Crittenton Center Announces New Emergency Shelter & Youth Development Director

Sioux City, Iowa – Zach Anderson has accepted the position of Crittenton Center’s Emergency Shelter and Youth Development Director which provides a safe place for kids to stay during a crisis. Anderson started his new position this fall.  

Originally from Canistota, SD, Anderson recently moved to North Sioux City along with his wife Trisha.   Anderson started his career as a special education teacher with Volunteers America and most recently was the program director at Resources for Human Development that serves individuals with developmental disabilities. Throughout his career he has helped kids and adults realize their potential.  

“We are extremely excited to have Zach Anderson taking on the role of Crittenton’s Shelter Director,” says Leslie Heying, Executive Director of Crittenton Center.  “Zach is keenly aware of the vital role the Shelter plays in our community and brings a combination of knowledge, expertise, and proven leadership.”

Anderson succeeds Ed Huff who served as the Shelter Director and was with Crittenton Center for nineteen years.   

About: Serving Northwest Iowa since 1895, Crittenton Center originally opened as a home for unwed mothers. Evolving as needs of the community have changed, Crittenton Center currently provides an emergency shelter for children, childcare and preschool programs, family education and support services for parents and life-skills training and homelessness prevention programs for teens and adults.  Crittenton Center’s team is committed to breaking the cycle of poverty and despair, abuse and neglect by providing much needed services to those who need it the most – children, individuals and families. To learn more, visit

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