Independent Living Program

Jules* was living abroad with her mother and fell in love with a handsome young man. At 16, she became pregnant and moved back to the US for better medical care. She moved into Florence Crittenton, where she completed her high school education, became employed, and delivered a healthy baby girl. During COVID, she lost her employment; however, she did not give up. She began a Microsoft certification program, which increased her career opportunities for future employment, and she is excited to be working again! 

*name changed for confidentiality purposes. 

Our Impact

Last year our young women

  • 90% improved their grades or completed classes

  • 100% improved job readiness skills,

  • 96% improved parenting skills,

Our Services

  • 24-hour care and supervision in a group environment

  • healthy meals and snacks

  • prenatal care

  • parenting classes

  • education support for primary, secondary, and post-secondary programs

  • group and individual counseling

  • emotional support and encouragement

  • job readiness and life skills training

  • transportation

  • educational, cultural, and social activities

  • dedicated advocate to help achieve long term goals

Program Eligibility

  • pregnant or a female with an infant under 1 year old

  • 14 – 20 years old

  • lives in the state of South Carolina

  • working to complete school/GED or willing to obtain employment

  • able to get along with others

  • willing to commit to her care plan

About Our Home

In our residential group living environment, our young women receive 24-hour care and supervision. Parenting residents will have a single room and non-parenting residents may have to share a bedroom and bathrooms. The living room, classroom, and dining room are shared common areas in which our young women spend time bonding, watching TV, participating in activities, listening to music, and getting creative. We have family-style meals, and each of our young women are expected to complete chores consistent with other teens.

How To Apply

If you are interested in a private placement for a young woman, please contact admissions@florencecrittentonsc.org.

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Housing Support for Families Experiencing Homelessness

Sarah’s* life was forever changed after unlocking the door to her new apartment. Just days before, she was sleeping on a relative’s couch as she prepared for the birth of her twins. Because of you, she’s one of two dozen homeless single mothers who received rental assistance and home-based parenting support from Florence Crittenton. She and her babies now sleep safely in their own beds and she is preparing to return to work.

*Name changed for confidentiality

Our Impact

As a result of the support received, our families:

  • 90% are employed
  • 87% have moved on to permanent housing

Our Services

  • assistance finding affordable housing

  • rental assistance (when funding is available)

  • parenting and co-parenting support

  • child development assessments

  • job readiness and life skills training

  • help with child care vouchers

  • screening and referral to other programs

  • emotional support and encouragement

  • dedicated advocate to help achieve long term goals

Program Eligibility

  • mother, father, or family with a child under the age of 5

  • live in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties

  • currently homeless or at-risk of homelessness

  • willing to commit to their family’s plan

How to Apply

If you are in need of housing support, please email admissions@florencecrittentonsc.org.

Once you have contacted admissions@florencecrittentonsc.org, there will be an initial over-the-phone screening for eligibility or referral elsewhere. Once you are preliminary eligible, you will provide the required documentation to complete the full assessment to get into the coordinated entry.

Coordinated Entry

Florence Crittenton Programs of South Carolina is a member of the Lowcountry Continuum of Care, a group of organizations that coordinate with other service providers to develop and implement coordinated strategies to address homelessness in the Lowcountry. To learn more about Continuum of Care, please visit their website Continuum of Care — Lowcountry Continuum of Care (lowcountrycoc.org).