SHELTERING EDUCATING EMPOWERING children, individuals, and families.
What do we do?

Through our caring team of employees and community resources we break the cycle of poverty and despair by providing much needed services to those who need it the most - children, individuals and families.


From the abandoned or neglected child to the single mom who needs childcare to finish high school, or the family who needs to learn new coping skills or the teen or disabled adult who needs to learn to live independently.

How do we help?

By being respectful, sensitive and accepting to each person who walks through our doors. Every child and family comes to Crittenton Center with a story; their stories involve loss, emotional or physical pain, change, uncertainty, or other difficult experiences.  Crittenton Center utilizes a research-based framework throughout our services and programs to shift from a perspective of “What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?” and promotes a caring focus on acknowledging the past and creating a plan for a brighter future.


Whether it is under our roof or out in the community, the caring team at Crittenton Center works in partnership with children, families, and other community resources. We put the needs of children and their families at the center of everything we do to ensure they receive the support they need, when they need it.  

Why we do what we do?

We believe that preventing child abuse and homelessness matters, that offering a safe place for kids is the right thing to do, and providing childcare and preschool prepares them for school and life.


When we help kids be strong, we build strong families which results in a strong community where children thrive and families succeed.

Who do we help?

Children, individuals and families from all walks of life who need to feel safe, loved, healthy and cared-for.

If you or someone you know needs our help:

Call 712-255-4321  

We can provide resources, guidance, and connection to our services or those in the community.

Our Impact

Annually, over 200 children ages birth to 17 seek a safe place to stay at our Emergency Shelter, over 1,500 individuals receive parenting education and support through our Healthy Opportunities for Parents to Experience Success (HOPES), Resource Center, 300 children have access to quality childcare and preschool at Stella Sanford Child Development Center, and 43 teens and disabled adults are living independently in our Supervised Apartment Living (SAL) and Project Help programs.

2019 Board of Directors

Crittenton Center has a long history of support from some of the most prominent community leaders in our area.

The following members of the Board of Directors, provide invaluable support and guidance to the organization.

Terrie Rasheed, President

Jeremy Uhl, Vice President

Skye Sample, Secretary

Jamie Ahrendt, Treasurer

Terri Curry

Melissa Lanzourakis-Joens

Larry Obermeyer

Deric Redmond

Kim Stanley

Susie Strohbeen

Dan Tjaden

Karleen Waller


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