It is so important to get involved with your community so when my job decided to ask their employees to participate in Community Service Day I decided to jump at the opportunity to do this. I was able to conduct a nutrition educational program for the parents at the Carrie Steele Pitts Home.
Carrie Steele Pitts Home is Atlanta, Georgia historic home for children in need. For over a century, they have provided a nurturing environment for abused, abandoned and neglected children who are unable to stay with their parents. This place is a safe haven for children where they provide 24- hour supervision caring staff members that supports and loves for up to 100 children in need.
The Carrie Steele-Pitts Home provides a Life Learning Center which is a multipurpose facility where the children participate in academic enrichment, athletic activities and spiritual growth. How did this enriching organization come about? Here is a historical quote from the Carrie Steele – Pitts Home:
Carrie Steele – Pitts Home was founded by Mrs. Carrie Steele, who was working as a maid at the Union Railroad Station in downtown Atlanta when she discovered that abandoned babied and children were being left at the station. She began to care for these children, placing them in an empty boxcar during the day and taking them home with her at night. In 1888, Mrs. Steele chartered the organization, eventually selling her home and generating additional funds from the community to build the first facility called the “Carrie Steele Orphan Home.” In our organization’s long history, only four individuals have held the position of Executive Director. Soon after Mrs. Steele’s death in 1908, Mrs. Clara Maxwell Pitts became director and she served in this role for over 40 years. During this time, the Home became a United Way agency, moved to a larger facility on Roy Street in southwest Atlanta, and changed our name to the Carrie Steele – Pitts Home to honor Mrs. Pitts’ contributions to the Home. In 1950, Mrs. Pitts’ daughter, Mrs. Mae Maxwell Yates took over the directorship, and she was responsible for moving CSPH to our current location at 667 Fairburn Road. Just before her retirement, Mrs. Pitts hired Ollivette Allison, a former CSPH resident, to serve as the Home’s first social worker and later the Director of Case Worker Services. Since 1976, Ms. Allison has been the Executive Director, providing inspired leadership with a strong commitment to new generations of children in the Atlanta community. The incredible continuity of leadership has allowed us to stay true to the mission and ideals of our founder.
I was truly honored to spend a day volunteering with this prestigious organization. I was able to, along with my co-workers, teach the parents in the nearby neighborhood on healthy eating for breakfast. What we found when teach the parents and some of the staff at Carrie Steele- Pitts Home (CSPH) was that CSPH do provide healthy nutritious breakfast meals for the children and the community. An interesting thing that we found out from the parents that skipping breakfast was very common. There were a lot of excuses that were stated by the parents such as not enough time, it takes too long to make etc. We were able to address these issues and gave solutions on how to prepare a healthy breakfast every morning.
Every day should be a Community Service Day where everyone should make a tremendous effort in helping their community and themselves.
For further information on how you can help the children of the Carrie Steele – Pitts Home, please contact:
Dr. Evelyn Lavizzo, Executive Director
or Denise Kimbro, Office Manager
667 Fairburn Rd., N.W.
Atlanta, Georgia 30331