Vision House

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As a non-profit service provider, Vision House is a program with transitional housing that helps break the cycle of homelessness for families with children. Regardless of race, religion, national origin, gender, or sexual preference, every person deserves a healthy home. It's not a privilege, but a basic human right.

As a Christian agency, we strive to provide opportunities for life change to overcome trauma, generational poverty, and situational homelessness.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Vision House
PO Box 2951
Renton, WA 98056


Phone: 425-228-6356

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 911493474

CEO/President: Melissa Gehrig

Chairman: Geoff Tamman

Board size: 9

Founder: John and Susan Camerer

Ruling year: 2005

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2015


To inspire our community to unite so that all people have access to a healthy home.

Mission statement

To follow Jesus in working with the poor and homeless to promote positive transformation of their lives.

Statement of faith

1. We believe In God, Creator and Lord of the Universe, the co-eternal triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Hebrews 11:3; 2 Corinthians 13:14)

2. We believe that Jesus Christ, God's Son, was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary and lived a sinless life. He died on the cross, removing our guilt and reconciling us to God. He rose bodily from the dead and ascended into heaven where He is the only mediator between God and man. (Romans 3:25; Luke 1:26-38; Hebrews 7:24-25; 1 Corinthians 15; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; John 20:31)

3. We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God, that all Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness, that the believer may be adequately equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12-13)

4. We believe all people are created in the image of God, born sinners, incapable of returning to God except through salvation by grace, through faith in Christ Jesus alone. (Titus 2:11-14; Ephesians 2:8-10; John 1:12; 1 John 5:11-13)

5. We believe the Holy Spirit persuades us to repent of our sins, renews our hearts, and causes the Church and its people to grow in Christian maturity. (Acts 1:8; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Ephesians 5:18-20; 1 Corinthians 3:16-17)

6. We believe in one holy, universal and apostolic Church, which is called to worship God, preach the Gospel, make disciples, promote righteousness and justice, and relieve human suffering. (Ephesians 1:22-23; Ephesians 5:25-27; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14)

7. We believe that Christ will return to raise the dead, judge all people and establish His glorious kingdom. ( John 5:28-29; John 11:25-26; Revelation 20:5-15)

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating884 of 1113114 of 141
Fund acquisition rating810 of 1114107 of 141
Resource allocation rating667 of 111472 of 141
Asset utilization rating766 of 1113110 of 141

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$83,291$69,996$67,434$99,037$363,032
Short-term investments$120,093$117,854$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$2,509,209$2,839,539$2,134,592$1,786,046$1,437,048
Long-term investments$69,060$83,693$160,769$141,188$249,519
Fixed assets$9,276,149$9,656,255$9,947,454$9,425,189$8,156,085
Other long-term assets$108,010$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$9,453,219$9,739,948$10,108,223$9,566,377$8,405,604
Total assets$11,962,428$12,579,487$12,242,815$11,352,423$9,842,652
Payables and accrued expenses$324,834$349,848$250,023$303,350$268,570
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$324,834$349,848$250,023$303,350$268,570
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$109,747$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$311,362$188,023$691,747$404,637$401,344
Total liabilities$636,196$537,871$941,770$707,987$669,914
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$10,043,587$10,413,223$10,085,193$8,876,786$7,393,079
With donor restrictions$1,282,645$1,628,393$1,215,852$1,767,650$1,779,659
Net assets$11,326,232$12,041,616$11,301,045$10,644,436$9,172,738
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$3,612,368$4,360,813$3,706,994$4,170,990$2,666,652
Program service revenue$1,185,888$1,428,753$1,342,146$1,558,236$1,473,484
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$3,168$12,927$17,136$39,429$17,876
Other revenue($88,835)($37,699)($32,254)($108,987)($105,917)
Total other revenue$1,100,221$1,403,981$1,327,028$1,488,678$1,385,443
Total revenue$4,712,589$5,764,794$5,034,022$5,659,668$4,052,095
Program services$4,219,727$4,048,443$3,537,899$3,298,551$3,046,450
Management and general$532,473$488,039$387,655$417,839$339,816
Total expenses$5,400,028$5,045,653$4,458,867$4,210,150$3,834,218
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)($687,439)$719,141$575,155$1,449,518$217,877
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($687,439)$719,141$575,155$1,449,518$217,877


Melissa GehrigExecutive Director$146,027
Ashley SamuelFinance Manager$81,341

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2022

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 10/20/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


Founded in 1990 in Renton, WA, Vision House was born out of a God-given conviction in the hearts of John and Susan Camerer to reach and support single moms with kids at risk of ending up on the streets. Vision House has been providing transitional housing with supportive services for the past 30 years to help families experiencing homelessness move from crisis to stability and self-sufficiency. The ministry has grown from serving two single mothers and their kids at one time to now serving over 300 families a year, supporting single mothers, single fathers and two-parent families. Our program is infused with the commitment and passion to see lives changed and the cycle of homelessness broken for the next generation.

Program accomplishments

183 individuals in families experiencing homelessness received housing and support services in 2022

751 families received housing stability services; referrals to permanent housing; support for legal, educational or employment needs; counseling and recovery referrals in 2022

90% of Vision House families are on the path to permanent housing!