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Child & Family Development

Our vibrant child care and preschool programs, with multiple locations, as well as our Family Resource Center, provide dedicated and much-needed support to children and families. Learn More


Child Welfare & Well-being

Our Transitional Therapeutic Home and Supervised Apartment Living programs provide a safe shelter for kids in foster care who are between homes or beginning to transition to the next phase in life. Learn More


Our History

What began as a refuge for unwed mothers and an adoption agency over 125 years ago, is now a robust organization that thrives on the advocacy for children and keeping families together. Learn More


Board of Directors

Crittenton is governed by a dedicated Board of Directors whose qualifications and decision-making help lead and grow our agency. Learn More


Our Staff

Our highly talented and experienced staff provide compassionate, person-centered, and dedicated care to all those we serve. Learn More



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Design & Dine

Crittenton Center’s Annual Fundraiser showcases local designers, selfie stations, and great food for a great cause. It’s the biggest party of the year! Come join us! Learn More


Volunteer Opportunities

Want to make an impact on a child’s life through meaningful activities? Become a volunteer today! Learn More


Upcoming Events

Crittenton Center hosts an array of fun events for the whole family. Check out any upcoming educational, inspirational, and FUN activities we have in store for you! Learn More

Our History

our history

Florence Crittenton Home Through the Years to Crittenton Center

Founded in 1895, Crittenton Center has a rich history of providing services to children, teens, and families in need.

  • 1882

    Charles Crittenton’s daughter, Florence, stricken with scarlet fever, died. Mr. Crittenton vowed to help women and children experiencing homelessness and personal crises with no other place to go.
  • 1894

    Dr. Agnes Eichelberger and Police Matron Thurston began organizing a home for indigent children in Sioux City.
  • 1895

    Property purchased, Board of Directors organized, and the Babies’ Home Society established.
  • 1904

    The Society received its charter and became a member of the National Florence Crittenton Home Mission.
  • 1906

    Construction of the building located at 1105 28th Street is completed.

  • 1907

    Florence Crittenton Home dedicated. Services expanded to include care of neglected children under the age of three.
  • 1914

    Construction of the maternity hospital, adjacent to the Florence Crittenton Home completed. Services once again expanded to provide residential maternity care, labor/delivery services, and nurses training.
  • 1928

    Maternity Hospital was sold to Methodist Hospital for use as a Nurses’ Training School.
  • 1930

    The first Community Chest (now known as the United Way) Fund Drive was held in Sioux City, with The Florence Crittenton Home receiving a portion of the funds raised.
  • 1950's

    Phased out services offered at the maternity hospital, eventually closing the facility.
  • 1972

    Emergency shelter services began for girls ages birth to 13.
  • 1979

    Licensed as a co-ed emergency shelter service and expanded to serve children up to age 17. In-patient maternity services were discontinued due to the changing societal climate. The Parent Survival Program began serving families facing crisis.
  • 1987

    Implemented Diversion & Monitoring Program to serve troubled youth.
  • 1992

    Changed agency name to Crittenton Center. Acquired the Stella Sanford Child Development Center. Implemented the HOPES-HFI (Healthy Opportunities to Experience Success – Healthy Families Iowa).
  • 1994

    Began Teen Survival and After School Programs. The Family Development Center, located at 1309 Pierce Street opened.
  • 1995

    Expanded social work services and began to provide Adoptive Child Studies.
  • 1996

    Purchased and began renovations to the facility located at 3901 Green Avenue.  
  • 1997

    Completed renovation and moved the Emergency Shelter Care program to the Center for Shelter and Youth Development. Initiated first-ever capital campaign – “Rays of Hope” for Shelter and Family Development properties. Expanded services to include a Pilot Visitation Project.
  • 1998

    Relocated Administrative and Health Services to the new location at 2417 Pierce Street. Began COAR (Crisis On-Call Assessment and Response) program. Stella Stanford Child Development Center is accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
  • 2000

    Awarded Continuum of Care Grant to initiate Project LIFE, an independent living program for children ages 18 or older aging out of shelter or foster care. Formalized alliance with Tanager Place. Westside Resource Center opened in the Salvation Army building at 600 West 7th Street.
  • 2001

    Implemented the TAPS (Transitions and Practical Solutions) Program and The Crittenton School at the Shelter on Green Avenue.
  • 2003

    Purchased property at 303 W. 24th Street for use as Administration Offices, Maternal Health Program, and Family Development Services.
  • 2004

    Awarded SHIP grant to begin an infant child care program for children of students at West High School. The HOPES-HFI program is accredited through Healthy Families America.
  • 2007

    The Stella Sanford Preschool is opened at Westside Resource Center.
  • 2009

    The Stella Sanford Preschool is opened at Everett Elementary (replacing the location at Westside Resource Center) and Smith Elementary.
  • 2010

    Westside Resource Services is relocated to Riverside Elementary School.
  • 2011

    Pierce Street property is sold, Everett and Smith Preschools merged to form two new classrooms in Liberty School, and the Center was awarded a Continuum of Care grant to expand Project Life to include individuals with disabilities.
  • 2012

    The Westside Resource Center moved to 1410 Nebraska Street and changed its name to Crittenton’s Resource Center.
  • 2013

    Crittenton Center’s Resource Center accredited through Iowa Family Support, the property at 1111 28th Street was sold to H&S Properties, and Project Life’s Programs became Salvation Army Programs with case management by Crittenton Center.
  • 2014

    The Crittenton Center is awarded the Children at Home grant for monetary assistance to purchase necessary items to help children with disabilities remain in their homes, Maternal Health moves to Siouxland Community Health Center, and the Center was awarded a contract with the Department of Human Services to conduct Family Team Meetings, and the Resource Center moves to the administration site located at 303 W. 24th St.
  • 2015

    Shared Vision expands services to low-income families at Stella Sanford Child Development Center and Family Support Services (Resource Center and HOPES), the property at 1105 28th St. was sold to Callin Cummings, L.L.C., and the Administration moves to 814 Pierce Street - Suite 100.
  • 2017

    Project HELP Program started working with chronically homeless, disabled adults, and Supervised Apartment Living Cluster Site began inside the Emergency Shelter.
  • 2020

    Administrative Office, including HOPES and Resource Center, moves to the heart of downtown Sioux City, the Ho-Chunk Centre at 600 4th Street - Suite 100.
  • 2021

    The Stella Sanford Child Development program opens an additional location at 6100 Morningside Avenue. This new Preschool & Child Care Center is a partnership with another local non-profit, Sanford Center, which will provide a one-stop drop-off for parents in Siouxland.
  • 2021

    Emergency Shelter services ended due to staffing shortages caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic. This program was located at 3901 Green Avenue in Sioux City. The west wing of the building will continue to function with our Supervised Apartment Living Program.
  • 2022

    The Emergency Shelter reopens as Therapeutic Transitional Housing (TTH). Bed capacity at TTH is increased to 22. The HOPES program is transitioned to another agency providing the same services. The Crittenton Center receives a Regional Partnership Grant (RPG) worth $3 million over 5 years.
  • 2023

    The Crittenton Center is granted accreditation by the Council on Accreditation (COA) in February.
  • 2024

    Crittenton Center partnered with Le Mars city, business, and community leaders to open a 218-slot licensed Child Development Center for children aged 6 weeks to 12 years old.