Roxanne Bryson, Holly Ridge Center Executive Director, Awarded Leadership Kitsap Outstanding Alumni Award
This award recognizes an alumnus who best represents the principles of Leadership Kitsap, whose purpose is to provide focus for an effective group of alumni who respond to challenges facing our dynamic and evolving region.
The award was presented to Roxanne during the June 23, 2015 Leadership Kitsap graduation ceremony at Kiana Lodge. Olympic College Foundation Director David Emmons said, “Roxanne naturally and unassumingly embodies the definition of a servant-leader by wanting to serve first. Her career is built upon this very notion. Focusing primarily on the growth and well-being of people and the communities to which they belong, Roxanne seeks continuous community change until we live in a world where everyone is accepted and valued for the person that they are. And, the beauty of this is that her passion and guidance inspires and drives her staff to fulfil Holly Ridge’s mission to enable children and adults with differing abilities to reach their fullest potential, creating a positive and lasting impact on the community.”
Over the years, Roxanne has provided leadership and guidance to local coalitions and groups, such as the Leadership Kitsap, the Ethnic Unity Coalition, Partnership 2020, Parent Coalitions, Olympic Kitsap Peninsula Early Learning Coalition & Infant Toddler DEL work group, and local chambers of commerce. She was also instrumental in creating partnerships with local non-profits to reduce duplication of services and moving the community to one-stop shopping and improving access to multiple service providers.
Roxanne developed the first primary health care Clinic for low-income, uninsured in Kitsap County, which is currently called the Peninsula Community Health Services. She also helped develop Kitsap County’s first emergency housing program in collaboration with St. Vincent de Paul, and she has been involved in many additional ongoing community services from WIC - Women Infants and Children supplemental feeding program to the Christmas Angel Program. Roxanne has also provided leadership to local food bank coalitions, the State Homeless Coalition, and advisory councils for low income.
Wells Fargo Community Day of Caring at Holly Ridge
Holly Ridge Center board member Johnathon Huffman and other volunteers from Wells Fargo graciously volunteered their time and energy on Tuesday, August 12, to weed, clean, scrub, power wash, and beautify the agency's playground. Our community support is amazing!!
Washington C.L.U.B. Charity Golf Classic
Holly Ridge would like to sincerely thank C.L.U.B. Classic for its continued support and generosity. We also want to thank all of the agency... volunteers that attend the tournament to help us show our appreciation to this generous organization.
CLUB Classic is a unique, statewide annual event that focuses on having fun while raising money for charity. CLUB stands for Contractors, Legislators, Unions and Business – the professionals that work in and around our state to bring its citizens the goods, services, safety and protection we enjoy daily.
CLUB Classic has raised over $1,000,000 in 13 years!! This year, the goal is $100,000!
You can view more pics of this event at Golf & Corporate Solutions.
Holly Ridge Center Awarded One of Six Community Grants from Soroptimist International of Port Orchard
Soroptimist International of Port Orchard recently awarded six Community Grant Awards. These grants show the their support and encouragement for the efforts of organizations who also believe in the Soroptimist mission of improving the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.
Holly Ridge is honored that our agency's Infant Toddler Program was award one of these grants. Thank you to Soroptimist International of Port Orchard for your generous support of our agency and for supporting the importance of early intervention services.
Representative Jesse Young Visits Holly Ridge
Representative Jesse Young, Washington State House, recently came to Holly Ridge Center to learn more about the agency's Adult Services Program (AES) and how Supported Employment benefits an entire community. Representative Young met with long-term support clients at their place of employment and had a chance to talk with business owners about the benefits of the AES program throughout our community.
Representative Young also had the opportunity to tour Holly Ridge Center's Infant Toddler Program (ITP) facility where he learned more about the early intervention services that Holly Ridge provides to more than 1000 children on an annual basis regardless of a family's inability to pay for services.
This was a great chance for Holly Ridge Center to showcase our entire organization and the importance of our mission to a local government official.
Thank you, Representative Young, for taking the time to get to know Holly Ridge.