Vision House is a Christian non-profit that provides transitional housing, critical support and life skills training and the time needed for a family experiencing homelessness to identify their strengths to become more resilient and housing ready. Our facilities are located in Renton and Shoreline, Washington.
Since Vision House began in 1990, more than 1,000 men, women and children have benefited from our housing, case management services and recovery groups.
Our goal is to help families experiencing homelessness to transition to permanent housing by providing housing and services that promote housing stability. Our program consists of transitional housing and referrals to long-term supportive housing. Classes and case management are provided to address the barriers to self-sufficiency and housing stability and include education and vocational training, life skills development, employment, parenting and health and wellness. We believe that by helping people develop their God-given gifts and talents, they will create sustainable change for themselves and will be able to support themselves and their families into the future.
Currently we have 22 apartments at our Renton locations and 12 units at are Shoreline location. Vision House is in the process of creating 10 more units in Shoreline along with a child care center.
John and Susan Camerer saw the movie God Bless the Child about a single mother who, through a series of events that were no fault of her own, became homeless. The heartbreaking conclusion was of the mother reluctantly placing her young daughter in the care of the state because she couldn’t care for her while living on the streets. After the movie, the Camerers felt a strong calling to meet the needs of the homeless. John and Susan believe that by meeting the physical needs of the homeless, we have the opportunity to show them God’s love and make an everlasting difference in their lives.
The couple writes a personal check for $800 and establishes “Vision Special Needs Housing.” Because of John’s experience working with men in the prison system, they first establish a transitional home for single men recovering from substance abuse. This would later be called Vision House and is now an organization solely focused on transitional housing for homeless families with children.
Provided life skills training classes for parents in the following areas: Boundaries, Cooking Matters, Financial Literacy, Housing Sustainability, Parenting, Education Sustainability and Transformations.
Melissa has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University with an emphasis in servant leadership and strategic planning and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources. She has over 20 years of experience in program management and leadership development. Melissa’s work with Vision House as Human Resources Manager over the past decade has included all facets of leadership and strategic planning. Her prior experience has included leadership positions in the banking industry, the arts and with a large church staff. She currently leads a staff of 58, overseeing a $3.5 million budget as well as a $3 million capital campaign.
She has been with Vision House for over a decade and before becoming Executive Director, she held positions as Office Manager and Human Resources Manager. Melissa has a passion for supporting homeless mothers and their children and does what she can to do so.
“When you choose to rescue a local homeless family through Vision House, you provide a pathway out of homelessness. The lives of almost 400 men, women, and children have been transformed this past year because of you. As Mother Teresa said, “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” Those ripples are breaking the cycle of homelessness for children today.” – Melissa Gehrig
Vision House to Break Ground Adding 10 Units of Housing for Homeless Families
Renton-based non-profit Vision House is breaking ground at its Shoreline location adding 10 more units to the 12 units already established. Vision House provides housing and tailored services to homeless families with children at their facilities in Shoreline and Renton.
This phase of the Vision House Shoreline complex will be built in partnership with HomeAid Puget Sound with Polygon Northwest Homes as “Builder Captain” due to their influence and respect from members of the building community. Polygon will take the lead on the completion of the second housing complex and will be in attendance at the groundbreaking on Friday, April 27. Local government officials will also be attending.
The demand for housing help is high – Vision House receives upwards of 2500 calls and emails a year from families… Read More
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