Phone 704-372-4663

Author: Kamaria Clifton

Event to take place on Saturday, May 18 at Extravaganza Depot at 8 pm.

$110 per ticket In support of a great cause this celebration includes: fashions, food, and music. In 2013, Florence Crittenton is celebrating its 110th anniversary and The Evolution of Southern Fashion is part of this year long celebration. The Evolution of Southern Fashion explores the history of Southern fashions from the Civil War era through the decades and the evolution of the modern Southern woman. Philanthropic community members, local businesses, young professionals and wives of professional athletes, will watch or walk the runway displaying fashions that tell the story of the evolution of Southern fashion.

RSVP to jlisenby@fcsnc.org

In this special year of celebration of the 110th anniversary of Florence Crittenton Services (FCS), I pause to reflect on my 30 plus years with this amazing organization. I started employment as a social worker and for the past 14 years have been honored to serve as the CEO.

Prior to my employment with FCS, I worked with young single pregnant and parenting teens in another state. Throughout that experience I encountered so many situations where the young women were in need of safety, support and hope. When I first walked through the doors of FCS, I felt the homelike atmosphere and it is what I would have envisioned for the many young lives I had encountered. As I continued my work at FCS, I have been able to see first hand what a difference it makes when a young pregnant woman has support, a safe place to live, resources and most importantly, someone who believes in them and their potential to have a better life. I have seen this carried through from young women who were my clients who are now professional women contributing to our society and who
have raised remarkable children who are also leading productive lives. The Crittenton experience is life changing for two generations. The other remarkable aspect of FCS that I take pride in is the responsiveness to changing needs as exemplified in Sarah’s House and Legacy Hall programs for teens in the foster care system and now our focus on assisting clients in healing from trauma.

Throughout my journey, I have met incredible, resilient young people and many very dedicated and committed volunteers, donors and staff who work tirelessly everyday to help us meet the needs of clients. I remain grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the FCS legacy of promoting health and hope for tomorrow’s children and hope that others who read these stories will join with us and invest in the potential and future success of our youth.

In celebration of National Volunteer Week
Volunteers of
Florence Crittenton Services,
we appreciate you!

Because of your Love,
Because of your Caring,
Because of your Support,
your Heart,
and Time spent Sharing,
We Succeed,
we Shine,
we Strive.
We Overcome,
we Achieve,
we Thrive.
We Are, because of You!

Thank you, FCS Volunteers,
from the bottom of our hearts!

Having a job at Florence Crittenton is kinda awesome! You are given the opportunity to make a difference every day. Whether you are cooking the food, teaching a class, transporting the babies to childcare, or collecting donations, everything and everyone works together to help our clients be successful.

Last night one of our amazing relief staff went above and beyond and assisted our residents with a super fun craft. She bought and brought all of the supplies for the clients to paint and design picture frames for their baby’s photo’s. What a wonderful way for our mom’s-to-be to get excited about the new life about to enter the world. They loved every minute of the activity. Its nice to have the opportunity to specially design something for your child, and this wonderful employee made that possible. Not because she had to, but because she believes in our mission and helping the wonderful women who grace our presence every day! Thanks, Kamina!! You rock!

Revelations

I know life isn’t easy
but who would have thought it would be this.
Sometimes it gets so overwhelming
I just feel like giving up.
But my pride won’t let me walk away,
and fear keeps me from getting ahead.
That’s when I compromise my options
to sit and do nothing instead.
That way there is no losing
because there is nothing for me to fight.
Yet those are the times I miss winning,
which I finally do get it right.

I know life isn’t easy
and sometimes
I’m glad its not.
Because victory is always sweeter
when the war is not easily fought.
Plus, who said that life was made up of pain
just to bring me down?
It’s when times get the hardest
That I refused to be pushed around.
And where would my strength be
if life had not prepared me for this day?
I’m stronger that I give myself credit for,
and despite the pain, I’ll be okay.

Poem written by former Florence Crittenton Resident.

If Fay Green were alive today she would want to tell you a story…she was a great story teller! Fay and her hubby Danny, were both actively involved with FCS for many years. For her devotion and dedication to FCS, Fay was awarded the Lucille P. Giles Award in 1999. She was co-chair of the FCS Auxiliary from 1989-1993. Together with her dear friend, Claire MacGregor, they established the FCS Auxiliary Scholarship Fund in the 1980s. A few weeks before she passed away, I was with her in Temple Beth-El’s library and as she turned the pages of her personal scrapbook, she recounted stories not only about her but about a culture that was changing because of her. I was deeply affected by the scope of her accomplishments as she volunteered in a myriad of ways throughout the Charlotte community. The photo, below, shows her standing tall in pink, smartly dressed, accessorized and coiffed, as this was her signature demeanor. The one you see here is of Fay enjoying an afternoon with the Auxiliary ladies, just one of many spanning 30 years! Fay was always snapping photos of others and relished giving them away. She loved decorating FCS for the holidays and took part in the annual plant sale. Whenever I see a hand knit cap with a pom pom on top, I think of Fay since she loved to knit them for the newborns to keep them toasty warm. Lovely submitted by Gene Ruth Poler.

Volunteering at Temple Beth El’s Mitzvah Day, I made my choice to come to Florence Crittenton. For four years my husband and I came on Sunday where we cooked (Phil barbequed hamburgers) while I helped serve lunch in the kitchen. We were a team with others from Beth El. I made cookies and so enjoyed helping the moms and moms to be with crafts after lunch.

I loved being able to be with the women and sometimes their babies as well. I enjoyed encouraging them in the projects we did. BINGO was a highlight for the women as we Temple Beth El volunteers brought baby gifts for the women as Bingo prizes.
It was a joyous time for all!

Betsy Garfinkle

Time and Reason

With each passing moment,
each blinking eye,
every feeling of atonement,
every breath and every cry,
I realize that the Life I Live
is but a gift to me,
counting every mistake and every success
the young woman I have come to be.
Never let another Judge you,
or discourage the path you choose.
All things have time and reason,
as a sunset, or a rose.
I’ve Lived and Loved,
Loved and Lost,
Lost and Found again;
These times I fell and realized
I was my only friend
Yet I am strong, I am bold,
I am someone special,
all truths be told.
Tears may fall from weary eyes,
But the following morning brings perfection.
I am me, I am one of a kind,
I am the world, and the world is mine.

Poem written by a former FCS client. So beautiful!