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Ryther's Johnny Ohta Honored by Seattle Kraken as Hero of the Deep

In a heartwarming celebration on December 16th, 2023, Ryther's very own Johnny Ohta has been recognized by the Seattle Kraken with the prestigious Hero of the Deep award. This accolade is a testament to Johnny's unwavering commitment to supporting youth experiencing houselessness and substance use issues. With over two decades of service at Ryther, Johnny has emerged as an expert in providing care for young individuals in need, leaving an indelible mark on the community he serves.



Johnny's Journey at Ryther:

For more than 20 years, Johnny Ohta has been a cornerstone of Ryther's mission to empower and heal the lives of vulnerable youth. His commitment to positively impacting the lives of those facing adversity has not only defined his career but has also inspired those around him. Serving on Ryther's Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) team in collaboration with Kaiser Permanente Doctors, Johnny has played a pivotal role in addressing the complex challenges faced by youth dealing with substance use.



The Hero of the Deep Award:

The Seattle Kraken's philanthropic arm, the One Roof Foundation, recognizes that the health of humanity is inextricably tied to the health of our planet. With this mission in mind, the Hero of the Deep award honors individuals in our community who demonstrate exceptional dedication to the well-being of others. In addition to the public celebration of Johnny at the Kraken game, the One Roof Foundation made a generous donation to Ryther in Johnny’s name. 




Partnering for Positive Change:

Johnny's work on Ryther's MAT team reflects a powerful partnership between Ryther and Kaiser Doctors, showcasing the importance of collaborative efforts in tackling complex issues. By combining expertise from both organizations, Johnny and his team provide comprehensive and compassionate care to youth facing the dual challenges of houselessness and substance use.



Beyond the Job Title:

Johnny's impact reaches far beyond his job title. His genuine compassion, empathy, and ability to connect with young people in crisis set him apart. In addition to his role on the MAT team, Johnny has become a mentor, advocate, and source of inspiration for those navigating the turbulent waters of adolescence. 



Looking Ahead:

As Johnny Ohta receives the Hero of the Deep award from the Seattle Kraken, we celebrate his achievements and the collective effort of Ryther, Kaiser Doctors, and the community in fostering positive change. Johnny's story is a reminder of the transformative power that caring individuals can have in the lives of those who need it most.


In honoring Johnny Ohta as the Hero of the Deep, the Seattle Kraken recognizes not just a dedicated professional but a beacon of hope for the youth at Ryther. Johnny's journey reflects the spirit of resilience, compassion, and positive change that defines the mission of organizations working tirelessly to uplift the lives of vulnerable individuals.

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