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Causes: Child Day Care, Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Shelters, Single Parent Agencies

Mission: To follow our lord and savior jesus christ in working with poor and homeless to promote positive transformation of their lives. This is carried out by providing transitional housing and support services for homeless families, primarily single mothers and their children, and separately for homeless men recovering from drug or alcohol addiction.

Programs: Since its inception in 1990, vision house has helped more than 1,300 homeless men, women, and children rebuild their lives. Vision house owns and operates four transitional housing facilities and two child care centers that serve washington's greater puget sound region - located in shoreline and renton vicinities. The family program has a total of 34 apartments for parents and children, and a residential house that provides housing for two homeless families. Residents sign a lease and pay 30 percent of their income toward rent. If they do not have any income, then they do not pay any rent. No one is turned away because they cannot pay. However, case managers work with residents to find an income source so they can pay some level of rent, which is part of their financial management training for handling life after vision house. The goal of vision house is to coordinate successful re-integration of residents into the community through a program of quality housing and support services such as: counseling, child care, food, clothing, and referrals for medical and dental care. Residents live at vision house for up to two years, during which time they set goals in the areas of education, employment, finance, parenting, health, and other areas in order to assist them in achieving self-sufficiency. Weekly one-on-one meetings with a case manager and monthly group meetings offer counseling and support, while providing accountability in helping residents to make progress with their goals. In 2017, vision house provided housing and support services for a total of 192 homeless children, women and men, which was a 5. 3% increase over 2016. The breakout is as follows: 121 children (family program), 61 mothers and 10 fathers. Our success rate represents families who leave vision house for permanent housing, a job and a better way of life. In 2017, the success rate was 69 percent. Since the beginning, vision house has had a strong success rate with 82 percent of all residents transitioning to permanent housing.

a. Children's village child care center in renton, owned and operated by vision house, is licensed for 96 children. In 2017, approximately 30 percent of the children were vision house and low income children; 70 percent were children from the community paying full market rates. In 2017, children's village child care center provided child care and early childhood education to 113 children overall, including resident children, alumni children, and children from the community. The center is full and has 25 children on the waiting list. Children's village child care center is regarded as one of the best child care centers in the area, affirmed by the center receiving accreditation from ea, early achievers of washington. B. Children's village child care center in shoreline, also owned and operated by vision house, is licensed for 18 children. It had 29 children attend in 2017. Half the children who attended were vision house residents

our vision house thrift store/resale is located in renton, wa. The resale operations in 2017 included sales from craigslist, one day sales at the vision house furniture warehouse (located in renton), and monthly spring and summer sidewalk sales at the renton thrift store. Our furniture warehouse continues to be a donation site as well as a storage facility for furniture we acquire from our estate sale cleanout services. Between items donated and items from our cleanouts, we are able to provide over $8,190 in furnishings and household goods for resident homes. Vision house residents are given vouchers so they can shop for items they need at either our thrift store or furniture warehouse.

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Rating: 5

This is a great place for any age to volunteer at, even young teenagers. I always look forward to coming to volunteer; the families that live in the apartments are never in a less than positive attitude and that rubs off on you...there is so much love for them and their children and I recommend coming to see what you can do to help.