Phone 704-372-4663

Author: Kamaria Clifton

Thank you for all you’ve done to prepare me for motherhood. There are so many things, both physical and mental, that I came into the program not thinking I would be able to obtain. I can’t imagine what I would have done without. Thank you for turning a point in my life that I never thought I’d get through into one of the most memorable experiences that I’ve ever had. This pregnancy would have been impossible to get through without the help of Florence Crittenton Services.


I truly appreciate everything. I’m sure I would not have been able to do this successfully without you guys. Continue doing the wonderful walks. The Staff is amazingly friendly, kind, patient, helpful and knowledgeable. Special Thanks and Appreciation to the whole Applewood Staff. They were so encouraging and made my stay pleasing.


Dear FCS Staff,

I would like to thank everyone that has been a part of my journey here at Florence Crittenton. You guys have encouraged me and believed in me since the moment I came here at 6 months pregnant. You guys have been a blessing to my life in so many ways. You Guys have made Florence Crittenton feel like home. I didn’t know any other way of thank every single one of you guys so I wanted to write this letter. You Guys Will Be Truly Missed



What is Shop for GOOD?  Did you know there is a fun, easy way to make a difference in Charlotte that you can do from anywhere, at  any time, that fits any budget? ​SHARE Charlotte’s ​Give Shop®​ is an online marketplace that brings  together hundreds of Charlotte nonprofits’ Amazon wish lists, making it simple for our community to “shop  for good”!     

Seasonally, SHARE rallies our community to support nonprofits through Shop for GOOD promotions that  feature the items that Charlotte nonprofits need to run their business and programs. Items are shipped  directly to nonprofits’ doors, and donors know exactly where their money is going – that’s a win, win.

“Shop for GOOD: Winter is Coming Edition”,​ presented by ​Bank of America​, features nonprofit needs  including those related to preparing for Winter such as coats, clothing, food, can openers, or everyday  items such as toilet paper and trashbags. Promotion dates are Sunday, Oct 6 – Friday, Oct 11.

Take a look at the wish list for Florence Crittenton Services here. By participating in Shop for GOOD, you help to supply us with the essential tools we need to provide health and hope to adolescents, women, and their families. Thank you for choosing to #shopforgoodclt!

Come enjoy a night of food, drinks and silent auction shopping of items from Charlotte-area businesses! From tickets to gift certificates to bundles of merchandise, you cannot miss the chance to do some shopping for yourself or get some early holiday shopping done for your loved ones. Also featured at the event will be a wine pull and a 50/50 raffle. All proceeds will benefit Florence Crittenton Services, whose mission is to provide comprehensive trauma-informed health, educational and social services to women, adolescents and babies in the foster care system.

Tickets are $35 presale and $40 at the door. Each ticket includes beer, hors d’oeuvres, and access to the silent auction. Additional food and drink will be available for purchase.

The event will be held on Friday, November 15, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (silent auction bidding will close at 8:00 PM sharp) at Town Brewing Co. , located at 800 Grandin Road, Charlotte, NC 28208

Follow our Facebook event here for updates and to see which of your friends are coming!

To purchase tickets online, click here.

For more information, questions, or to RSVP, please contact us here or by phone at 704-372-4663.

Florence Crittenton Services honored Sonja Gantt with the Lucille P. Giles Award at the annual Transforming Lives Luncheon on May 7, 2019.

Sonja Gantt is the executive director of the CMS Foundation, the nonprofit fundraising partner of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Not only did Sonja grow up in Charlotte — she also served the majority of her 30-year media career as a reporter/anchor covering Mecklenburg County. Sonja’s community service over the years supports her role with the CMS Foundation, which works closely with local corporations, private foundations and community groups.

As the leader of the CMS Foundation, Sonja manages the organization’s staff and fundraising strategy and oversees its programmatic focus areas. She also serves as a member of the school district’s executive leadership team, a role that gives her deep insight into both the challenges and opportunities within Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. This insight helps inform how the CMS Foundation supports the school district and where it focuses philanthropic investments.

Sonja served on the Florence Crittenton Services (FCS) Board of Diectors for two terms, 1997-2000 and 2001-2004. As a board member Sonja brought her knowledge, dedication and enthusiasm for serving others. Florence Crittenton Services gives the Lucille P. Giles award to an individual with outstanding commitment to human and social concerns, who has demonstrated a true passion for the work done at FCS. Sonja Gantt is a true community advocate and we are proud to recognize her as this year’s recipient.


Contact: Sarah Hyde, Director of Development

Phone: 704-372-4663



Rabbi Judy Schindler honored by Florence Crittenton Services

Director of the Stan Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice

at Queens University Awarded 2018 Lucille Giles Award


(May 18, 2018) On Tuesday, May 15, Rabbi Judith Schindler, Director of the Stan Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice at Queens University of Charlotte, was awarded Florence Crittenton Services’ (FCS) Lucille Giles Award at the FCS Annual Luncheon. This award is given to an individual with outstanding commitment to human and social concerns, who has supported the women and children served by Florence Crittenton’s programs.

Florence Crittenton Services offers safe housing to pregnant and non-pregnant women and adolescents, where they are provided a continuum of care, focusing on counseling, health care, and vocational/educational services. The Charlotte agency has served over 40,000 individuals since it was established in 1903. Funds raised at the Annual Luncheon are used to maintain and strengthen the agency’s comprehensive services throughout all programs.

Rabbi Schindler has supported Florence Crittenton Services for many years and served on the FCS Board of Directors from 2003-2006.

During her acceptance speech at the 2018 FCS Annual Luncheon, Rabbi Schindler said “Florence Crittenton was built on taking trauma and tragedy and turning it into blessings and new life. It is here where we turn things around and turn a painful past into a bright and blessed future.”

In addition to her support of FCS, she has displayed compassion and dedication to social justice in many of her other life choices. Rabbi Schindler was named Rabbi Emerita of Temple Beth El in Charlotte, North Carolina after serving from 1998-2016. Prior to coming to Charlotte, she was an Associate Rabbi at Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, New York.

Rabbi Schindler envisioned and led the creation of four social justice documentaries being utilized across the country and has contributed chapters and articles to more than ten books.

Rabbi Schindler is now a contributing columnist for the Charlotte Observer. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Charlotte Clergy Coalition for Justice, is co-chair of the Rabbinic Council of the Association of Reform Zionists of America and is a Trustee of the Reform Pension Board. She is past co-chair of the Women’s Rabbinic Network, served on the Board of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Coalition for Housing, and as co-chair of the Clergy Council of MeckMin.

“We are honored to recognize Rabbi Judy Schindler as the recipient of this year’s Lucille Giles Award,” said Diane Thompson, CEO of FCS, “She has been a long-time supporter of the agency and is a true example of how to live our core values of Compassion, Hope, Accountability, Inclusion and Respect.”