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Did you know that about 85 percent of the human brain develops in the first three years of life? Holly Ridge Center does and that is just one reason why the agency has been successful for 50 years.
 
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About Us - Our History

In 1961, Washington State legislation provided for the establishment of day care and training centers for mentally and physically challenged persons for whom no other programs existed.  Holly Ridge Center was organized in June 1963 under the name of Forrest Ridge Pre-Institutional Center for Exceptional Children of Kitsap County, Inc., by a group of interested citizens and parents who realized the need for a private, not-for-profit corporation to provide training and other services to retarded persons and their families.  A court action in August 1967 caused the name to be changed to Holly Ridge Center.

In 1978, Holly Ridge Center was certified by the State of Washington, Division of Developmental Disabilities to provide early childhood services and pre-work training.  It is the philosophy of Holly Ridge Center that every individual is entitled to become as self-sufficient as possible and develop to his or her fullest potential.  Programs are designed at Holly Ridge to assist the person in meeting these goals, and Holly Ridge Center staff work closely with the parents, residential staff, and other service agencies to facilitate these goals.

 

The program originally was located in the former Civil Defense Building in Bremerton.  When it began, there were 18 children and one instructor.  In 1967, the program was moved to the Olympic Center where there were two programs:  the Early Childhood Program, now known as the Infant Toddler Program, and the Adult Work Program, which is known currently as Holly Ridge Center Adult Employment Services.  In 1982, a long-term goal was reached when the Adult Employment Services and the Infant Toddler Program were housed at separate, more normalized locations.  The Adult Employment Services program moved to downtown Bremerton, and the Infant Toddler Program and the administrative offices moved into a building located on Taylor Road in Bremerton, which was built with Referendum 37 funds.  Currently, all programs are housed at the main site on Taylor Road and the Infant Toddler Program has satellite sites in Poulsbo and Port Orchard.

 

Funding for programs comes from a variety of County, State, Federal, and community sources which includes United Way, Gold Wing Road Rider’s Association, Agency fundraising events and donations from civic groups and private citizens of the Kitsap County community.

 

Holly Ridge Center serves all people referred regardless of race, religion, sex or any other legally protected class, who have developmental delays or disabilities, including people with mild to profound retardation, orthopedic, neurological, sensory motor impairments and multiple disabilities.

 

Holly Ridge Center has grown and changed with the times, keeping in mind it’s goal to maximize opportunities for people with developmental delays or disabilities in the most normalized and integrated manner possible.


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