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Our History

Timeline of Our History

Directions for Youth & Families has roots dating back to 1899, when Associated Charities was established. Through many years, many name changes, and several mergers, they became Crittenton Family Services in 1992, offering counseling and other intervention and education services to families and children.

In 1968, Juvenile Probation Council and Friends In Action were formed. These two additional service organizations would become the basis of DFYF's Prevention services (with counseling & clinical services available as well). They merged in 1983 to form Directions For Youth.

Directions for Youth & Families was born of the 1999 merger of Crittenton Family Services and Directions For Youth, creating one organization that provides counseling & clinical services, prevention & after-school/summer programs, and kindergarten readiness & parenting programs to youth and families in central Ohio.

Crittenton Family Services
Directions For Youth
1899
Established as the "Associated Charities"
1921
Changed name to "Family Services Society"
1929
Changed name to "Family Bureau"
1939
Merged with the Children's Bureau to become the "Family & Children's Bureau"
1974
Merged with the Florence Crittenton Home and changed its name to "Family Counseling and Crittenton Services"
1992
Changed its name to "Crittenton Family Services"
1968
Juvenile Probation Council and "Friends in Action" formed
1975
Juvenile Probation Council merged with "Volunteers in Probation" to form "One to One"
1983
"One to One" and "Friends in Action" merged to form "Directions For Youth"
1996
Acquired the Short Stop Teen Center
1999
Purchased the 3rd Avenue Community Church and opened as the Short Stop Youth Center
1999
Built and moved into new building at 1515 Indianola Ave
Directions for Youth & Families
2002
Crittenton Family Services and Directions For Youth merged to become Directions for Youth & Families.
2006
Directions for Youth & Families opened the Ohio Avenue Youth Center at 657 South Ohio Avenue.
2014
DFYF served 6,200 youth and their families in central Ohio, many of whom were economically challenged.
2015
DFYF opened Crittenton Center at 3840 Kimberly Parkway North.
 

Directions for Youth & Families  provides counseling & clinical services, prevention & after-school/summer programs, and kindergarten readiness & parenting programs to youth and families in central Ohio.

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MAIN OFFICE

1515 Indianola Ave.
Columbus, OH 43201
Map and Directions
(614) 294-2661
fax: (614) 294-3247

EAST OFFICE

3616 East Main St.
Whitehall, OH 43213
Map and Directions
(614) 251-0103
fax: (614) 251-1177

OHIO AVENUE CENTER

657 South Ohio Ave.
Columbus, OH 43205
Map and Directions
(614) 258-8043
fax: (614) 258-8123

CRITTENTON CENTER

3840 Kimberly Parkway
Columbus, OH 43232
Map and Directions
(614) 694-0203
fax: (614) 694-0245

DELAWARE COUNTY OFFICE

39 W Winter St.
Delaware, Ohio 43015
Map and Directions
(740) 990-0254
fax: (740) 990-0255