History & Founder
Steve Ristow, the founder of QWO, had a close family relative with Fetal Alcohol Effects. Steve has first-hand experience with the overwhelming responsibility of caring for someone with a mental disability, as well as the imminent need for spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical restoration. It was this experience that planted the seed that would become QWO.
With a desire to help families like his own, Steve received his Bachelor’s of Psychology from Pepperdine University in 1993. Steve also has a Master’s of Christian Studies from George Fox University. His Master Thesis, “Respite Care: A Comprehensive Study on the Need for Respite Care for Families and Caregivers of Individuals with Mental Retardation and/or Developmental Disabilities,” began the formation of QWO.