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Eat Local Initiative at PQ!

“The need for self-sufficiency is both practical and emotional.  The young people we serve benefit by knowing where their food comes from and taking an active role in sustaining their community.  At PQ, we believe the experience of self-sufficiency is transferable and relevant across the lifespan.”

  - Travis Slagle, Horticultural Therapy Director

In mid April of 2016 we started the Eat Local Initiative at our Young Adult Program at Reeds Bay. This initiative was designed to help track the amount of produce being harvested, being cooked, as well as to help create motivation in the student milieu. It’s set up so that every time we grow and harvest food from our gardens, we weigh it, clean in, and document it. 

>> Read more about the Eat Local Initiative here!


A Message From Mike Sullivan

This month we hear from our Alumni & Family Services Director, Mike Sullivan, who highlights the important work we are doing with adolescents and young adults who experience anxiety.

Emerging Adults - A Cultural Epidemic of Severe Anxiety

The National Institute of Mental Health reports that anxiety is the most common mental health disorder in the US, affecting nearly one third of adolescents and adults. It is a rising cultural epidemic, paralyzing emerging adults and stunting emotional and social development.  It is no wonder the PQ Reed’s Bay Young Adult Program is experiencing such an onslaught of demand right now. And importantly, the PQ team is delivering.

PQ is at the forefront in treating the anxiety epidemic. The combined approach of NMT based routines and activities, anti-inflammatory diet/lifestyle, evidence based therapeutic practices, and attuned caregiving are just a couple characteristics that set our program apart. Through networking and attending educational seminars at the Young Adult Transition Association (YATA) Conference in Coeur D’Alene this past week, I learned that PQ young adults are entering their secondary treatment equipped to tackle new challenges and adapt to unfamiliar stressors. Further, PQ alumni are largely transitioning to secondary treatment in a seamless fashion. Professionals from around the country praised the valuable work happening on the island.

This vulnerable population of emerging adults needs us.  As a father of a recent RB graduate said to me yesterday, “You were able to reach my son when no one else could, and I will forever be grateful.”

Keep up the great work everybody!



Healthy Self = Heal + Thy + Self

Pacific Quest's Admissions Coordinator, Cynthia Albers, shares a personal story of how growing and eating nutritious food has played a significant role in her life.  As part of the PQ team she sees first hand how working in the garden fosters ways for students and staff alike to build a meaningful connection to food and nutrition. 

There is an onslaught of advice, cautions, directives and warnings supposedly to guide us toward a healthy lifestyle.  So, what, exactly, does it mean to be healthy?  What does healthy feel like?  At PQ, students are given the opportunity to ask themselves this same question and discern what that means to them by practicing the five pillars of health…and nutrition is on that list. 

>> Read Cynthia's blog here!

Did You Know?

That with the new UltiPro System we now have an online news board!

Check out your UltiPro homepage to see announcements from HR, view current open positions, upcoming events, and helpful documents such as the current payroll calendar and all the employee perks we now offer!

In this system, you also have the ability to look at your paystubs, update your direct deposit account information and update information such as your address, phone number, and email address. Check it out daily for new and exciting things!  



>> Log into your UltiPro Account here


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