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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.
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.
Free for Parents and Caregivers
Crittenton Center’s Resource Center offers short-term parenting classes
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
Sioux City, IA: Iowa State Representative Jacob Bossman stopped by Crittenton Center’s newest childcare location at 6100 Morningside Avenue for storytime on Friday morning. Representative Bossman read two stories to the kids outside. Following a sweet treat, Kelly Osburn, Site Manager of Preschool & Childcare Center, gave the State Representative a tour of the facility….
Sioux City, IA: Crittenton Center received a $40,000 grant from Missouri River Historical Development (MRHD) to enhance the work Crittenton Center does in serving children, teens, and families. Grant funds will be used for equipment, materials and other items at the Green Avenue location and the newly opened Preschool & Childcare Center location on Morningside…
Agency looks to realign program with mission and community needs. The Crittenton Center has made the difficult decision to close the doors on its emergency shelter, located at 3901 Green Avenue in Sioux City. The decision comes after the agency was forced to temporarily suspend services at the shelter in early April because of COVID-related…
Sioux City, IA: Crittenton Center’s Child Development Director, Erika Fuentes, has been appointed to Iowa Governor, Kim Reynolds, Childcare Task Force. Governor Reynolds signed State of Iowa Executive Order Number Eight, which launched a new task force in response to the childcare shortage and barrier to work in Iowa. The Governor’s Childcare Task Force is…
Sioux City, IA: Crittenton Center is proud to announce the expansion of its Stella Sanford Child Development program to Morningside and will be holding a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce to celebrate its opening. The ceremony will take place: 11:30am on March 17th, 2021 at 6100 Morningside Avenue. The new location opened…
Sioux City, IA: Crittenton Center now has a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) as part of their education team. Blanca Cancino de Ramos will serve as Crittenton Center’s first Lactation Counselor helping all mothers wishing to breast feed do so. Cancino de Ramos has worked as a Family Support Worker at Crittenton Center for 7 years….
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