not limited to, case management, counseling, financial planning and budgeting, tutoring, Bible study, educational seminars, and enrichment programs for both women and children.  We also offer at the Community Center facility, a Food Pantry, Clothes Closet and Benevolence Ministry in partnership with Mount Vernon Baptist Church.

The Sophie House is an educational and supportive organization serving the greater Richmond area.


Founder and Executive Director:

Kimberly Braine-Tillem is the Founder and Executive Director of The Sophie House. She graduated from Virginia Tech in 1993 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Family and Child Development. Kimberly received her Master’s Degree in Human Services-Marriage and Family Therapy from Liberty University in May of 2010. The Lord gave her the vision for The Sophie House 8 years ago when she experienced the challenges of single motherhood. Kimberly was a preschool and enrichment teacher for 15 years. Before starting The Sophie House, Kimberly worked for 2 years as a radio show host for the Sonrise Morning Show on American Family Radio, 89.7 FM and also sold underwriting for the nonprofit Christian radio station. Kimberly has been serving as the full time minister for Children and Families at Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Glen Allen, since September of 2011. Kimberly’s passions are helping women and children reach their fullest potential, teaching others about the healing and redemptive power of Jesus Christ and networking and fundraising for God’s Kingdom in order to accomplish His will!


Director of Operations and Programming:

Cathe Myers

Cathe Myers has been married to the most awesome man, Russ, for 32 years. She is the mother of four grown children, seven grandchildren and still counting! Her passion includes seeing children grow in healthy environments and to help the family be healthy as well. Cathe has served in the U.S. Navy. Over the years, Cathe has had numerous courses on intercession, Christian life studies, prayer ministry for the soul, and School of the Prophetic Ministry.  She has also trained as a birthing coach known as a Doula.

Cathe has been a student of the Word since 1978 when her relationship with the Lord began.

Over the course of her walk with the Lord, Cathe has been a nursery worker, Children’s church director, Children’s church helper, Vacation Bible School director as well as helper, Teacher’s aide for a private school, worship and choir member and Women’s Bible Study teacher.

Cathe comes with a passion for her Lord and a desire for others to meet Him as well.

Director of Facilities:

Michael Tillem


804-658-5214 or 201-8060

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