VYFS distributes record number of vouchers to low-income Islanders

A record $66,030 in wellness vouchers were redeemed by low-income Islanders through Vashon Youth and Family Services' Wellness Voucher program in 2016. The number, released today in VYFS' Wellness Voucher Annual Report for 2016 today, is 35% higher than the value redeemed in 2015.

VYFS' vouchers, funded primarily by funding from Granny's Attic, help low-income Islanders meet healthcare needs. Vouchers can be used for a variety of expenses, including ferry and gasoline travel expenses overtown to see a specialist, prescriptions at Vashon Pharmacy, medical devices or daily living costs to help a resident pay a different medical cost out of pocket.

The agency distributed an additional $5,000 vouchers that have not yet been redeemed, but likely will be in the future.  Voucher recipients must do an intake to qualify for the services, and then request support for specific bills or providers. The VYFS Wellness Voucher Coordinator organizes the distribution of vouchers. Once a voucher is issues, the recipient takes it to an Island-based provider who has agreed to accept it, and uses it like cash. The provider then returns the voucher to VYFS for payment. 

Frequently Asked Questions

About the sale of the Playspace Building

Frequently Asked Questions
Regarding the sale of 9822 SW Gorsuch Road

What is happening with the Playspace Building? The Vashon Youth and Family Services Board of Directors has decided to place the building at 9822 SW Gorsuch Road for sale. This building is the current location for VYFS’ Birth to 6 early childhood center and a privately run daycare center. The building was listed on Thursday, February 2nd. People interested in the listing can contact Sarah Schosboek (206)-595-8220 SarahS@Windermere.com, or Sophia Stendahl (206) 992-4636; sophias@windermere.com.

Listing info: http://www.matrix.nwmls.com/DE.asp?ID=19893716080

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Does this mean the Playspace is closing? Absolutely not! VYFS has delivered parent education and support programs for Birth to 6 since 2003. We purchased the building on SW Gorsuch Road in 2011 and have served hundreds of Vashon families here. We are moving the program to new space – location to be determined.

Will this limit programming and support? No. We will continue to offer groups and drop-in programs and developmental screening. We will still teach Incredible Years twice yearly and we intend to expand our work to include more programs focused on building support for newborns and their families.

What is the timeline for the move? We are not certain yet when we will move from the building. Much depends on who wishes to buy it and their needs. When we have information, will publish it on the VYFS Playspace Facebook page and update this FAQ sheet.

Why is VYFS selling the SW Gorsuch Rd building?  VYFS purchased the building in 2011, with high hopes regarding operating the Birth to 6 program inside. In 2012, public funding for early childhood prevention collapsed, leading to ongoing deficits in the program and a lack of funds to support the building. Funds from the sale of the building will help sustain the Birth to 6 family support program and other VYFS services.

How does this impact the child care tenant? We received notice from the tenant before we placed the building on the market that would not renew their lease, which ends Sept. 30th. We do not otherwise know of their plans.

VYFS Announces Sale of Gorsuch Road Building

Playspace programs to continue serving Island Families

Programs will continue to support Island families to raise thriving, resilient children.

Programs will continue to support Island families to raise thriving, resilient children.

Today we mark the end of an era for the Playspace early parent support program. Since 2011, we have offered our family education and support services out of the Playspace building on SW Gorsuch Road and VashonHighway. Today we have placed the building on the market. The Board of Directors came to this decision after long months of discussion and consultation with staff.

We want to be perfectly clear that while the building will be sold, Playspace programming – including drop in play, Play N Learn and Play and Chat groups, Parents Night Out and Incredible Years, and many other services – will continue. We are working with staff and our realtors to find a suitable rental spot that will continue to provide young families a nurturing space while decreasing our overhead costs. If you would like to learn more, you are welcome to read this copy of a letter we sent to our capital campaign donors.

We welcome your memories of the Playspace years at the SW Gorsuch Road property. Please visit our Facebook page to leave your memories, photos, and comments.

We are grateful to have been able to support young Vashon families through the Gorsuch building and we look forward to more days ahead doing this work that we love. Thank you for your support.