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VYFS Announces 2nd Annual Raft Up!
A Uniquely Vashon Event is Back and Better!

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Building on the success of last year, Vashon Youth & Family Services announces that our second annual Raft Up! event will be held at Jensen Point on Sunday, September 20th, 2015.  Registration is $25 per watercraft.  Raffle tickets to win an ocean kayak, paddle and spray skirt are available at the Vashon Bookshop or the VYFS office.  Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.  Grab your human-powered watercraft (kayak, canoe, rowboat, paddleboard, raft, dinghy, etc.), your friends and your family, and head to Quartermaster Harbor for a final summer fling!

Raft Up is the uniting of a community to defend the Washington State record for the most kayaks, paddleboards, rafts, etc. linked together.  Join VYFS to fill the harbor with human-powered watercraft linked up side by side in celebration of the fact that “We’re Stronger Together”.  A family-friendly community celebration, this year’s event will include food, a music stage, children’s carnival games and more.  The festivities run 10:00 am – 3:00 pm rain or shine.

Any human-powered watercraft is welcome.  Boats should be in the water around 1:00pm, and we’ll perform the Raft Up! maneuver (link hands, paddles or oars across your neighbor’s boat to create a strong, stable connection) at 1:30pm.  Registration information and all the facts can be found at vyfs.org/raftup or the VYFS office.

The Raft Up! event raises critical funds to support the many Vashon Youth & Family Services mental health and community programs that help Vashon thrive.

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Welcome to Vashon Youth & Family Services

_kmw8737Vashon Youth and Family Services (VYFS) is a non-profit organization that has been providing human services to residents of Vashon Island, Washington, for thirty-one years. The agency began as a one-room organization providing limited counseling and job placement services. Today, VYFS is the primary social services agency on the island, providing an array of prevention and intervention services. It is the sole licensed mental globet agency on Vashon Island. Services are aimed at nurturing the emotional wellness of residents – particularly children and their parents/guardians.

The mission of Vashon Youth & Family Services is to help Islanders raise thriving, resilient children and youth by fostering a community of emotionally healthy, resourceful families and individuals.

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The DSHS Mobile Community Service Office is coming!

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DSHS now has a mobile van which visits the Island. It is a full service operation providing assistance with paperwork and assessment of needs.  The van will be visiting the Island next on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015. It will be at the Food Bank (10030 SW 210th) from 10:30am - 1:00pm, and then by the Vashon Market (17639 100th Ave. SW) from 2:30 - 4:30pm. Clients are served on a first come first serve basis.

At this event, you can apply for:

- Cash Assistance

- Basic Food Assistance

- Child Care Services

You can also drop off paperwok, complete an Eligibility Review, Mid-Certification Review, or make changes to an existing case.

Future dates will be posted as they become available.

VYFS is hiring! PDF Print E-mail

Vashon Youth & Family Services is currently seeking a Full Time Mental Health Case Manager - Therapist. Please visit our Employment page for more information.

Vashon Island Awarded Shared Use Van PDF Print E-mail

King County has provided Vashon Youth & Family Services, and four other local social service agencies, a surplus van to serve the Vashon community. Working together, VYFS, Vashon Household, Vashon Senior Center, Seeds4Success and the Interfaith Council to Prevent Homelessness secured the 11-person van, formerly used by Metro Transit. The van will be used to serve the needs of children, seniors and low income community members on Vashon Island, and will only be used to enhance social service offerings.

The five agencies will share the insurance and maintenance costs equally, and Seeds4Success will serve as the booking and billing agency. Inquiries about van usage need to be approved by the Vashon Youth & Family Services executive director. Vashon Youth & Family Services is extremely pleased to have this additional asset to serve our community and looks forward to working closely with the other four social service agencies to maximize the use of the shared Van.

The van's inaugural journey was to Yakima WA, to transport seven youth and their chaperons  to a prevention summit focused on reducing community drug and alcohol use. In total, 15 people from Vashon attended the prevention summit. The weekend summit was comprised of a series of workshops for youth and adults on a variety of subjects including, sustaining prevention programs, cyber bullying, preventing marijuana abuse and teen leadership workshops.

Vashon Youth and Family Services prevention team is looking forward to making this an annual pilgrimage to support their prevention efforts in the Vashon community.


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