Vine Maple Place Programs
We own 14 apartment units and lease 2 additional offsite units for the purpose of providing safe, warm, stable housing for homeless families with children. These families come to us having lived in shelters and in their cars, or often "couch-surfing" at friends and family, or even having lived in a storage unit. When they move into their 2 bedroom apartment, it is fully furnished with furniture, linens, kitchen utensils, books, toys, and even food. We want these families to feel safe, loved and cared for as soon as they arrive!
Case Management & Support Services
We immediately begin working with the family to develop a Family Transition Plan. The parent meets with a case manager at least weekly to set and implement goals in the areas of housing, employment, financial stability, and life skills. The parent also meets with a Financial Coach and a mentor who helps and encourages them. Weekly Life Skills classes teach parenting skills, money management, healthy relationships, job skills, nutrition, and other life skills. Volunteers help with tutoring, car repairs, haircuts, and much more.
Children get only one childhood. It is our desire that every child have a safe, stable place in which to grow and thrive. Our full time Child Advocate focuses on ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of our children by meeting with them both individually and weekly as a group. We coordinate services for the children through the schools and social services, representing their needs at all times. Weekly Life Skills classes teach children how to deal with change, difficult situations, healthy relationships, and much more. A Children's Hope Fund provides scholarships for sports, music, dance, camps, and other activities not normally affordable for the family.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
We are most excited about our new Family Services Center. This building project added 800 sq. feet to our office space so that we can have our family support services and office administration in one space. Before our addition we were utilizing one of the adjacent 2 bedroom apartments for case management and children's services. Not only does our Family Service Center greatly increase our efficiencies, it also frees up a home that can be used to house a family.
Beyond our ongoing need for unrestricted operating income, our greatest need is for additional units to house more families. The tightening economy has increased the number of those in need. Last year VMP received calls representing over 2,900 parents and children desperately seeking housing and help. Our greatest desire is to increase our ability to help families in need.