Wellspring Celebrates New Harrisville Office

Wellspring Family Services, a division of Crittenton Services, is cutting the ribbon today on a new outpatient and home-based counseling office in Harrisville, thanks to a grant provided by philosophy’s Hope & Grace Initiative.

Harrisville Mayor Alan Haught will cut the ribbon at 11:00 a.m. with an open house to follow.

The Ritchie County office, located on 2479 Ellenboro Road inside Windfall Station in Harrisville, will tie together service areas in north central West Virginia, where Wellspring has an established presence, with its Morgantown and New Martinsville offices. New service site selection was based on needs assessments and recommendations from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

Wellspring Family Services has been helping children, families and individuals with professional counseling services for more than 30 years. Offices serve as hubs, from which trauma-focused therapists visit clients at home, in schools, and in other community settings. Because Wellspring clients are predominantly children and adolescents, the entire family is part of the therapeutic process, making home-based care a convenient and effective approach to care delivery. Wellspring currently has offices in Weirton, Wheeling, New Martinsville, Morgantown, and Parkersburg. Last year, more than 1400 clients chose Wellspring Family Services as a mental health provider.

“We are excited to become an important part of Ritchie County’s communities. We know that our master’s level clinicians will provide a much-needed service for children and families, helping them with all of their behavioral health needs. Many of our clients can be seen in the comfort of their own homes and schools,” said Beverly Petrelli, Chief Operating Officer.

Crittenton Celebrates 120 Years of Service with Final Pink Gala

Crittenton Services is proudly celebrating its 120th anniversary of serving families throughout the State of West Virginia. The agency will mark this monumental birthday on Saturday, April 9, 2016, with a Celebrate in Pink gala at Oglebay Resort’s Glessner Auditorium.

As we are marking an anniversary year, we have decided to make this year's event the final Pink. Guests will celebrate in style while dining on a gourmet meal and dancing to the live sounds of the Cleveland-based band, TCB.

Crittenton will celebrate current and past clients with the “Faces of Crittenton,” stunning photos of those Crittenton serves, at the event.

Tickets are available for $120 each and may be purchased online at www.florencecrittenton.net or by calling Crittenton at 304.242.7060. Valet parking is available at the event.  Oglebay is offering discounted rates at Wilson Lodge for the evening. For more information on rooms and reservations, contact Oglebay Park at (304) 243-4090.

Celebrate in Pink is made possible by the generous support of area sponsors. Title sponsors for this year's event are The Christian Fellowship Foundation and the The Fitzsimmons Law Firm. Major sponsors include: WesBanco, Williams, Commonwealth Financial Services, The Health Plan of the Upper Ohio Valley, and the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. Other sponsors include Bayer Federal Credit Union, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Main Street Bank, Riesbeck's Food Markets, Panhandle Cleaning & Restoration, West Liberty University, Glessner & Associates, WTRF, Lamar, and iHeart Media.

"Hope & Grace" Initiative Supports Crittenton Services

Wellspring Family Services, a division of Crittenton Services, is opening two new trauma treatment centers in the state, thanks to a grant provided by philosophy's Hope & Grace Initiative. Philosophy is a well-being beauty brand that inspires women to look, live, and feel their best. Each year the corporation dedicates 1% of its profits to supporting community-based mental health services. 

The Hope & Grace grant will fund the opening of a new Wellspring office in Ritchie County, as well as one in Huntington. The Ritchie County office will tie together service areas in north central West Virginia, where Wellspring has an established presence, with its Morgantown office. The Huntington office will expand operations to service Cabell, Wayne, and Putnam counties. New service site selection was based on needs assessments and recommendations from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

Wellspring offices serve as hubs, from which trauma-focused therapists visit clients at home, in schools, and in other community settings. Because Wellspring clients are predominantly children and adolescents, the entire family is part of the therapeutic process, making home-based care a convenient and effective approach to care delivery. Wellspring currently has offices in Weirton, Wheeling, New Martinsville, Morgantown, and Parkersburg. Last year, more than 1400 clients chose Wellspring Family Services as a mental health provider.

"We are honored to be the recipients of the Hope & Grace Fund. Hope & Grace, like Crittenton, has a special commitment to the mental healthcare needs of women. Our agency was originally founded specifically to meet the needs of women and young children and while our services have expanded over more than a century of service, Crittenton is committed to gender-responsive care," say Kathy Szafran, President & CEO.

