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Nearly $200,000 raised at Vine Maple Place benefit breakfast
Over 250 women pledged nearly $200,000 to support Vine Maple Place at the organization's annual Planting Seeds of Hope breakfast May 10.
“Our vision at Vine Maple Place is a safe, stable home for every child and parent, a place where families can grow and thrive,” Colleen Starr, executive director of the Maple Valley-based ministry told event attendees.
The goal, Starr went on to say, is to have zero homelessness in the greater Maple Valley/Covington area.
“This is a new record for Vine Maple Place,” said Starr in a statement. “I am overwhelmed by the support from this community and these women who clearly connect with the work we are doing to keep single parents from the despair and shame of becoming homeless.”
Vine Maple Place was launched in 2000 by nine churches that recognized 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. Over the last 14 years, Vine Maple Place purchased, completely restored, and fully paid for 14 apartment homes and has served more than 450 parents and children, giving them a stable home and the tools to get an education, find a livable-wage job, learn critical life skills and break the cycle of homelessness.
In late 2012, Vine Maple Place launched a new initiative called Stable Families designed to support single families in Maple Valley and the surrounding communities who are on the verge of losing housing. The goal is to provide short term financial assistance and support services such as financial management classes and employment services to avoid a homeless episode, and help these families regain long-term stability.
Of the women at the breakfast, 16 joined Vine Maple Place’s Hope Builders Alliance making a five-year, $5,000 commitment. In addition several other guests extended their current long-term financial support totaling more than $100,000 to be received over the next five years.
In addition to the individual pledges, local area businesses donated funds toward underwriting the breakfast including: MD Cote Medical Laser & Spa, Emerald State Drywall, Impact Inc., Johnson’s Home and Garden, Sockeye Homes, Tina McDonough – Re/Max, Alpine Mortgage – Becky Sheets, Columbia Bank, Claffey’s Painting, Marti Reeder-John L. Scott, Mold Solutions Northwest, Multicare Health System, Outpatient Physical Therapy, Republic Services.
To learn more about Vine Maple Place, you can visit www.vinemapleplace.org or call 425-432-2119. A new video can be viewed on the website which highlights four families’ successes in breaking the cycle of homelessness. Individuals, groups, and businesses are invited to a Vision of Hope tour to learn more about the unique way Vine Maple Place addresses homelessness in our community. You can also find Vine Maple Place on Facebook.