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 awards 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’s award recipient is Edith Chavers Elion. Edith is the first African American and the first female Executive Director of Atlantic Street Center, which was founded in 1910. She has been with Atlantic Street Center for 40 years and the Executive Director since 2002.
Under her leadership, many programs have been created and provided to children, youth and families in the areas of Education, Homelessness, Family Support, Adolescent Development, Violence Prevention and Mental Health.
Edith’s passionate commitment to improving the lives of others has greatly impacted services to low-income children, youth and families in the most diverse areas of Seattle and south King County.
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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