In the summer of 1978, Bill Yakely was on his tractor at his family farm near Spokane, Washington. The hum of the engine and alfalfa rustling in the warm summer wind faded, and Yakely heard a clear voice say, “Help the children.”
With a young family of his own and a new veterinary clinic to run, he didn’t know what to do with the directive. But when he shared the call with his pastor, the pastor told him he wasn’t the only member of the congregation to receive the message. Thus began a small group of dedicated individuals motivated by a single goal: help the children. After significant research, they discovered that a gap in children’s health services was addiction treatment.
And so, in a church basement with one counselor, a director, and two clients, Daybreak was born.
Since that day, Daybreak has grown with the mission of “Help the children” at our core. Today, Daybreak is an innovator in substance-use disorder treatment and co-occurring mental health treatment for teens across Washington state.
Forty years after Bill Yakely heard the call in his field, Daybreak’s RWC Center for Adolescent Recovery opened its doors to serve a new generation of kids in need.
Thank you to all Daybreak founders: Helen Houser, John Lindeblad, Charlotte Mills, Robert Mills, Betty Stratton, and Bill Yakely
Daybreak now operates the RWC Center for Adolescent Recovery in Brush Prairie, WA, specialized girls’ inpatient in Spokane and outpatient services in Spokane, Vancouver and Brush Prairie Washington.