Crittenton to Host Third Annual Founding Father's 5K Trail Race

Crittenton to Host Third Annual Founding Father's 5K Trail Race

Crittenton's Founding Father’s Trail Run/Walk is a unique event that offers a challenging off-road running and walking experience.  The scenic 3.1 mile groomed course winds through some of WV’s most spectacular hiking trails at Grand Vue Park, beginning and ending adjacent to the Red Barn. The event takes place on Saturday, June 24, 2017. Walk-in registration begins at 8:00 a.m.  Race time is 9:00 a.m.

Former Crittenton Client Shares Her Message of Encouragement & Recovery

Former Crittenton Client Shares Her Message of Encouragement & Recovery

"Crittenton was the first stage of my journey. It's where I learned that true transformation comes from within. It was the foundation of my recovery and where I began to feel comfortable in my own skin. Sharing my story is my way of giving back and saying ‘thank you Crittenton’ for never giving up on me. If my message touched just one person today, then I came here to do what I was meant to do."

Wellspring Family Services Appoints New Leader in Huntington

Wellspring Family Services Appoints New Leader in Huntington

April Fetty, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), has been named the new site director for the Wellspring Family Services office in Huntington, WV. Fetty brings nearly twenty years of experience in behavioral health to her new position. Her previous experience includes an emphasis on substance abuse treatment for women. Fetty earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Counseling and Rehabilitation from Marshall University. She is also a National Certified Counselor (NCC). 

Crittenton CEO, Kathy Szafran on Staying Resilient for WV's Children - National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

Crittenton CEO, Kathy Szafran on Staying Resilient for WV's Children - National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

"To tackle the challenges, we have to be resilient. Resiliency is what keeps us able to survive and adapt, what keeps us strong and flexible to meet the needs of our state’s children. Resiliency is what we strive to build in our kids so that they can be successful and healthy, in spite of the hardships they are facing."

Wellspring Family Services Hosts Free Parenting Education

Wellspring Family Services invites families in the community to attend free Love and Logic Early Childhood Parenting Made Fun!™ classes. The program is designed for parents of toddlers and young children up to 6 years of age. The curriculum focuses on reducing whining, arguing, frustration, bedtime hassles, struggles over eating, morning craziness, and more. Childcare, workbooks, and refreshments are provided. Transportation assistance may be available.

Tom Bowman, LSW, a case manager in the Weirton Wellspring office, will be the facilitator for the classes. The classes provide practical techniques that help parents achieve respectful and healthy relationships with their children. The skills are easy to learn, change lives, and raise the odds of raising responsible kids.

The Love and Logic Early Childhood Parenting Made Fun!™ classes will begin on Thursday, April 13th at 5:30 pm, located at the Weirton Wellspring office, 3200 Main Street. There will be 6 class sessions. To register or for more information, call the Weirton Wellspring office at 304-748-3768.

The project is funded by a mini-grant awarded by the TEAM for West Virginia Children. Funding for the mini-grants is provided with support from the West Virginia Office of Maternal, Child and Family Health through combined federal funding sources.

Crittenton Services, Inc. Welcomes New Site Directors for Wellspring Family Services

Wellspring Family Services, the community-based counseling division of Crittenton Services, Inc., welcomes new site directors for its Parkersburg and New Martinsville offices.

Lya Burgess is the site director for the New Martinsville office. Burgess brings 22 years of therapy practice to the position. Prior to joining Crittenton, she conducted her solo private practice. Burgess earned a Regents BA from West Virginia State University, with an emphasis in Human Services. She went on to earn her MSW from West Virginia University in 1995. Burgess has been a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LICSW) in West Virginia since 2001. In her free time, Lya enjoys participating in horse shows with her quarter horse.

The site director position for the Parkersburg Wellspring Family Services office marks a promotion for Shannon Morris. Morris began working as a therapist in that office in 2015. She has more than a decade of experience in providing residential and outpatient services. Morris holds an Associate Degree in Human Services & Corrections from Hocking College and a Regents BA with an emphasis in Sociology from West Virginia University. She earned her MSW at West Virginia University in 2014. In addition to finding fun activities to do with her kids, Shannon likes to explore out-of-the-way small towns.

Wellspring Family Services offers outpatient and in-home counseling services to children, families and adults for more than 30 years. Wellspring therapists assist individuals and families struggling with behavioral health issues like depression, behavioral problems, addiction, divorce, parenting concerns, problems at schools, family relationships and emotional issues. Last year, more than 1700 clients chose Wellspring Family Services as a mental health provider. Wellspring Family Services has 7 offices serving 21 counties throughout West Virginia.

Crittenton Services, Inc. Receives Women’s Giving Circle Support

The Women’s Giving Circle of Wheeling is helping young women, ages 18-21, in Crittenton’s transition to independence program move forward with a grant to underwrite driver education. The Giving Circle’s investment in driver education reflects a commitment held in common with Crittenton—the empowerment of girls and young women.

“A driver’s license gives a young woman much more than just driving privileges,” says Martha Wright, Crittenton director of development. “It increases employment opportunities and expands her choices about where she might live, work, or study. We all rely on using a driver’s license as identification that allows us to travel by air, take care of banking, or even pick up prescriptions.”

In the state of West Virginia, license applicants under the age of 18 must log 50 hours of driving time with a parent or earn a driver education certificate from a county school system. Most kids that are transitioning out of care have not been able to meet those requirements. They have not had a parent or guardian to supervise driving practice. Agencies providing out-of-home care cannot take on the liability or the staffing requirements for driver supervision. In addition, many transitioning youths have been in multiple placements, resulting in a disrupted school history that limited access to school-based driver training.

The Women’s Giving Circle is a community of women philanthropists building a legacy of support to address the needs of women and girls in the Upper Ohio Valley. Crittenton Services, Inc. is a behavioral health agency, with a continuum of services including community-based care and a residential program for girls and young women, specializing in the needs of pregnant and/or parenting adolescents. For more information, visit or call 304-242-7060.