Founded in 1896 by Charles Crittenton, Florence Crittenton works effortlessly to support and empower struggling women and girls all around the world, including Arizona.
Arizona’s Crittenton has been known as the place for unwed mothers when there was a stigma around being a husband-less mother. Today, there’s less of a stigma surrounding women who want to keep their children. Girls Ranch, a group home, is a safe environment for girls 12 to 18 years old to learn life skills and how to become self-sufficient.
“We have girls in our residential program as young as age 10 and they receive individual group family therapy,” Chief Executive Officer at Florence Crittenton Dr. Kellie Warren says. “They live on our campus. We have qualified mental health professionals who live with them, dealing with their trauma.”
There are about 40 girls on any given day who benefit from that program. Within Girls Ranch and the service for young mothers, there are about 15 to 25 girls a day who take advantage of the service. In addition to those services, there is also an all-girl public high school, the only one of its kind in the state. Over 1,000 girls are affected every year because of these programs.
The all-girl high school is available for girls in grades 9th through 12th. There’s a strong focus on empowerment, public speaking and college preparation.
Florence Crittenton is hosting an event at the end of September to collect clothing, hand bags, shoes and furniture. They’ll resell the items in their thrift store. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go back to support the programs.
For more information on Florence Crittenton, visit flocrit.org.