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Mrs. Opsahl
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Valley Times Photo Collection
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Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation and Photo Friends
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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The National Crittenton Foundation was founded in 1883 by Charles Nelson Crittenton, a drug manufacturer and distributor, shortly after his beloved 4-year-old daughter, Florence, died of Scarlet Fever. In his grief-stricken state, he was drawn to the sermons of street-preacher, Smith Allen, who devoted his time preaching on New York streets to "wayward women." Crittenton found a channel in which to direct his grief by turning his attention to finding ways to improve the lives of these women and other women in need such as, single mothers, homeless women, and abused and sexually exploited women. He created a safe haven, opening a home on Bleecker Street in New York and named it after his daughter, the Florence Crittenton Night Mission. The home was so successful in aiding these women that others were started in cities across America, creating the National Florence Crittenton Mission, an organization so successful it was recognized by congressional charter under President McKinley. In 1976, the organization merged as part of the Child Welfare League of America. In 2006, the organization re-emerged as it's own entity, the National Crittenton Foundation, whose goal and purpose remains to address the plight of young girls and women in need.
Photograph caption dated March 20, 1962 reads, "Mrs. Earl Opsahl will lead this year's activities of the North Hollywood Circle, Florence Crittenton Home, Los Angeles."
1 photographic print :b&w ;26 x 21 cm.
Photographic prints
Valley Times Collection
Florence Crittenton Home (Los Angeles, Calif.)
North Hollywood Florence Crittenton Circle
Women--California--San Fernando Valley
Associations, institutions, etc.--California--San Fernando Valley
Fund raisers (Persons)--California--San Fernando Valley
San Fernando Valley (Calif.)
Portrait photographs
Valley Times Collection photographs

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