Greater Maple Valley Community Center Programs
GMVCC is a multi-age facility with a multitude
of programs that meet the needs of community residents of all ages.
Founded in 1976, we are celebrating 39 years of service to the community. Our programming
strives to reduce isolation, create connections and build on the strengths of
individuals, youth and families. We work toward these goals by providing
opportunities for education, and involvement which encourage strong community
attachment, decrease violence and substance abuse and enhance the social well-being
The Youth Program targets teens in a largely
under served portion of King County within the 7,200-student Tahoma School
District. The youth program includes social services that foster positive
connections between youth, their schools, and their communities; work to
develop leaders among the youth; and encourage young people to become
contributing members of the community.
We offer programs substance abuse and violence prevention programs in
middle and high schools.
The goal of the Senior Adult Program is to reduce
isolation, create connections, and build on the strengths of the senior
citizens in our community. We provide opportunities for education, recreation,
and involvement, which encourage strong community attachment and enhance the health
and well-being of these older adults. The core of the GMVCC Senior Program is
our congregate meal program and our Transportation Assistance Program which
provides seniors with a way to remain independent by offering transportation in
an area greatly under served by public
We partner with a number of local groups that
focus on support for families. They serve
foster children, developmentally disabled adults, autistic kids, and those with
substance abuse challenges.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
One of our strongest
successes came as a result of a negative.
In November, 2013, the GMVCC suspended our Toddler Time program due to a
financial shortfall. This program
provided moms, dads and grandparents the opportunity to come together while
their pre-school age children played in a dry, warm, safe and supervised
environment. Much of the value of Toddler
Time was found in the natural support system for caregivers that was created by
the coming together of those with common interests and needs. Many caregivers were disappointed with the
loss of this support opportunity and banded together to save the program. As a result, a partnership was formed between
the newly established Maple Valley Family Circle (MVFC) and the GMVCC. The GMVCC provides the space, utilities, equipment
and insurance at no cost while the MVFC provides the volunteer staffing to keep
Toddler Time going. The result of this
partnership is that the target populations – toddlers & caregivers - continue
to be served while new and positive relations have been formed between the
GMVCC and community members.
The current most
pressing needs of the GMVCC revolve around our aging infrastructure. Our facility is nearly 40 years old and was
designed to meet the needs of a small, rural population. The size and needs of the community have
grown dramatically since then and we have not kept up. The building is not wired to handle the
modern needs of today’s office and our computer server has lived far beyond its
recommended life span. Most of our
computer work stations are at least 7 years old and our donated telephone
system is 13-years old and failing. Our
program space is limited in size and is marginally appropriate for activities
that require confidentiality, such as individual counseling or AA meetings.