Posted: May 23
A few months ago, Selina, mom of 3-year-old Cody, lost her job and her housing. She and Cody moved into her vehicle. Selina was humiliated to have her life stuffed into the back of the car, but they had no one to turn to for help. She found out about Vine Maple Place from the Maple Valley Food Bank and was overcome with joy and relief when she and Cody moved into temporary emergency shelter. Selina participated in the Employment Development program, where a job coach helped discover her marketable skills and update her resume, and showed her how to conduct a job search. Selina found appropriate clothes for job interviews in the wardrobe shed, affectionately known as the "Boutique," and was provided gas cards to help her get to job interviews. Selina was thrilled when she accepted a school district position with a wage of $19.50 per hour. She told her case manager "I know in my heart that Vine Maple Place gave me the confidence that I needed to even be able to apply for the position. I would have looked at $19.50 in the past and said 'they're not looking for someone like me.' Now, I have the confidence to go after exactly what I need to provide for my son!" To learn more about how Vine Maple Place is helping single parent and the children to break the generational cycle of homelessness, register on-line for a Vision of Hope tour at www.vinemapleplace.org or call Moriah Niblack, Community Outreach Coordinator, at 425-432-2119, ext. 117.