Mr. Charles Crittenton and Dr. Kate Waller Barrett invested their lives in “the rescue of unfortunate lost girls”
As a result of the dedication of co-founders, Mr. Charles Crittenton, and Dr. Kate Waller Barrett, the Crittenton social welfare movement was born with a social justice foundation grounded in a commitment to the rights of women and that they enjoy the same opportunities as men, to change their lives, and to support themselves and their families. Mr. Crittenton and Dr. Barrett believed that the most effective way to address compelling social issues was at the local level, consistent with the culture, needs, and context of each community. Our founders understood that local organizations across the country would be stronger through an association with their sister organizations, who together could connect the dots and truly catalyze social change. Through their advocacy, in 1898, The National Florence Crittenton Mission was established, known today as The National Crittenton Foundation. It was the first charitable organization created through congressional charter as the national umbrella to unite the Crittenton homes.
Of girls who are homeless, 61% reported being sexually abused before leaving home.
In a 2001 study of homeless youth, 61% of homeless girls, and 19% of homeless boys, reported having been sexually abused before leaving home.