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Vine Maple Place's Annual Women's Breakfast plants field of hope

Vine Maple Place's Annual Women's Breakfast did more than just plant a few seeds of hope for the 48 women and children in the program, it planted an entire field of hope.

The theme of this year's breakfast, held May 12 at Maple Valley Presbyterian Church, was "Where Hope Blooms."In just a few short hours, with more than 250 women in attendance, the group raised more than $120,000 to support the critical mission of providing hope and stability for homeless single parents and their children.

"It was phenomenal. It was amazing. It was inspiring," said Colleen Starr, Executive Director of Vine Maple Place. "We have always dreamed big for this organization but this level of generosity in a turbulent economic climate is truly a blessing. It will allow us to dream big and to launch some new exciting programs that we hope will help families before they actually become homeless."

One resident, Ronnie, shared her story at the breakfast."Vine Maple Place has been a dream come true for me," Ronnie said. "The generosity of the community, the staff, and the volunteers is beyond words. I was homeless, afraid, hopeless and felt guilty for putting my kids into this situation. Vine Maple Place helped us get back on track. Because of the support from the staff at Vine Maple place I was able to finish myschooling and my boys are doing great in school. I can't imagine where I would be without Vine Maple Place."

Vine Maple Place was launched 11 years ago by 10 local churches who saw a need to address the growing concern about homeless single moms in South King county. Under the leadership of Ron and Colleen Starr, the mission has flourished.

During the past decade, Vine Maple Place purchased, completely restored, and fully paid for 14 apartment homes and has served more than 100 parents and 165 children, giving them a stable home for 18-24 months and the tools to get an education, find a job, learn critical life skillsand break the cycle of homelessness.

The event was sponsored by Emerald State Drywall, Impact Inc., Quintessence, Sockeye Homes, Tina McDonough and Re/Max Leading Edge, 4 Corners Self Storage, Columbia Bank in Maple Valley and Black Diamond, and Dr. Cynthia Cote with MD Cote Medical.

To learn more about Vine Maple Place, individuals, groups, and businesses are invited to a Vision of Hope tour.

For more information about Vine Maple Place see www.vinemapleplace.org or call (425) 432-2119.

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