About us

The RAYS main office in downtown Renton.

Mission: To strengthen the lives of children, youth, and families by restoring hope and stability in the face of emotional conflict, substance abuse, and poverty.

Founded: 1970

Number of employees: 42 – this includes 14 interns and externs completing university counseling training programs.

Number of locations: 2 – downtown Renton and Skyway

Administration & Counseling
1025 S. Third Street
Renton, WA 98057
425-271-5600

Family Support & Prevention Services
12704 76th Avenue S
Seattle, WA 98178
206-772-2050

Service areas: Renton, Skyway, and Tukwila

Who we serve: Children and youth from birth to age 18, as well as their families & caregivers

Most RAYS families turn to us for help coping with issues that include:

  • Physical and sexual abuse
  • Drug addiction
  • Grief from the death of a loved one or other loss
  • Depression
  • Acting out in school
  • Dropping out of school or otherwise incomplete education
  • Involvement or risk of involvement in crime
  • Poverty and lack of resources 

Most of our services are free to the client, paid for with various service contracts. Counseling and drug treatment services have sliding-scale fees and most families pay through Medicaid. No family is turned away for not being able to pay.

RAYS is well-respected in its field. We receive referrals from school teachers and counselors, the court system, and Child Protective Services.

How many we serve: About 1,000 children and families per year.

Budget: We are a mid-sized nonprofit with $1.4 million in revenue.

75% comes from government funding – Medicaid reimbursements, county grants, and city contracts.

20% comes from foundation and United Way grants – increasing this funding has been a priority and has resulted in new grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Raikes Foundation.

5% comes from individual and corporate donations – we are building the infrastructure to increase this number and mitigate future government cuts.

Fiscal year: July 1 to June 30

Our budget planning begins around April and our financial audit takes place around October.

Key partnerships:

Renton and Tukwila School Districts. Our therapists and Spark T.H.I.S. staff work on-site in about half of the Renton schools. Our therapists are in all of the Tukwila schools. This partnership eases the transportation barriers our families face and helps us work toward our clients’ academic success.

University of Washington, Washington State University, Seattle University, Seattle Pacific University, Antioch, and Northwest University. We host social work and counseling interns from these schools. Interns work at RAYS from 6 to 18 months. This partnership enables us to serve more children. It also helps us to mentor students in working with their profession’s most vulnerable families.

Community Agencies. RAYS is part of a network of sister agencies. We do similar work and each focus on a particular region. (e.g. Kent Youth & Family Services, Friends of Youth, Communites in Schools of Renton). We contract with Navos, one of the state’s largest mental health agencies, for Medicaid billing and 24-hour crisis care. RAYS works closely with HealthPoint Community Health Centers as well as with other health services to coordinate primary care and behavioral health services with our clients.

Who leads us: RAYS is led by a volunteer Board of Directors composed of persons who have backgrounds in education, business, and healthcare. The Board provides oversight, direction and policies for the agency. The Executive Director is Richard Brooks, MA.