One day in June of 1889, Mr. J.W. Ellsworth was on vacation when he conceived the idea of a rescue home in San Francisco. Though many sought to discourage the realization of this idea, Mr. E.A. Girvin promised his hearty cooperation. With the help of two others, Nathaniel R. Strong and Rev. John Hannon, the Pacific Rescue Home was born. A short year later, this became the Florence Crittenton Home in San Francisco when Charles Crittenton made his way to California on the “Good News Train.”
Family and Child Empowerment Services (FACES SF) came about in 2011, when Florence Crittenton Services of San Francisco and the Whitney Young Child Development Center joined forces. FACES SF has been keeping both legacies alive ever since through its mission: To nurture, teach and empower San Francisco’s children and families to transform their lives.
Currently FACES provides assistance to children and families living in low-income households through their Child Development Program, Family Support Program, and Workforce program. All services can be provided in English, Spanish, Mandarin, or Cantonese to tailor to the needs of the communities they work with.
There are three Child Development Centers in the San Francisco area that provide subsidized early childhood education and care. At Hayes Valley they enroll infants and toddlers, at Haight Ashbury they enroll preschool aged children, and at Bayview-Hunters Point they enroll children 3 – 12 years old. At each site childcare providers utilize age appropriate curriculums to teach social, emotional, and cognitive skills with cultural continuity and an inclusion of children with special needs. FACES also manages a Family Child Care Network of over 50 licensed home childcare providers that places children in culturally suitable environments.
FACES provides family support services at each child development center location that include parent and caregiver support and education groups, counseling services, and community resources for family engagement. The centers also include formal support such as case management, advocacy, special needs referrals, health screening, and a food pantry. Mental health professionals and child development specialists are available at each site.
Lawland Long has been serving as the Chief Executive Officer of FACES SF for the last seven years, where he strives to create the ecosystem of support that ensures San Francisco families can stay and thrive. In this role, he has doubled the organization’s scale and improved the scope of resources available for families. Prior to his work with FACES SF, Mr. Long served as the Executive Director of the Chinatown Community Children’s Center.