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Florence Critenton Family Services is a leader in family and early childhood services. We provide effective intervention and prevention services to families with young children. With the support of partners like you, Florence Crittenton offers a full range of services, including residential therapeutic care, home visits, community parenting classes, outpatient treatment services for mental health issues and drug addiction, as well as educational and childcare opportunities for young children 0 to 5.

Florence Crittenton Family Services offers a wide range of services that strengthen families and build a stronger community. At the heart of Florence Crittenton Family Services is the belief that a person’s past does not have to define their future. Real change is achievable when families are able to heal together. As with any illness, we believe that people with mental health and addiction issues should be surrounded by their support system and their children. It is the key to helping our clients break generational cycles of abuse, trauma and poverty.

Our programs and services include housing and support for homeless youth and their children, addiction recovery services for families, home visiting programs, as well as child care and preschool services at high quality. With these services and the continued support of this community, we will continue to provide the highest quality care to our families most at risk.

The holidays can be a particularly difficult time for families who are struggling with multiple challenges and often a past filled with trauma. Your monetary support and in-kind donation of items on this wishlist allow us to provide a loving environment, basic necessities and services that can bring lasting change to these families. YOU empower these families to get the help they need to heal, create new traditions and provide the best possible life for their children; and that translates into a healthier community for all of us. Your compassion in action changes the future!

Most needed current items

Monetary donations: these donations are imperative to the functioning of our quality services for families. Monetary donations allow for appropriate endowment levels, provision of basic necessities and access to medical care, continuous training of staff, prompt maintenance of facilities, support to help children stay with their parents in a safe and loving environment; access to educational support; and continued growth and development of our programs. Your monetary donations provide the transformational support these families desperately need and deserve.

• NEW bath towels, baby towels, washcloths and shower curtains

• NEW Nursing Bras / Tank Tops, Sports Bras, Leggings, Underwear & Socks

• Bottles and bottle accessories

• Or search one of our donation trees in town for specific items for current customers

Gift cards: can be very helpful in purchasing gasoline, emergency clothing, groceries, over-the-counter medications and other essentials that our young families need. Gift cards can also be used to print baby photos, or for incentives and small gifts for customers on special occasions. The stores frequented are Walmart, Target, TJ Maxx, Hobby Lobby and Costco.

Items we cannot accept due to licensing regulations:

• Car seats, cradles, baby swings

• Strollers, deckchairs and cradles manufactured more than two years ago (before 11/2016)

• crochet or knit blankets

For security reasons, we must unpack all gifts that arrive wrapped. Please do not wrap your gifts. Our staff and volunteers will wrap all gifts given before the holidays.

Donated items can be dropped off at the north entrance of the house: 901 N. Harris St, Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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