Florence Crittenton Programs of South Carolina, the state’s only home for pregnant and parenting teens and girls in foster care, hosted its inaugural Legacy of Hope brunch at the Daniel Island Club. Moderated by local real estate icon Terry Haas, the event unveiled Florence Crittenton’s strategic plan to serve more young women in their own communities. 

As part of its strategic plan, Florence Crittenton will transition its residential program into single-family homes, expand opportunities for families to obtain affordable housing, and offer young women outside of its residential program to obtain help from parent educators and success coaches.

“This transformation means we will be able to provide guidance and resources to help young women across the state navigate the complicated system of services available to help them stay in school, find employment, secure safe housing, and provide the best possible life for their child.” says Cheryl O’Donnell, Executive Director of Florence Crittenton Programs of South Carolina.

Special guest and alumna Zandrina Dunning performed and shared her story about the services she received from Florence Crittenton during a vulnerable period of her life when she was pregnant with her son.  Receiving housing and support from Florence Crittenton allowed her to continue pursuing her dream of being a singer and songwriter.

“This is why we need our community to step up and support Florence Crittenton’s efforts to provide a holistic approach to empowering young women and allowing the realization of their full potential as valuable members of the community,” said Dunning.

The invitation-only Legacy of Hope brunch was attended by current and former board members, volunteers, and long-time supporters. Greystar, Palmetto Railways, South Atlantic Bank, Navy Yard Charleston, South State Bank, First Choice by Select Health of South Carolina and Roadside Blooms helped raise more than $14,400, equivalent to providing housing and support services for a young woman and her child for 5 months.

Located in downtown Charleston, SC, Florence Crittenton Programs of South Carolina has been serving the entire state of South Carolina since 1897. Florence Crittenton’s mission is to provide hope, safety, and opportunity to young women in order to instill self-worth and self-sufficiency. Florence Crittenton values the right of every young woman to obtain the education, skills, and support needed to have a healthy life – for today and tomorrow.