About us

Downtown RAYS Office
The RAYS main office in downtown Renton.
Mission: RAYS provides high-quality, integrated behavioral healthcare and prevention services to children, youth and families, to restore hope for a healthier future.
Founded: 1970
Number of employees: 42 – this includes 14 interns and externs completing university counseling training programs.
Number of locations: 2 – Downtown Renton and on the West Hill in Skyway
Main Office
1025 S. Third Street
Renton, WA 98057
Cynthia A. Green Family Center & Clinic
12704 76th Avenue S
Seattle, WA 98178
Service areas: Renton, Skyway, and Tukwila
Who we serve: Children and youth from birth to age 24, 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 1,700 children and families per year.
Budget: We are a mid-sized nonprofit with $1.6 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.
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 RAYS UP 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 interim Executive Director is Sue Camou-Arrant.
2018-2019 Board Members:
  • Dalen Harrison, President
  • Suellen Howard, Vice President
  • Dee Martindale, Treasurer
  • Joan Matheson, Secretary
  • Carolyn Parnell, Past President
  • David Schneider
  • Gary Sampson
  • Marylin Cooks
  • Sarah Barbee