Ruth Dykeman Center Merges With Navos


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On Monday (Nov. 29), two of Burien’s most prolific non-profits announced that they were merging – the Ruth Dykeman Children’s Center (RDCC), established in 1921, is merging with Navos, one of the largest providers of community mental health services to low-income people in King County.

Following the merger, the Ruth Dykeman campus will continue to operate at its current location on SW 152nd, will retain its name and will continue offering residential treatment programs for youth and adolescents. RDCC outpatient counseling services will become part of NAVOS’ Child and Family Services department and will continue to be offered on the Ruth Dykeman campus.

“Operating as a single and larger organization will create efficiencies as Navos has earned a reputation as a well-administered organization with strong financial management and support services,” reads a statement.

Jim Dykeman, grandson of founder Judge King Dykeman and a long time RDCC Board member, endorsed the agreement to combine agencies, commenting, “I am very pleased about this new relationship with Navos. By integrating our resources during these difficult economic times, RDCC will have additional capabilities to provide programs and services to the more vulnerable children in our community.

Dr. David Johnson, Navos CEO, added:

“This is a combination that will greatly benefit both organizations: pooling our resources and programs will result in making both RDCC and Navos stronger and more effective in helping children and families with multiple, significant issues requiring a broad range of services.”

Following the merger, the RDCC campus will retain the Ruth Dykeman name and will continue offering its accredited residential treatment programs for youth and adolescents. RDCC outpatient counseling services will become part of NAVOS’ excellent Child and Family Services department and will continue to be offered on the Ruth Dykeman campus.

For 88 years, Ruth Dykeman Children’s Center (RDCC) has served the needs of the community through its residential, home and community-based services. Helping children, families, and communities achieve success and self-sufficiency is the primary goal of each of the programs RDCC offers.

NAVOS is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1966 that offers a full spectrum of innovative mental health services to thousands of low income children and adults each year, from crisis intervention to inpatient care to highly specialized and recovery-oriented outpatient services for individuals and families at every life stage.

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6 Responses to “Ruth Dykeman Center Merges With Navos”
  1. Concerned Former Employee says:

    The merge is a result of the Board of Ruth Dykeman Children’s Center firing their long-time CEO Tom Rembiesa in December 2009. Following that the board released 3 Vice Presidents and restructured and reduced further under the failed management services agreement with Trillium Family Service in Portland.

    The staff at Ruth Dykeman work very hard every day, with no reward. Without the merge, the center would have to shut down. Navos is treating the Ruth Dykeman employees as second class employees, with huge pay discrepancies.

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  2. Eaton B. Verz says:

    Concerned, That is a real shame. I’m afraid you won’t get much sympathy on this blog. This is the most anti labor blog I’ve seen in a while. It’s all about profit and screw the kids. I still like the idea of closing the place and develop it into a park so the citizens of Burien finally have public access to their lake!!

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    • Grace Maier says:

      That is a very selfish view. We have several lakes and sound parks; Ruth Dykeman is a stand alone entity in our community who works with the most vulnerable kids in our community. Most have been severely damaged by the very adults who were supposed to care and defend them. They now need serious help through counseling as they cannot be placed in a foster home. They deserve help so that they can become productive and successfuly adults.

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  3. Not So Sure... says:

    To Concerned Former Employee: Ruth Dykeman has been in operation for nearly 89 years and the community really respects what the organization is about. As for Navos they have a pretty good track record as well. I can’t imagine with a merger just getting completed that either side has ironed out all the seams, especially wages, etc. Your disgruntled comments don’t hurt anyone but the kids and people that both agencies work to help.

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    • David Katz says:

      It’s hard for me to see, Not So Sure, how disgruntled comments hurt anyone. How do they hurt the clients of the agencies? To me it seems that failing to comment when frustrated would pose more of a risk.

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      • Not So Sure... says:

        David,

        I am saying that making unfounded claimscomments about the agencies that are working hard to serve those clients creates bad press and doubt about the integrity of the agencies. Since both agencies are not-for-profits who work with severely disabled clients, in a very competitive environment for funding, those comments hurt. The comment “Navos is treating the Ruth Dykeman employees as second class employees, with huge pay discrepancies” doesn’t make sense in the timeline of events. That agency wouldn’t have time to address the wages as I am sure they are taking on a lot of clean-up and back work to just keep Ruth Dykeman operational. I wish the best for both organizations, it is lean times and they both work with our most vulnerable and needy citizens.

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