“We're hoping to top $10,000 this year,” she added.
Vinson said that she was attracted to Compassionate Hands because “they want to help people stuck in a cycle” to get out of it through counseling, budgeting classes and other practical outreach measures.
“It's just like I always tried to teach my own kids,” said Vinson, who raised her two sons in Yukon and now has seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
“I have a lot of boys,” Vinson added with a chuckle.
Vinson said real estate has been a good career for her.
“I've never been a 9-to-5 person,” she said.
She earned her real estate license and started working for Marolyn Pryor Realtors during what Vinson called “the height of the bust” of the mid-1980s.
“Some of my listings had birthdays,” she recalled about houses that sat on the market for more than a year.
Vinson said she “learned fast” how to handle lender-owned properties, wading through years' worth of depressed inventory, always with the vision “to rebuild the community.”
To this day, Vinson considers working as a Realtor her way of serving the Yukon community.
She spent a recent morning preparing a new listing at 1600 King's Gate Court, a 2,800-square foot home built in 1994 that she said features “tons of storage” and a backyard putting green.
The four-bedroom, four-bath, light-filled home is built around a spacious, granite-topped kitchen and an open living room-dining room with fireplace. The two-story house has two bedrooms downstairs, including a giant master suite. The upstairs bedrooms are linked to a central game room with wet bar, opening up to a deck with a view over the backyard.
The home will list “right at $100 a square foot.”
Vinson said that Yukon “did not participate” in the recession of the past several years, experiencing instead “a steady real estate market” throughout, although, she said, some buyers are still having trouble getting qualified for the financing they need.