Crittenton Honors Former Vice President

Crittenton Services, Inc. celebrates one of its own today at its annual Thanksgiving feast.

Crittenton held its annual Thanksgiving luncheon for the girls and babies in its residential program. This dinner also includes all staff, Board of Directors and volunteers.

This year, Crittenton lost a very special part of the Crittenton family, Mary Stein. She served as Vice President of Quality Improvement for nearly seven years. She passed away in July after a courageous battle with brain cancer. The Thanksgiving luncheon this year (her favorite thing every year) was dedicated to her memory.

Kathy Szafran, President and CEO, presented the Crittenton Angel Award to Mary's family in honor of Mary. Angels have been watching over the residents and programs of Crittenton for more than 120 years. Szafran instituted the "Crittenton Angel Award" to honor those "Angels Among Us."

"Mary made me promise we would never forget her. And I know she is an angel now among us, watching over her Crittenton family. She did so much to help ensure that we were always doing quality work for all clients. We miss her terribly," said Szafran.

Once a place for "unwed mothers," Crittenton Services has evolved to adapt to the ever-changing needs of the state. Crittenton is an accredited behavioral health facility, serving young women and their children, as well as individuals and families. Crittenton remains the only licensed maternity-care residential treatment facility for adolescents in the state, maintaining its long commitment to their special needs. The young women served in Crittenton's residential treatment program come from all 55 counties and have suffered significant maltreatment and neglect in their young lives.

Crittenton also offers community-based outpatient counseling through Wellspring Family Services in 18 counties in Northern West Virginia. The agency also operates child care programs in Ohio County and an Intensive Outpatient Program for at-risk adolescent girls in Ohio County. Each year, Crittenton serves more than 1300 West Virginia citizens.

For information about Crittenton Services and its programs, go to www.florencecrittenton.net.