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Valley Partnership announces 2015 community project

Florence Crittenton Services of Arizona today was selected as recipient of the 2015 Valley Partnership Community Project. The event is Nov. 7 at the Scottsdale Girls Ranch Campus, 8204 E. Monterey Way.

For more than 118 years, Florence Crittenton Services of Arizona has been dedicated to serving at-risk and underserved girls and young women. It provides them with safety, hope, and the opportunity to succeed.

“Our girls will celebrate and definitely understand how the community – as well as us – believes in their full potential,” said Dr. Kellie M. Warren, CEO of Florence Crittenton Services of Arizona. “And that despite what they have gone through, their future is promising and that there are partners out there that see the potential of what they can do. We are humbled and honored to be selected. Valley Partnership just made our day.”

The Scottsdale facility has up to 15 teenage mothers with their children who call the campus home. The vast majority of these girls and young women are referred from Arizona Department of Child Safety and are foster children (76 percent). Annually, approximately 1,000 individuals are served.

“I am so excited that this will be the first community project in the City of Scottsdale,” said Dena Jones, Valley Partnership Community Project Leadership Chair. “Valley Partnership has a great opportunity to improve the environment at Florence Crittenton, which will truly impact the lives of the girls they serve by showing them that they are cared for and that they matter.”

Olsson Associates has agreed to produce a master plan design of the project. The other finalists for the 2015 Community Project were Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development, Save the Family Bridge campus, and Fresh Start Women’s Foundation.

One of Valley Partnership’s cornerstones is community service. Each year, it selects a non-profit organization that can benefit from the skills, efforts and supplies provided by its partners to renovate and enhance facilities for children and those in need. Over the past 26 years, Valley Partnership has contributed more than $3.7 million to the community through these projects. For its 2014 Community Project, Valley Partnership selected Arizona Foundation for the Handicapped in Phoenix.

“It was an honor to be here and to see the surprise on their faces,” Valley Partnership President and CEO Cheryl Lombard said. “It will be a wonderful project for both of our organizations. It truly will be a community project.”

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Valley Partnership releases community project short-list

It doesn’t get any easier.

The 2015 Valley Partnership Community Project planning process has officially begun.

Sixteen grant applications were received, reviewed and ranked by hard-working committee members. The committee short listed the applications to four potential charity recipients. Juliana Norvell of Marc Taylor Inc., led the charge as the charity recipient liaison for the community project committee. She set up visits for the committee to tour the four top sites who are finalists of the 2015 community project.

All four nonprofit organizations opened up their worlds to us and gave us an opportunity to learn more about them and those they serve. Over the course of two days, the committee toured:
•Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development

• Florence Crittenton Services of Arizona

• Fresh Start Women’s Foundation

• Save the Family, The Bridge Family Campus

The first day began at Tumbleweed’s new facility in Phoenix. Tumbleweed serves the homeless and forgotten youth in the Valley. It has done so since 1975. It offers multiple residential, day service center and outreach programs to meet the needs of more than 1,600 youth and young adults each year.

The committee members then toured the Florence Crittenton facility in Scottsdale. For more than 118 years, the organization has been dedicated to serving at-risk and underserved girls and young women. It provides them with safety, hope, and the opportunity to succeed. The Scottsdale facility has up to 15 teenage moms with their children who call the Scottsdale campus home.

The second day started at the Fresh Start facility in Phoenix. Women come to Fresh Start to thrive after facing huge personal and financial challenges. Fresh Start provides a safe place for them and offers education based supportive services to meet their needs. Many of the women who find Fresh Start are fleeing domestic violence.

The final stop was Save the Family, The Bridge Family Campus. The Bridge is a 15-unit gated campus that provides secure transitional housing for women with children who are fleeing dangerous domestic violence. Residents receive specialized programming that is targeted to their unique needs. Save the Family empowers families to conquer homelessness and achieve life-long inter-dependence.

All four finalists shared stories of inspiration and hope. They all provide wonderful services to the underserved, forgotten, and most important, they help children and young people in the Valley.

The annual community service project is a cornerstone for Valley Partnership. This is the second year that I have been involved in the entire process. Again I see the benefits of engaging with the committee early in the process.

“I am excited that the community project committee keeps growing,” says leadership chair Dena Jones of Fidelity National Title. “The membership of the committee is starting off the year with 77 active members and a leadership team of 14. We have more than 65 companies represented on the committee and 10 companies are new to the committee.

“The committee is comprised of some of the most outstanding industry professionals who I have had the privilege to work alongside,” Dena adds. “This group is committed to giving back and believes that ‘Together, We Build a Stronger Valley.’ ”

The real engagement comes Nov. 7 of this year when 200 or so volunteers come together and lend a lot of helping hands.

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Florence Crittenton Names Warren CEO

After a diligent and thoughtful search, Florence Crittenton recently named Dr. Kellie Warren as its new chief executive officer.

Larry Lytle, board chair of Florence Crittenton, said, “We are pleased that Dr. Warren has accepted this new role in the agency. Her extensive background working with young people, her firsthand knowledge of the agency and her passion for making a difference in the lives of the young women we serve make her the perfect fit for leading the agency forward.”

Dr. Warren has been part of Florence Crittenton since November 2010, when she was recruited by former CEO, Linda Volhein, to serve as chief operations officer. In that role, her responsibilities involved leading growth of new and existing programs, including residential, outpatient counseling, community-based services and transitional living.

Most of Dr. Warren’s administrative, clinical and research interest has focused on children and adolescents with mental illness, developmental disabilities, substance abuse and dependency disorders, adolescent delinquency problems, traumatization and gender responsive and culturally-competent services. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Central State University and a Doctor of Psychology from Wright State University School of Professional Psychology.

Prior to coming to Florence Crittenton, Dr. Warren served as the deputy director of the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections (ADJC), overseeing all phases of the operation of juvenile treatment, rehabilitation and monitoring. She also served as the department’s assistant director of programs and institutions and the clinical director of medial and behavioral health services.

“I am elated to be the new CEO at Florence Crittenton,” said Warren. “This agency has such a rich 116-year history of helping girls and young women in our community. We know we can do so much more and I look forward to doing what I can to make Florence Crittenton the top gender-specific organization in the country.”

For more information on Florence Crittenton, visit Florence Crittenton’s website at flocrit.org.