Hope & Grace funds community-base programs that support mental health programs. Recipients are local organizations working to empower women through the promotion of mental health and well-being. For more information, visit hopeandgracecommunity.com.

For more information about Wellspring Family Services, go to wellspringwv.com.For more information on the behavioral health services Crittenton provides, call 1-800-280-2229 or go to Crittenton's website www.florencecrittenton.net.

Crittenton Presents Prestigious Award In Honor Of 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 me 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.

Chef Rocco Basil and Crittenton Staff Recognized By WVCCA

The West Virginia Child Care is recognizing local chef Rocco Basil for his commitment to bettering the lives of the young women and children served by Crittenton Services, Inc. Basil was presented the Community Award by the WVCCA in Charleston at its annual conference. 

"Rocco has been the chosen chef for Paint the Town Pink for years, held a fundraising event "Cook and Brew" for Crittenton, and has donated many hours to our kids. We are blessed to call him a friend," said Kathy Szafran, President and CEO.

The WVCCA Community Award is for an entity or an individual that is not a child care service provider, but has involved itself in the some way to positively affect the lives of the children in the care of one of one of its member agencies. 

Also being honored is Crittenton's Caitlin Skiba. Skiba is being recognized as Child Care Worker of the Year for her dedication as a Crittenton's Activities Director at Crittenton's residential program.

"Recently, Crittenton received funding to take our girls on a special trip. We had originally spoken about a beach trip for a long weekend, but we thought it would be too difficult on Caitlin. Caitlin came to me and said, 'Let me do this. They need to see the ocean. So many of them may never get this chance.' How could I say no to that? Caitlin took the reins and planned a wonderful experience for our girls. One they aren't soon to forget. For that and so many other reasons, we are proud to call her an employee," said Szafran.

For more information about the behavioral health services Crittenton provides, call 1-800-280-2229 or go to Crittenton's website www.florencecrittenton.net.

The West Virginia Child Care Association champions what is best for the state's most vulnerable children and their families, the professionals who care for them and the organizations that exist to impact their lives. For more information, go to www.wvcca.org.

Crittenton Celebrates 120 Years

It began with the vision and passion of one man: Charles Crittenton. Charles Crittenton was an activist Christian missionary during the late 19th century American social reform movement. Recognizing the lack of a safety net for women, he devoted himself to the reformation of "fallen women," principally women lacking any alternative to prostitution to sustain themselves and their children. In 1883, working as an urban missionary in New York, he opened a shelter, the Florence Night Mission, named in honor of his daughter Florence, who had passed away at the age of four.

he Wheeling Florence Crittenton Home was established in 1895, when a group of concerned citizens invited Charles Crittenton to visit the city to advise them on the organization of their rescue efforts. After touring the city, which suffered a well-established reputation of vice, Crittenton made a donation for the founding of the Florence Crittenton Rescue Home.

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. 

Crittenton Services, Inc. will hold its 120th annual board meeting on Wednesday, October 28 at 5:30 p.m. at its Elm Grove location. This board meeting is significant, marking a rich and long history of serving those in need in West Virginia. Each year, Crittenton serves more than 1300 West Virginia citizens.

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

Advanced Entertainment And The 19th Hole Team Up To Give Back

"I’ve thought for years that we need a golf scramble. We are The 19th Hole. It made sense. But I wanted it to be more than that," said Angie Szalay, owner of The 19th Hole in Wheeling.

Enter Dane Malatinski, owner of Advanced Entertainment. Dane and Angie began talking and the Open Classic Golf Scramble and Steak Fry was born. But they wanted the event to be more than a great golfing experience and exciting night of food and fun. 

"We know how many wonderful agencies exist in the Ohio Valley that help people every day. We wanted to honor that and support that. It was difficult choosing one, so we decided the event each year will benefit a different local non-profit," said Malatinski.

Szalay starting asking around about nonprofits in the area, but she wanted a specific type of organization.

"I wanted to help an agency that did wonderful work, but I also wanted to help an agency that needed more exposure…that needed to shout from the rooftops about the lives they were changing. I wanted someplace that deserved extra attention. That’s when I found out about Crittenton’s anniversary year," Szalay explained.

The Crittenton agency began in Wheeling as the Florence Crittenton Home 120 years ago. Charles Crittenton was an active social reformer of the late 19th Century, organizing more than 100 Crittenton homes to help women in need. 

