Crittenton Center

Category: Human Services

This Year's Project: Home Away from Home

SHELTERING EDUCATING EMPOWERING children, individuals and families Crittenton Center has been serving Northwest Iowa since 1895. We have grown to become a multi-service organization that provides emergency shelter & crisis intervention; childcare and preschool programs; family development, education and support services; and life-skills training & homelessness prevention We are all about helping children and families, empowering them to reach their full potential.

Current Project: Home Away from Home

Crittenton Center seeks funding to continue to serve children who need emergency shelter and life-skills training. Please help us provide A Home Away from Home for the children who need basic items that we take for granted , such as new socks and underwear, food, bedding and most importantly caring staff to help them feel welcome, safe and a place to thrive! Crittenton Center contracts with the Iowa Department of Human Services to shelter at-risk children (aged infancy – 17) who require a safe and nurturing environment. Our Emergency Shelter is the only one in Northwest Iowa and we welcome kids from all over the tri-state area. The Shelter serves around 300 children annually. Kids come to the Shelter for a variety of reasons including abuse and neglect, family problems, parents who have been arrested, homes that are red tagged, some lose foster care placement, have ungovernable behavior, and some children are simply left there. Life-skills training and homelessness prevention program is a foster care program for teens ages ages 16 ½ until completion of their high school diploma/High School Equivalency Test (HiSet) who are a part of the Supervised Apartment Living (SAL) program. Teens learn to live independently and receive life skills education, monitoring and support. Service plans are developed to empower them to achieve their educational and personal goals with the collaboration of the participant, their family, and DHS/JCS worker. Thank you for your consideration in helping children of all ages get a second chance at a better life.

Past Projects

  • Sweet Dreams

    Crittenton Center seeks funding to renovate and upgrade Shelter’s bedrooms for the children, so they can sleep in a new, refreshing, and warm environment. Please help us provide Sweet Dreams for the children by funding new carpet, paint, bedding and furniture. Thank you!

    Crittenton’s Emergency Shelter for Children Story “Tom”:
    A disabled, homeless 17-year-old boy came to us bitten head-to-toe by bed bugs. It was determined that he couldn’t read, and testing showed that Tom had learning difficulties. Shelter Staff discovered that he was eligible for Social Security benefits, but Tom allowed them to lapse because he couldn’t read the documents. They worked with him to get his benefits re-established and found out he had $5,000 worth of back-benefits owed to him! Shelter Staff helped him find an apartment, get furnishings and set him up with someone at The Center for Siouxland to help him manage his money. He was so grateful for all Crittenton Center Staff efforts. Tom’s now on the path to success.

    Crittenton Center has advocated for children, individuals and families in Siouxland for over one hundred twenty years. Formerly, The Florence Crittenton Home of Sioux City, IA, the agency was originally organized as a Babies Home Society in 1895 providing maternity care and adoption services.

    Today’s Crittenton Center programs are multi-disciplinary, family oriented, and designed to give families support to care for and nurture their children so they are healthy, safe, develop appropriately and are successful in life.


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Legal Name: The Florence Crittenton Home of Sioux City, IA

801 Pierce Street, Suite 100
Sioux City, IA 51101

(712) 255-4321

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