ABOUT US      

Our Mission and Vision

Vine Maple Place is a Christian organization that breaks the generational cycle of homelessness by working with single parents and their children.  Our approach offers safety, provides stability, and equips to self-sufficiency.
 
The vision of Vine Maple Place is to end family homelessness in South King County, resulting in healthier communities where every child and parent has a stable home to grow and thrive.

Our History, Est. 2000

Vine Maple Place incorporated in 2000 as a non-profit transitional housing service when 9 churches in Maple Valley joined together to help homeless single mothers with children have a place to live, and recover from homelessness. By 2011, we served 14 single parents and their children per year.
 

In 2012 we began to research and pilot new, effective ways of helping families facing homelessness become safe, stable, and self-sufficient. The Stable Families model was launched in September 2012 and today serves 524 families annually. The Stable Families model serves families who are homeless, or days away from eviction

By emphasizing a client-focused, integrated approach that’s evidence-based, and assessed for effectiveness, families recovering from homelessness are successful. After exiting the Program, 91% are still housed one year later. Compared to the old model, the Stable Families program today helps families spend less than half the amount of the time in our services – a reduction from 18 months to the current average of 5.5 months – and has decreased costs by 79% per family. 524 families and 1033 children have been served in 2020 – with a 2,366% increase in individuals served from 2012 – 2020. With the opening of the Family Hope Center (debt-free) in November 2018, the physical capacity has tripled to serve more moms and kids, and so has the ability to offer deeper and more tailored services, all in one site.

Board of Directors

  • Jon Aguirre

    Chair


    Jon has a B.S. in Construction Management and is self-employed in Property Management. He lives in Sammamish, WA and re-joined the board in June 2021 (former Chair).
  • Tom Medhurst

    Vice Chair

     

    Tom is the President of BFG Supply Co. and has served on the Federal Way Planning Commission since 2010, currently as the Chair, Commissioner. He lives in Federal Way, WA and joined the board in February 2023. 

  • Sylvia Nist

    Secretary 

     

    Sylvia has been a resident of Maple Valley for 23 years. She has served on various school committees and church boards. She lives in Maple Valley, WA and joined the board in January 2019.

  • Dan Schmitt

    Treasurer


    Dan has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and has over 25 years of management experience in wholesale distribution. He lives in Black Diamond, WA, attends St. Barbara Catholic Church, and joined the board in December 2019.
  • Ben Bicknell


    Ben has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and is 50% owner of Collinear Group. He lives in Maple Valley, WA and attends Maple Valley Presbyterian Church and rejoined the board in March 2018.

  • David Bluhm


    David has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and certificates in Leadership Change & Organizational Renewal, and in Executive Leadership. He is the President and co-founder of Plunk, delivering analytics and insights to the residential real estate industry. He lives in Issaquah, WA and joined the board in May 2022.

  • Sherry Maple


    Sherry has a BBA and is a former Starbucks Executive, specializing in technology and brand management. She lives in Maple Valley, WA and joined the board in September 2022.
  • Nicki Keener

     

    Nicki graduated from University of WA Business School and is a member of the Association of Bankers. She is Regional Credit Approver, Commercial Banking for KeyBank and has been in banking for over 32 years. She lives in Seattle, WA and joined the board in December 2022.


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Financial Reports

To review our financials and annual reports, please click on the links below. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 425-432-2119 or email: info@vinemapleplace.org