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Alta Vista Integrated Life Services began as a vision to empower our community, in November of 2018 and was founded as a non-profit in March 2019 in Gig Harbor, Washington. We specialize in both mental and emotional health, as well as with neurodevelopmental disabilities, and special education. We offer our day treatment educational and therapeutic respite programs at our Port Orchard location. We offer counseling at our Gig Harbor, Port Orchard, and Poulsbo offices, as well as offer Telehealth!

We hope to build a charter school within the next 5 years to better serve our community!

Whenever you need us, we’re here to hear give you the guidance, support, and encouragement that you need.

Mission

Alta Vista Integrated Life Services is inclusive to youth, adults, and families from all backgrounds and lifestyles, and is guided by Christian principles. The mission is to provide excellence in education with an emphasis on choice and encourage individual and family development in counseling and behavioral health support, which will promote individuals, youth, and families to meet and exceed life goals. 

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AVILS Team

Vision

Empower -- We use individual and small group adaptive education and life skills, utilizing and enhancing the unique strengths of students and clients. 

Educate -- We incorporate counseling, life skills, and social skills training with an emphasis on the power of choice.

Nurture -- We encourage and foster the discovery of self and the world, by exploring global and multi-cultural perspectives, and world views. 

OUR CORE VALUES​

Hope – Not a guarantee of immunity from harm but a conviction that God is always present. We live this out in work as we emrace hope in our lives, we can help instill hope in the lives of others.

Truth & Grace – Aim for honesty in all things big and small. As we learn from Jesus' parable of the sower and the seed, trust in the law of sowing and reaping. In our work lives, we need to sow truth and grace bountifully. Be generous with your seeds. Plant daily. Be constantly trying new things. Don't be afraid to start small. Practice patience.

Compassion – The Golden Rule of treating others the way you want to be treated, works if you work it. Make people the first things, not property, money, or tangible items. Think of others first. Treat others like you want to be treated. When you think of clients, co-workers, and community first, they will in turn draw from and look to you, deepening therapeutic and educational relationships.

Service & Stewardship – Meaning is found in service rather than self-centeredness. As God provides for us, we in turn provide to the community. The agency was founded as a ministry to accomplish God's will in the lives He brings. As we serve clients, teach interns, employ, or work alongside individuals, we must seek to use our talents to serve.

Love – Love your neighbor as yourself. Just as we look to the example of Jesus who said all are worthy, we recognize that all people are worthy of our love, encouragement, and support. We believe that all clients and employees, no matter what background, culture, religion, nationality, gender, all are worthy to be loved and supported. Likewise, we recognize and emphasize the importance of loving yourself and practicing self-care.