"The work of Crittenton has changed dramatically since our agency was founded in 1895. We are now a behavioral health agency serving more than 1300 clients each year with community based care in 18 counties of West Virginia and are still the only agency licensed to meet the maternity needs of girls and young women in the state. But many only remember us as the home for wayward girls. I want the community to know how we are helping their neighbors every day," says Stacy Rich, Crittenton Marketing Director. 

After talking about it, Angie and Dane agreed this was a perfect fit for the inaugural year for the event. 

"It was a no-brainer. We are thrilled to help out an organization that has helped so many children and families for 120 years and counting. That’s amazing," said Malatinski.

The Advanced Entertainment and 19th Hole’s Inaugural Open Classic Golf Scramble and Steak Fry is Friday, October 16 at Oglebay’s Crispin Golf Course beginning at 11:00 a.m. Teams are still available. The register your team, call the 19th Hole at 304-232-9464. The steak fry begins at 5:30 that evening at the Haller Shelter at Oglebay and offers entertainment from DJ Daner and Bon Journey. Tickets can be purchased separately for $35 each or $60 per couple. Steak fry tickets can be purchased at the 19th Hole, Advanced Entertainment and Crittenton Services, Inc.

All proceeds from this event benefit Crittenton Services, Inc.

Crittenton offers comprehensive behavioral health treatment for children and families, including community-based outpatient counseling through Wellspring Family Services in 18 counties in Northern West Virginia and a residential treatment facility for adolescent females serving all of West Virginia in its Elm Grove facility. The agency also operates child care programs in Ohio County and an Intensive Outpatient Program for at-risk adolescent girls in Ohio County. 

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

Advanced Entertainment has been the go to company for the Ohio Valley’s premier events and has been hosting two bridal shows for over 5 years. They offer wedding services such as: DJ, Photography, Video, Limo, Party Bus, Up-Lighting, Décor, and Wedding Officiate. Theoffice and studio are located in Martins Ferry, OH. For more information about Advanced Entertainment, contact DJ Daner at 304-280-1851.

The 19th Hole was established in 1998 by the original ownership of the late great Allen Kage, succeeded by Angie Szalay in 2012. The 19th Hole features live music every week in a comfortable sports bar atmosphere and has been a local favorite for the best wings and oven baked hoagies in the Ohio Valley. They are located on 780 National Road Wheeling. For more information, call 304-232-9464.

The University of Pittsburgh Teams With Crittenton To Offer Support

Wheeling, WV –Several families served by Crittenton Services, Inc. have benefitted from a parenting curriculum called “The Incredible Years,” thanks to The University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development and a grant from Caplan.

The University of Pittsburgh staff, with the help of Crittenton’s Wellspring Family Services staff, has completed a series of evidence-based classes designed to help with positive parenting, positive child interactions, and an increase in children’s self-regulatory skills and social skills.

The University’s staff and consultants chose seven West Virginia families to take part in this 10-class curriculum. The classes took place at Crittenton Services, Inc.’s Wheeling office and Crittenton’s Wellspring Family Services office in New Martinsville.

“I love this program! I feel a lot more confident in my ability to manage my children’s behaviors,” said Amanda, a parent attending the Wheeling class. 

“Incredible Years was such a rewarding experience both for the families who came and for us as clinicians. Parents not only learned strategies to manage and prevent problem behavior in their children, but also bonded with one another and created an extended support network for themselves that would have never existed without this program. As a clinician, it was so amazing to see such drastic positive change in both parents and children over such a short period of time. This has, bar none, been my favorite part of my job for the past ten weeks,” said Sarah Aspenleiter, Crittenton TIES Clinical Liaison. 

The University and Crittenton Services, Inc. are working together to make more classes available to more families in the future.

Crittenton offers comprehensive behavioral health treatment for children and families, including community-based outpatient counseling through Wellspring Family Services in 18 counties in Northern West Virginia and a residential treatment facility for at-risk adolescent females serving all of West Virginia in its Elm Grove facility. The agency also operates child care programs in Ohio County and an Intensive Outpatient Program for at-risk adolescent girls in Ohio County. 

For information about Crittenton Services and its programs, go to www.florencecrittenton.net. For more information about Wellspring Family Services, go to www.wellspringwv.com.