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Legislation #: 160723 Introduction Date: 9/22/2016
Type: Special Action Effective Date: none
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBERS SHIELDS, JUSTUS, TAYLOR, WAGNER, LUCAS, HALL, FOWLER, BARNES JR., REED, MCMANUS AND CANADY
Title: Honoring the 120th anniversary of Crittenton Children’s Center.

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9/20/2016 Filed by the Clerk's office
9/22/2016 Adopted

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RESOLUTION NO. 160723

 

Honoring the 120th anniversary of Crittenton Children’s Center.

 

WHEREAS, of greatest interest throughout the history of our community are vulnerable populations who may be especially subject to health and welfare risks, most especially our children and in particular those in precarious situations such as victims of child abuse and neglect and those experiencing severe emotional disturbance; and

 

WHEREAS, the Florence Crittenton Home was established in the River Market area of Kansas City Missouri in 1896, beginning a 120 year legacy of responding to the community’s most pressing concerns affecting children and their families, beginning with a focus on the wellbeing of unwed mothers and their babies; and

 

WHEREAS, in 1925, single African American mothers did not have access to the Florence Crittenton Home, community volunteer Elizabeth Bruce Crogman enlisted the generous philanthropic support of William Volker to open the Florence Home for Colored Girls; and

 

WHEREAS, volunteer physicians, nurses, counselors, and community leaders tirelessly endeavored to provide the women at both homes with shelter, medical care, education and counseling so that they could become successful and independent mothers of healthy children; and

 

WHEREAS, the State of Missouri implored the Crittenton Home to begin serving teenage girls with mental health concerns, inspiring Grace H. Ketterman, M.D., and Gary D. Baker, Executive Director, to enthusiastically prepare for this additional challenge, and in 1979 to create the region’s first child-specific psychiatric hospital; and

 

WHEREAS, for all these 120 years, dedicated and talented Crittenton professionals have developed diverse and innovative programs deemed ‘Best in Class’ solutions for children’s emotional needs, now reaching children across the country; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

That the Mayor and Council do hereby declare September 22, 2016, to be Crittenton Children’s Center Day; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this Resolution be spread upon the Minutes of the Council in testimony thereof and that a copy hereof be presented to representatives of the Crittenton Children’s Center in token of the Mayor and Council’s appreciation of their service to our community.

 

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