Christopher Patterson
Founder of SteadFast Supported Living and President of BreakThrough, Inc.
Christopher Patterson
Christopher Patterson
Christopher Patterson
Founder of SteadFast Supported Living and President of BreakThrough, Inc.
“Every kid has a different approach on what they have to do to survive. They can have heart, faith and all the belief in the world, but they also need to be able to set boundaries and have consistency shown to them. Everything else comes into play once a healthy structure is set in place.”
2020 Champion
2020 Champion

For the last 25 years, Chris Patterson has fostered connections in Health & Human Services. In 2019, Patterson was appointed as the HUD Regional Administrator for Region IX, and later that year was appointed as the National Lead for the (FYI) Foster Youth to Independence Initiative. It was during this time that Patterson found ways to bridge his own experiences with his professional expertise to make a real difference.

In 2006, Patterson founded BreakThrough Inc., a Behavioral Rehabilitation Service that specializes in youth treatment programs for kids ages 7-21 who struggle with autism, developmental delays, Down’s Syndrome, mental illness and other behavioral challenges. Once BreakThrough was up and running, Patterson founded SteadFast Supported Living Inc., which supports Developmentally Delayed Adults who need unique services to become more self-sufficient and independent.

Most recently, Patterson was recruited by Washington Trust Bank to serve as their first Community Solutions Advisor, bringing a public/private partnership approach to mental health, homelessness, addiction treatment and other issues affecting the Spokane region and beyond. Patterson’s leadership soon grew from a singular position to creating a new organization-wide foundation, Hello for Good.

Deeply committed to his community, Patterson serves as the Consumer of Public Health Representative for the Spokane Regional Health District and is a frequent contributor to The Current and Valley Wide Community New Monthly. A lifelong learner, Patterson is also a graduate of The Jennifer Dunn Leadership Institute as well as Leadership Spokane.