Our Programs

             At Crittenton Center, we SHELTER, EDUCATE & EMPOWER                  children, individuals, and families.

Crittenton Center has been serving northwest Iowa since 1885. We have grown into a multi-service organization providing emergency shelter and crisis intervention, childcare and preschool programs, family development, parenting and support services, and life skills training and homelessness prevention.

Life Skills Training

Preventing homelessness. More than a roof over their heads… a ray of hope.

Supervised Apartment Living (SAL) is a foster care program for teens ages 16½ to 19, who are working on completing their high school diploma/GED/High School Equivalency Test (HiSet) and is partially funded by the Iowa Department of Human Services. Project Help is a HUD-Funded Permanent Supportive Housing Program for chronically homeless individuals and families with a disability.

Child Development

Affordable childcare and preschool
for children - birth to age 6

We provide high-quality, educational childcare and preschool. Most of our parents receive some type of financial assistance and have jobs or are attending school. We use a sliding scale fee based on income and family size to determine pricing for daycare and preschool.

Family Development,
Education & Support Services

Parenting services to
strengthen families

We provide lasting generational change through parent education classes, support groups, 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.

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.

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