Alyssa Grace Divers was a fierce firework who radiated love and wit – and her love for dolphins, dance and books – but not in that order. Diagnosed with osteosarcoma just two weeks before her 9th
birthday, Alyssa bravely endured surgeries, a leg amputation and 38 hospitalizations trying to outlive the cancer that invaded her body and her life.
Tragically, the disease stole Alyssa from her family and this world on New Year’s Eve, 2012.
During Alyssa’s two years of treatment, the Divers’ family had to seek medical care far away from their home community. In so doing, they realized the importance of generous hospitality by strangers to a family in crisis.
Alyssa’s beloved church, Sojourners United Church of Christ, offered to work towards creating The Alyssa House as a way for Alyssa’s light to shine and make others’ world a little brighter.
The Alyssa House operates under a Joint Plan of Work with Virginia Organizing, a non-partisan statewide grassroots organization dedicated to empowering people in local communities to address issues that affect the quality of their lives.