Vine Maple Place

Ending Homelessness

aka VMP   |   Maple Valley, WA   |

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Vine Maple Place

EIN: 91-2082308


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.

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Executive Director

Michelle Frets

Main address

PO Box 1092

Maple Valley, WA 98038 USA

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Subject area info

Child development

Family counseling

Single parent support

Housing for the homeless

Rent and mortgage assistance

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Population served info

Children and youth


Women and girls

Men and boys


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NTEE code info

Single Organization Support (L11)

Single Parent Agencies/Services (P42)

Single Organization Support (O11)

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Our programs

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Stable Families

Vine Maple Place works with single-parent families to break the generational cycle of homelessness by offering safety, providing stability, and equipping for self-sufficiency. Our vision is a safe and stable home where every parent and child can thrive.
We provide holistic, integrated, trauma-informed services in S. King County that includes Maple Valley, Covington, Kent, Auburn, and Renton. Our Stable Families program weaves together emergency housing, housing stability services, behavioral health services, employment and livable-wage development, financial literacy training, parenting support, and all-inclusive child and youth services.
Stable Families works: 12 months after exiting the program, 91% of families remain stably housed. By emphasizing an approach that is evidence-based and continually assessed for effectiveness, Stable Families equips parents and children with the skills needed to become stable, ending the generational cycle of homelessness.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Non-adult children

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Our results

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Goals & Strategy

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Vine Maple Place assists families in crisis to stop the cycle of homelessness by helping single parents and their children build lives of hope, stability and greater self-sufficiency. We are dedicated to equipping at-risk families with the skills they need to become stable and economically self-sufficient. Our focus is to help adults break the patterns in their lives that lead to homelessness and to help children avoid repeating those same patterns as they mature.

Since inception in 2000, we have provided transitional housing and support programs for homeless single parents and their children. Because clients who come into our program may have experienced declining financial stability for several years before reaching a crisis point that leads to the loss of their housing, we recognized a significant need for intervention for families in imminent danger of losing their housing due to financial instability. From that identified need, our homelessness prevention program was implemented in 2013.

The combined programs give us the flexibility to meet families before, during, or after a homeless episode, and have significantly increased our capacity to help more people in need in our community. Our services for homeless and near-homeless families include housing assistance, case management, financial literacy, employment development, and child and youth services. We believe this innovative approach could virtually end family homelessness in our community, and we have designed it to be easily replicated in other communities.

We respond to family housing crises by initially providing innovative housing solutions -- emphasizing homeless prevention and rapidly re-housing families to limit the time they spend homeless. We know that by keeping families in their existing homes, they return to stability more quickly, with less trauma to the children, and at far less cost to the community. They are also able to stay connected with their established schools and support systems.

Once a family is stable, we work toward a long-term solution. We tailor a plan of support services, based on where they are in the cycle of homelessness, to help them transform into thriving, self-sufficient members of the community.

Our wraparound services for families include:
• Housing Solutions: Housing assistance focuses on keeping families in their current housing or quickly getting them re-housed within 30 days, and includes some temporary shelter/transitional housing. We offer financial assistance to stabilize an immediate housing crisis, and support services focused on building skills that eliminate barriers to housing stability.
• Case Management and Counseling: Case managers assist each family in creating and implementing a family transition plan, utilizing counseling and life skills development classes focused on reducing housing barriers, to achieve stability.
• Financial Literacy and Coaching: Training and one-on-one coaching, including debt reduction, spending plans, and credit repair and management, is a core foundation that strengthens families in financial distress. Financial coaches teach classes that develop knowledge of basic financial management skills, helping families learn to stabilize their housing and financial situation for the long term.
• Employment and Livable-Wage Development: Workshops and one-on-one coaching build employment development skills for clients. Obtaining full-time, livable-wage employment is critical to achieving long-term stability, including stable housing, and increased economic self-sufficiency.
• Child and Youth Services: The needs of at-risk children are identified through in-depth assessments and parent communication, and a development plan is created to help each child reach age-appropriate emotional, academic, and developmental goals. They participate in activities that promote self-esteem and emotional stability, utilizing tutoring, counseling, mentoring, therapeutic intervention, and life skills coaching, in order to be successful at home and school. They also develop the skills necessary to break the cycle of generational homelessness.

Vine Maple Place is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors, made up of 7 committed and active members who meet quarterly, with 100% participation in financial support. The operations are led by dedicated executive and senior management who are highly experienced in leadership, developing and implementing long-term strategies for growth and sustainability, and organizational effectiveness and efficiency.

Our highly qualified staff work as a cohesive team, along with hundreds of trained and screened volunteers. They provide case management and counseling, financial and employment workshops, mentoring, tutoring, life-skills training, development, and administrative support to ensure the success of our clients - fulfilling our mission to break the cycle of homelessness for single parents and their children.

We are also joined in our commitment by over 30 area churches and dozens of businesses that support us by providing funding, volunteers, and leadership. We have developed multiple funding sources including: individual, church, and business donations; matching gift programs; fundraisers; foundation and grant funding; and community group support.

Overall, our revenue is well-diversified and not dependent on any single source. We recognize the need to continue to increase our income in order to expand our programs to help more families in need. Accordingly, we have a fundraising plan that includes: 1) expanding fundraising resources, 2) increasing individual donor income, 3) increasing fundraising event income, 4) developing stronger church and community connections, and 5) developing relationships with potential new foundations. Our fundraising efforts are led by a Development Team made up of Vine Maple Place staff, board members and committed volunteers.

