Motivated by their strong Christian convictions, John and Susan Camerer founded Vision House in 1990. The couple was moved to help the homeless after seeing a heartbreaking television portrayal of a single mother who became homeless due to no fault of her own and was forced to place her daughter in the care of the state because she could not care for her while living on the streets. Soon after, the couple wrote a personal check for $800 to establish the ministry.
Our values are to make a significant contribution to the community by reducing the number of homeless men, women and children in Washington State and to dramatically change the lives of the homeless by providing housing and supportive services, enabling our residents to avoid homelessness, poverty and abuse in the future. Although Vision House was founded on Christian principles, there are no mandatory spiritual activities for clients. Vision House’s mission statement is:
The primary goal of Vision House is to promote self-sufficiency. Vision House first provides residents with a stable, safe living environment. Secondly Vision House provides counseling and support services enabling residents to pursue further education, training, or a job. Once a family becomes self-sufficient, Vision House’s goal is to transition the family to permanent housing making sure the family has adequate income, health care coverage and child care that will ensure the family will remain self-sufficient in the future.
Vision House is committed to serving the homeless whose income falls below 30% of the median income. Residents are invited to live in our facilities for 18 months to 2 years, but many stay longer when they pursue a four –year degree. Vision House charges no more than 30% of a person’s monthly income for rent, however residents are welcomed with the inability to pay any rent.
Vision House staff quickly became aware that a lack of quality child care would be a major obstacle when supporting families in transition to self-sufficiency. Children’s Village Child Care opened its doors in June of 2005. Our goal is to provide a high quality, Christian based program meeting the child care needs of Vision House clients and the local community.