Alvirita Little contributed more than 50 years of professional and
volunteer service in support of youth and families in Seattle. Her
legacy of community involvement has been an inspiration to all of us at
Therapeutic Health Services. The granddaughter of a slave, Alvirita grew
up among German immigrant farmers in Spring, Texas.
experience in social work came in 1925 when she organized a Women's
League at her church to help families in need. In the 1950’s, Alvirita
moved to Seattle where she instituted the area’s first community
program for young girls: the Girls’ Club of Puget Sound, known today as
Girls Inc. YWCA. Alvirita served as executive director of the Girls’
Club for 19 years, overseeing the club’s move into its own building on
Martin Luther King, Jr. Way.
Upon retiring, Alvirita continued her
service to the community by hosting overseas students attending the
University of Washington and volunteering for the American Red Cross and
the VA Hospital. She was also an active volunteer with the Boy Scouts,
who presented her with the William H. Spurgeon III award in 1980.
The Alvirita Little Award is given to exceptional individuals who, like the award's namesake, lead a life of selfless dedication and tireless commitment. In 1988, the Board of Directors of Therapeutic Health Services
created an award to honor an individual or organization that has
contributed continuously and selflessly to help children, youth, adults
and families at-risk; especially those with behavioral and mental health challenges.
The Alvirita Little Award has been awarded ten times
since its inception in 1988. This year, it has been awarded to Justice Bobbe J. Bridge, Retired.
Justice Bobbe J. Bridge, Retired, is the Founding President/CEO of the Center for Children & Youth Justice, a nonprofit organization she created in 2006 to reform Washington State’s child welfare and juvenile justice systems. She served on the State Supreme Court from 2000 to 2008 and on the King County Superior Court from 1990 to 2000, where she was Chief Juvenile Court Judge for three years. She continues to chair the Washington State Supreme Court Commission on Children in Foster Care. Before joining the bench, Justice Bridge was the first female partner at the Seattle law firm of Garvey Schubert Barer. She has been honored with numerous awards for her civic involvement, philanthropy and service to children and youth.
Founded in 1972, Therapeutic Health Services provides treatment for children, youth, and families challenged with chemical dependency and behavioral health disorders. We are focused on meeting the growing need for accessible, culturally relevant, and affordable healthcare services for individuals throughout the Puget Sound region.
With ten locations within King and Snohomish counties, our diverse staff of clinical and medical providers are able to meet and provide a complete range of both primary and supplemental services for individual clients in all seasons of life.
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