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Ruth June Durkan Longtime Advocate for People with Developmental Disabilities passes

Sun City Arizona, August 2nd -- For many years, Ruth was dedicated to improving the care and treatment of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Her youngest daughter, Sharon, was born in 1962 with profound intellectual and developmental disabilities. In those days it was hard to find services for people with developmental disabilities. Sharon attended Merrywood School (now Kindering Center) and received therapies through the University of Washington Medical Center.
      Unfortunately, Sharon did not respond well to the therapies.  She had behavioral challenges which made participating in programs very difficult. because of her high care needs, a failed placement in a community training program led Sharon to be admitted to Fircrest Residential Habilitation Center (RHC) in 1974.
       At Fircrest, Sharon got the help and care that she needed. The staff at Fircrest knew how to manage the multitude of Sharon’s complex needs; physical, medical and behavioral.
       In the late 1970’s Ruth became the parent volunteer in the behavioral modification program at Fircrest, a program developed to work with behaviorally challenged clients. Ruth assisted in the development of individual behavior programs that were developed to deal with behaviors without dependence on physical or chemical restraints, or drugs. Ruth also was very involved with Friends of Fircrest and served on their board of Directors for many years.
      Ruth was an advocate for a full spectrum of services for people with developmental disabilities. She realized that not every person with a disability needs the level of care that an RHC provides, but that RHCs need to be available for those who need them.
      In 1991, Ruth helped found Action for RHCs (now called Action DD). Action DD is an organization that advocates for a full spectrum of services for people with developmental disabilities, including those who live or receive services from RHCs.
      She was a charter member along with her husband Tom, Tom Dean, Jackie MacRae, Art Isherwood, Don Zalesky, Marv Schneller and Chuck Brenchley. Ruth was the initial President of Action for RHCs.
     Of people with developmental disabilities, Ruth always said “we can always do better, never settle for anything less.”

Memorial contributions may be sent to:
2442 NW Market Street #559
Seattle, WA 98107

Friends of Fircrest and Friends of Rainier Release Important New Video
Some would have you believe that RHCs are not needed. This five-minute video is a must watch for anyone who wants to understand why Washington State supports RHC care.   Click this picture to learn more.

Rainier School Fashion Show is a Big Success
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Changes at Fircrest

Shoreline April, 2016

Worship will be held at the Cafeteria (Coffee Shop) instead of the Chapel.
     Rooms are available and located on the bottom floor of the 500 building. Please ask your recreation staff for assistance.
     Zoo & Aquarium tickets are available! Instead of open gym on Saturdays the Hamlin Park gate will be open for easy walking access directly from our campus.  Joshua Robinson will be available to assist residents to and from the park, and the gate is located on the north side of campus at the end of the main PAT-A road. Track Practices are held at Shoreline Stadium from 3-4:30 on listed days.
     Our 2016 Group Fishing Permit has arrived!

Honors Awarded at Fircrest Luncheon
Shoreline Saturday January 9, 2016

Members and supporters of Friends of Fircrest came from across Western Washington to take part in an awards ceremony. Those honored were; Senator Maralyn Chase, D-Shoreline, Dr. Ramey Roa, Fircrest dentist, and Paul Strand, President of Action DD.  Each has contributed in their own right to the betterment of residents of Fircrest and others across the State..  
    Senator Chase has for many years stood up for RHCs and especially Fircrest, which she says, "Is my passion."
    Doctor Rao is well known for his care, compassion and tenderness when working with our special population.  Strand has for many years worked to bring awareness for the need of our state's RHC system.

Support the Fircrest
Art and Garden Programam -- buy a t-shirt.  This volunteer program is a hit with residents, but needs your support.  Your purchase of a t-shirt will give the gift of art to a resident at Fircrest RHC. Let people know who you support when you wear an art program t-shirt. Order now.  Click here for order form.  complete it and mail it in.

Fircrest School is a residential centerr located on 85 acres of wooded and open spaces, within the city of Shoreline, Washington.  

Fircrest School is a full service, therapeutic community serving a diverse population of about 220 residents with developmental intellectual disabilities.  Campus based, it features shared homes within a skilled nursing facility and an intermediate care facility.  Centralized medical, therapeutic and recreational services are provided in both programs for long-term residents as well as for people who need short-term, respite care or crisis intervention.  Each resident's care is individualized as determined by an interdisciplinary team which includes the person's guardian or parent.

The Fircrest nursing home program (NF/IDD) is the only federally certified skilled nursing facility in Western Washington licensed for the long term care of people with developmental, intellectual disabilities.  It provides individualized health care and activities for people with unique medical challenges.  Repeatedly, the program has been named one of the nation’s top nursing homes by the Consumer’s Research Council of America.

The Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/ID) provides individualized habilitative services that support and enhance each person's skills and strengths.  This includes individualized adult training work programs and recreation, both on and off campus. Fircrest School is close to major medical and educational facilities that support the individuals who live at Fircrest School.  Its location allows residents the opportunity to participate in many of the sporting, cultural and outdoor events held in the Seattle area.

Why is it important to have Fircrest as part of a continuum of care?
      “We are very happy with and grateful for Fircrest. It was a lifesaver and a wonderful place for our daughter. For the first time in her life she can say she has friends. She has wonderful activities that would have been impossible for us to provide on our own or for her to access through living in a group home.
       And last but not least, due to her complex and sometimes impulsive and dangerous behavior, with her living at Fircrest we can now sleep at night knowing that she is safe.”
          ...Parent of Fircrest resident.

Admission to Fircrest School is coordinated through DDA Region 2 Field Services staff. More admission information here.


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Friends of Fircrest is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization advocating for the rights to quality living choices for all people with developmental disabilities.

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15230 15th NE
Shoreline, WA 98155
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