Junior League of Wheeling Brings ‘Girl on Fire’ to Crittenton

Members of the Junior League of Wheeling will be presenting their “Girl on Fire” leadership program to the clients in residence at Crittenton Services. The idea for the workshop originated within the 2014-15 Junior League Provisional class in hopes to touch the lives of 75 young girls in celebration of the organization’s 75th anniversary.

The program, which also was presented at The House of the Carpenter and Laughlin Memorial Chapel in Wheeling, touches on topics such as self-esteem, social media safety, team building, stress, education and community service. Participants will join in small group discussions and work on team activities. For the community service portion of the program, participants will work together to make fleece blankets to donate to local shelters.

The Junior League sees this project as a long-term commitment.

“We are all looking forward to serving as strong examples for the girls,” said Provisional class leader Jeanette Wakim. “Our hope is that the project can continue over the years and that the past participants will be able to join us as leaders in the years to come.”

“This is such a wonderful opportunity for our girls. The Junior League has been so supportive of Crittenton. It’s a perfect match,” said Stacy Rich, Crittenton director of marketing.

Crittenton’s residential program is a 42-bed behavioral health residential facility for girls 12-18 in Wheeling, offering the only licensed maternity care treatment facility in the state of West Virginia. Crittenton also serves young women who aren’t pregnant or parenting. The girls in treatment at Crittenton are victims of abuse, neglect, sexual assault, some of whom are battling drug addiction, depression and a variety of other challenges. The agency also operates Wellsprings Family Services, an outreach counseling program, as well as Cradles to Crayons Daycare Centers.

All divisions of Crittenton Services currently are accepting volunteer applications. To find out how you can become a volunteer, contact Rich at 304-242-7060, ext. 133 or via email at srich@crittentonservices.com.

For more information on Crittenton Services and its behavioral health programs and services, visit www.florencecrittenton.net.