Our Administrative Office has moved into

the Ho-Chunk Centre - the heart of downtown Sioux City!

                              This includes our HOPES program and Resource Center.

                                                                          Come visit us!   

                                                                         600 4th Street

                                                                                Suite 100

                                                                    Sioux City, IA 51101


Crittenton Center's Signature Fundraiser raised $84,000!

With gathering limitations in place, the event transitioned to a No-Show Design & Dine non-event. The Siouxland community was incredibly generous and supportive of the event which helps fund childcare and preschool programs, the only emergency youth shelter in NW Iowa, parenting education and a supervised  apartment living program which is a foster program for teens.

African American young girl looking at camera

Comfort for Young Children

Sara found herself alone raising four-year-old, Maribel, after her husband and father of Maribel abandoned them. She struggled to make ends meet and worked hard at staying employed. Sara knew it was important for Maribel, who was not reaching her development milestones, not talking, and being mean to other children, to have an environment where she could thrive. Because Maribel needed to learn appropriate behaviors and Mom needed to continue to work, Crittenton Center was able to provide a scholarship for the family to help pay for Maribel’s childcare. Sara stayed employed and was promoted at her job.


Child Development Center

Affordable childcare and preschool
for children - birth to age 6

We provide access to infant care, quality early learning experiences, preschool and kindergarten readiness in a safe, caring and nurturing environment for children to grow. A sliding scale fee is used to determine pricing for childcare and preschool.

Emergency Shelter &
Youth Development Center

A safe place for children,
birth to age 17

We provide shelter, crisis intervention and care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to children in crisis. Some kids stay one night, others stay for months. Early intervention and treatment can help children and teens stay in school, stay out of trouble, and lead healthier, happier lives.

Family Development,
Education & Support Services

Parenting services to
strengthen families

We provide lasting generational change through parent education classes, family advocates, and individualized home visits so they can be the best parents to their children. Families work as a team with Crittenton Center’s compassionate staff to anticipate future needs and plan for a brighter future through our HOPES Program and our Resource Center.

Homelessness Prevention

Independent Living Programs. More than a roof over their heads… a ray of hope.

Supervised Apartment Living (SAL) is a foster care program for teens ages 16½ until completion of their high school diploma/High School Equivalency Test (HiSet) where they learn life skills to help them achieve their personal goals. Project Help is a HUD-Funded Permanent Supportive Housing Program for chronically homeless individuals and families with a disability who have the chance to live independently. 

Free for Parents and Caregivers

Crittenton Center’s Resource Center offers short-term parenting classes

photo of red hair toddler boy att emergency shelter

Imagine the emotional state of two siblings ages three and five….

The police raided their home as their parents were in the process of doing cocaine. Before the police could apprehend the father, he quickly took the drugs. The children witnessed it all and were brought to us with just the clothes on their backs.


We fed and bathed them. After they were given new socks and pajamas, we tucked them into a soft, clean bed. Their peaceful sleep helped give everyone hope for their future.

We had started working with an illiterate, single, pregnant 17 year-old, living with her father.

One day she was called to the hospital because her father was injured at work. Not understanding what was going on, she called her HOPES case worker for support. It was explained to her that her father was not going to recover, and upon her father’s death, she also lost his financial support.


We helped her get the resources needed to keep her moving forward and stay in the program. Today, she has a healthy baby, is involved in her church, and continues to make great strides.

homelessness help sad teenager

Amy had a difficult childhood. Her parents abused drugs and lost custody of her when she was 11 years old.

She lived in shelters, group homes and foster care, but had a difficult time with trust and following rules and bounced from placement to placement. 


At age 17, her DHS worker placed her in SAL.  Amy learned skills such as cooking, budgeting, interviewing, and how to live independently. She quickly got a job at a grocery store and moved into her own apartment. She then completed her high school credits and stayed in touch with her SAL caseworker, who helped her work on getting into college. Amy is now a nurse in the community.

Latest Crittenton news

No-Show Design & Dine Annual Fundraiser totals rise to over $84,000

Sioux City, IA:  Crittenton Center’s signature fundraiser, Design & Dine, raised over $84,000 this year. With gathering limitations in place, the event transitioned to a No-Show Design & Dine non-event. These changes allowed anyone to donate as much or as little as they could while still protecting and keeping the community safe. The Siouxland community…

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MidAmerican Energy hosts Drive by – Drop off to benefit children at Crittenton Center’s Emergency Shelter

Sioux City, IA:  MidAmerican Energy CARES have been collecting items for a donation drive to help the children at Crittenton Center’s Emergency Shelter and Youth Development Center. The Drive by – Drop off event was held at 3901 Green Ave., November 20th, 2020 at 2:00pm. One department of MidAmerican Energy started collecting essential items to…

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Crittenton Center moves to the Ho-Chunk Centre

SIOUX CITY, Iowa – The Crittenton Center has a brand new home. According to a release, the Crittenton Center announced they’re moving their Administrative offices, which also includes the Healthy Opportunities to Experience Success (HOPES) Program, Project Help, and Resource Center personnel. The move to the Ho-Chunk Centre, in the heart of downtown Sioux City,…

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