40 years ago, Daybreak founder Bill Yakely was inspired to “help the children”
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 Youth Services was born.
Since that day, Daybreak has grown with the mission of help the children at its core. Today, with facilities in Southwest Washington and Spokane, we are an innovator in the treatment of substance use disorder and co-occurring mental health needs for teens across the Pacific Northwest. We also offer short-term crisis stabilization services for mental health at both of our facilities.
Thank you to all of Daybreak’s founders: Helen Houser, John Lindeblad, Charlotte Mills, Robert Mills, Betty Stratton, and Bill Yakely