Florence Crittenton buys Cooney Drive property, will relocate all services under 1 roof

Phil Drake

The stars aligned.

That’s a phrase Carrie Krepps, executive director of Florence Crittenton Family Services, offers as she explains how her organization was recently able to get $1.25 million from the Community Development Block Grant – CARES Act fund that helped them to buy the former Cooney campus, with plans to put the operations under one roof and continue to provide services to young families.

Officials with Crittenton, which has been in Helena for 125 years, called it a new chapter in the organization’s history, “one that will take us through our next 100 years.”

Crittenton received the grant through Lewis and Clark County and has given up its leases on other properties and plans to move all of its operations into the campus soon. The foundation closed on the building in early December, upon getting notification of getting grant.

What started as a quest to find more space turned into the nonprofit group buying a 28,294-square-foot building on 3.75 acres at 3404 Cooney Drive from Paul and Kelly Arneson for $2.5 million. It also has two homes and a duplex. The campus has served as an office for the Mountain-Pacific Quality Health Foundation and, at one time, the county

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