To build a stronger community, we need community awareness and coordinated response. We recognize that no single agency or program has all the resources needed to prevent homelessness, so we developed the Community Caring Network an alliance of collaborating social service agencies, area churches, schools, community organizations, and the cities of Maple Valley, Black Diamond, Covington and parts of Kent. This alliance is managed by Vine Maple Place and works together to serve families who are homeless or in imminent danger of becoming homeless.

Distressed families become stronger through our programs and the help of the Community Caring Network. Families receive support focused on obtaining emergency assistance, legal aid, landlord negotiations, mental health counseling, and more. For example, we collaborate with local landlords and property management firms to identify and provide affordable housing to families in our program. We also have collaborative partnerships with YMCA, to provide child and family mental health counseling, and KidVantage NW, to provide basic essentials for children in need.

We have seen thousands of families break the cycle of homelessness and become stable and economically self-sufficient.

2023 Results
Adult Outcomes:
95% reached housing stability and 91% maintained their current housing past one year.
73% were employed at exit and increased their earned income toward a livable wage.
75% increased their financial stability by increasing their financial literacy.

Child Outcomes:
96% re-engage emotionally and in a healthy family relationship.
91% show a positive outcome in situation, attitude or behavior.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1.15 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

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Average of 8.5 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2023 info

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Average of 16% over 10 years

Funding sources info

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Assets & liabilities info

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Financial data

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Vine Maple Place

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Vine Maple Place’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $1,512,697 $724,310 $1,307,141 $1,174,929 $619,068
As % of expenses 60.5% 21.6% 32.6% 20.7% 9.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $1,315,900 $450,954 $1,029,840 $838,777 $39,080
As % of expenses 48.8% 12.5% 24.1% 14.0% 0.6%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $3,476,563 $4,155,580 $5,584,185 $6,825,566 $7,199,408
Total revenue, % change over prior year -16.1% 19.5% 34.4% 22.2% 5.5%
Program services revenue 0.1% 0.1% 0.1% 0.1% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.3% 0.2% 0.0% 0.3% 0.5%
Government grants 0.7% 1.2% 12.0% 2.4% 2.8%
All other grants and contributions 98.9% 98.5% 87.9% 97.2% 86.2%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 10.4%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $2,498,943 $3,347,795 $4,003,526 $5,675,462 $6,296,234
Total expenses, % change over prior year 24.4% 34.0% 19.6% 41.8% 10.9%
Personnel 53.0% 49.5% 53.3% 52.7% 55.4%
Professional fees 5.0% 4.7% 3.9% 2.8% 2.6%
Occupancy 4.2% 3.8% 3.1% 8.8% 7.9%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 27.9% 30.7% 30.6% 26.9% 25.7%
All other expenses 9.9% 11.3% 9.1% 8.7% 8.4%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $2,695,740 $3,621,151 $4,280,827 $6,011,614 $6,876,222
One month of savings $208,245 $278,983 $333,627 $472,955 $524,686
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $260,502 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $5,438,744 $0 $0 $2,272,602 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $8,342,729 $3,900,134 $4,874,956 $8,757,171 $7,400,908

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Months of cash 3.6 5.4 7.9 4.9 5.2
Months of cash and investments 3.9 5.6 8.1 5.1 5.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 3.2 5.2 7.3 2.6 3.4
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Cash $754,695 $1,503,480 $2,624,761 $2,337,507 $2,745,434
Investments $59,591 $64,336 $65,786 $64,533 $67,797
Receivables $620,199 $404,648 $2,155,697 $1,065,876 $780,614
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $7,498,791 $7,686,354 $7,758,469 $10,134,466 $10,212,130
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 12.9% 16.2% 19.6% 18.3% 23.9%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 8.5% 7.2% 17.5% 14.6% 25.8%
Unrestricted net assets $7,195,155 $7,646,109 $8,675,949 $9,514,726 $9,553,806
Temporarily restricted net assets $166,880 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $166,880 $250,355 $631,373 $606,548 $890,654
Total net assets $7,362,035 $7,896,464 $9,307,322 $10,121,274 $10,444,460

Key data checks

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Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Executive Director

Michelle Frets

As Executive Director, Michelle leads the strategic development of the company and oversees all aspects of daily operations. She has been with Vine Maple Place since 2009 and in 2016 was promoted to her current position by the Board of Directors to continue the success, growth and sustainability of the organization for the future. She has successfully leveraged her corporate skills and experience to lead initiatives that drive change and promote community transformation. Her passion for equipping struggling families with resources and skills to change the trajectory of their lives, and saving children from repeating the cycle, motivates her to continue seeking out innovative and effective methods of support.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 07/09/2024
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Board chair

Jon Aguirre


Term: 2021 - 2027

Sylvia Nist

Community Leader

Jon Aguirre


David Bluhm


Sherry Maple

Former Starbucks Executive

Nicki Keener

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Brenda Weber

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Josh Bean

Kim Pratt

Madrona Law Group, PLLC

Dan Schmitt

Former Wholesale Distribution Management

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/8/2024

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
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Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
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Person without a disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/29/2024

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
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