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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 900 homeless men, women, and children rebuild their lives. Vision house owns and operates five 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 35 apartments for parents and children, and the men's program, located in two single family homes, can house 9 men. 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 the 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, finances, 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 and also provide accountability in helping residents make progress with their goals. In 2014, vision house provided housing and support services for a total of 162 homeless children, women and men. The breakout is as follows: 98 children (family program), 53 mothers (family program), 1 father and 10 men (substance abuse recovery program). Our success rate represents families who leave vision house to permanent housing, a job and a better way of life. In 2014, the success rate was 72 percent. Since the beginning, vision house has had a strong success rate with 85 percent of all residents transitioning to permanent housing. The success rate in 2014 for the men's drug and alcohol recovery program was 62 percent. Since the men's program began in 1990, the success rate has been 55 percent. Vision house enhanced its resident programs by: (a) adding a youth advocate assisting teens in building better self-esteem and interpersonal skills; (b) making changes in community guidelines to promote increased independence and self-sufficiency for the women in our program; and (c) receiving from fdic-trained volunteers to teach financial literacy.

children village child care center, owned and operated by vision house, is licensed for 96 children. In 2014, 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 2014, children village child care center provided child care and early childhood education to 104 children overall, including resident children, alumni children, and children from the community. The center is full and has 42 children on the waiting list. Children village child care center is regarded as one of the best child care centers in the area, affirmed by the center having received accreditation from nac, the national accreditation commission for early care and education programs.

resale operations in 2014 now include sales from craigslist, ebay, and monthly sidewalk sales during spring and summer months. An offsite garage was leased to facilitate the churn of furniture and other large in-kind donations which have provided over $50,000 in furnishings and household goods for resident homes. The vision house thrift store is designed to provide quality clothing and household items to vision house residents on an as needed basis. Case managers provide residents with vouchers so they can shop for free items for work or school, as well as for emergency needs.

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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.