This Year's Project: Sweet Dreams
SHELTERING, EDUCATING, EMPOWERING children, individuals and families.
Crittenton Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is the only Emergency Shelter for Children in Northwest Iowa. The average stay for children is 30-45 days with many staying for months awaiting their next placement. Crittenton Center is contracted with the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) to shelter at-risk children (aged infancy – 17) who require a safe and nurturing environment. The children who stay in Crittenton's Shelter have behavioral and mental health needs, as well as a variety of medical needs, which often require constant supervision and attention. On average, Crittenton’s Shelter serves 300 children annually.
Current Project: 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.