We have been serving the people of Seattle for more than 105 years!

A brief history of Atlantic Street Center

history-1Atlantic Street Center was founded in 1910 by two young Deaconesses from the United Methodist Church. These two young women identified the need for a Settlement House to serve the large number of Italian immigrants relocating to Seattle’s Rainier Valley. After securing funding from the United Methodist Church to begin providing services, the Settlement house known as the Deaconess Settlement began its work.

In the 1920’s, the Deaconess Settlement became one of four original member agencies history-2that comprised the “Community Chest”, which is now known as United Way of King County. Services were in high demand, and before long the settlement house was providing medical, educational, and social aid to neighborhood families. In 1927, with financial help from the United Methodist Church, the building that would become known as Atlantic Street Center was built. Atlantic Street Center continues its close relationship with the United Methodist Church.

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Tsuguo “Ike” Ikeda, ASC’s first Executive Director with two employees, circa 1955

By the mid 1950s, the Deaconess Settlement changed its name to Seattle Atlantic Street Center. Atlantic Street Center began providing an even wider array of services to the residents of the Rainier Valley, including a school-based model to address rising youth delinquency rates and still offers school-based services today. During the 1960’s, Atlantic Street Center, expanded its educational, social skills, and mental health counseling services. About this time, all Atlantic Street Center services and collaborations centered on the same mission: to help families and communities raise healthy, successful children and youth.

In the 1980s, Atlantic Street Center further expanded counseling and outreach programs and broadened collaborative relationships with communities of color. During this time, we established several programs to provide intensified educational and social support to youth of color, homeless children, and youth involved in the juvenile justice system. In the early 1990s, Atlantic Street Center opened the doors of our first Family Center located on Beacon Hill, followed five years later by the opening of another Family Center in New Holly (formerly Holly Park). In 2004, we were the first organization in Western Washington to offer the Parent-Child Home Program. This program serves high-risk families with young children and helps them prepare their children for school and academic success.

Over our 106 year history, Atlantic Street Center has evolved to become one of the premier non-profit organizations in this area, providing leadership in educational, school/community relations, case management services, homelessness, gang prevention and intervention, family support and mental health services. Our direct service staff provide a variety of academic, youth development, early literacy, mental health, and family support services to more than 3,000 children and their family members each year.