Got Wings? Every Child Needs and Angel

Got Wings? Every Child Needs and Angel

The Friends of The Yolo Crisis Nursery are selling Angel Wings this holiday season for a suggested donation of $5. All money raised from the sale of the Angel Wings will go to the Yolo Crisis Nursery to help children and families in turmoil.

The Angel Wings are sure to spread holiday cheer and the spirit of giving with a donation to help children in crisis. The Angel Wings make a great gift, or a festive gift tag and are a wonderful addition to your holiday presents.  Get your Wings today at the following retail locations:

  • 3rd Street Jewelers, 903 3rd St, Davis, CA 95616
  • Beyond the Garden Gate, 1015 Olive Dr, Davis, CA 95616
  • Coldwell Banker, 502 2nd Street, Davis, CA 95616
  • Lyon Real Estate, 401 2nd St, Davis, CA 95616
  • Lyon Real Estate, 507 Main St, Woodland, CA 95695
  • Pinkadot, 238 E St, Davis, CA 95616
  • Spa Central, 1111 Kennedy Pl #6, Davis, CA 95616
  • Yolo Fliers Club, 17980 Co Rd 94B, Woodland, CA 95695

Parenting is hard. Since 2001, The Yolo Crisis Nursery has been there to help. Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the Nursery offers respite childcare for families in crisis with children ages birth through 5 years old. The Nursery offers wrap-around services to keep families together, help them navigate crises, and prevent child abuse and neglect. Our wrap-around services help parents resolve the problems that brought them to our door. In fact, 97% of our clients do not become clients of Child Protective Services. Our services are voluntary and free of charge. Without the generosity of our community, the nursery would not exist. To learn more about The Yolo Crisis Nursery or to donate, please visit www.yolocrisisnursery.org.

Yolo Crisis Nursery: The Love and Understanding of a Grandparent’s Perspective

Yolo Crisis Nursery: The Love and Understanding of a Grandparent’s Perspective

If you’ve ever cared for a young child, you are familiar with the anxiety in trying to comfort an infant or toddler with a high fever at 3 a.m.

Your mind races with concern for the child, wondering when the fever will break and if they need to see a doctor, followed with the realization that you need to be at work in just a few hours. You know the dread of having to make a choice between your child and a job interview or medical appointment, cancelling a work meeting you organized or explaining your late arrival again to a boss because another babysitter bailed at the last minute.

As a single mom, I faced many of these decisions when my daughter was young. My daughter is now grown, and I am a proud grandmother of two beautiful girls. I am also retired and in the fortunate position of being able to help in caring for my grandchildren when these situations arise. Our family is very fortunate, unlike many moms and dads in our community who do not have a safety net and need to make difficult choices as parents of young children.

Even worse, numerous families in our community face very serious, sometimes life-threatening, circumstances due to severe health challenges, job loss, homelessness or domestic violence.

As a parent and grandparent, I understand what a safety net of love and support can do for young children and their parents. That is why I assist the talented staff and dedicated Board of Directors and volunteers of the Yolo Crisis Nursery to raise support for the nursery’s mission: to provide early intervention services in a safe environment to nurture healthy and resilient children, strengthen parents and preserve families.

Yolo Crisis Nursery offers a combination of trauma-informed emergency and respite childcare with wrap-around services for parents. This model is unique in California. In fact, the nursery is one of only four crisis nurseries in the entire state. The nursery is unique not only for the services offered, but also because it is a home and a place of hope and help for Yolo County families. The nursery has had great success in protecting local children and preserving their families.

Last year, 97 percent of families receiving nursery services:

  • Completed a referral to support services.
  • Reported a reduction in stress after using our services.
  • Did not become a part of the child welfare system.

The success of the nursery is vital to keeping our Yolo County kids safe, with 64 percent of clients reporting being at risk of domestic abuse and 54 percent of the children experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

Giving Tuesday
Following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized holiday shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday is Giving Tuesday on Nov. 27. It is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity.

Won’t you join me in kicking off the giving season by donating to the Yolo Crisis Nursery on Giving Tuesday? The holidays are a wonderful time to give back to our community, especially to our children whose families are experiencing extreme stress, trauma or crisis. Your donation will help to keep this vitally important work serving Yolo County’s young children and their families alive.

Our gifts provide critical support so that a local mom or dad will never have to make a difficult choice or leave a young child in an unsafe situation. Together we will realize Yolo Crisis Nursery’s vision of every child in Yolo County growing up in a safe, loving and stable home.

If you or someone you know needs emergency or respite childcare, contact Yolo Crisis Nursery at 530-758-6680. Nursery services are available 24/7, 365 days a year.

Gifts to the Yolo Crisis Nursery can be made on the nursery’s website: www.yolocrisisnursery.org or by mail to Yolo Crisis Nursery, 1107 Kennedy Place, Suite 5, Davis, CA 95616. The Yolo Crisis Nursery is here because of the generous support of our community. We thank you!

— Cam Stoufer has been the Fund Development Director of the Yolo Crisis Nursery since 2014. Reach her at cstoufer@yolocrisisnursery.org.

This article is by Cam Stoufer and originally appeared in the Davis Enterprise on November 25, 2018.

$10,000 Gift from Yolo County Association of Realtors

$10,000 Gift from Yolo County Association of Realtors

PRESS RELEASE

Yolo County Association of Realtors Presents Yolo Crisis Nursery with $10,000 Gift

Friday, November 16, 2018: Woodland, CA. The Yolo County Association of Realtors presented the Yolo Crisis Nursery with a donation in excess of $10,000 at their weekly meeting. This donation represents the proceeds of the Association of Realtors’ Annual Golf Tournament and Poker Run held in October and an anonymous gift from a member of the Association. The Yolo Crisis Nursery is honored to receive this gift and deeply touched by the Association’s generosity.

“As an Association we strive to house, feed and clothe the people of Yolo County. This donation of over $10,000 represents a 148% increase over last year’s golf tournament proceeds,” states Nick Marin, Executive Director, Yolo County Association of Realtors. “It is our privilege to give the proceeds of our most successful golf tournament to date to the Yolo Crisis Nursery.”

“Our nursery relies on the generosity of our community to keep our doors open. Thank you for helping to make Yolo County a better place today and nurturing our future by supporting the youngest and most vulnerable members of our community,” says Becky Heard, Vice President, Yolo Crisis Nursery Board of Directors. “Last year we cared for 321 families, almost a new family every day. This gift will have a huge impact on the children and families we serve at the Nursery.”

Parenting is hard. Since 2001, The Yolo Crisis Nursery has been there to help. Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the Nursery offers respite childcare for families in crisis with children ages birth through 5 years old. The Nursery offers wrap-around services to keep families together, help them navigate crises, and prevent child abuse and neglect. Our wrap-around services help parents resolve the problems that brought them to our door. In fact, 97% of our clients do not get referred to or go through Child Protective Services. Our services are voluntary and free of charge. Without the generosity of groups like the Yolo County Association of Realtors and others in our community, the nursery would not exist. To learn more about The Yolo Crisis Nursery or to donate, visit www.yolocrisisnursery.org. To learn more about the Yolo County Association of Realtors, visit www.yolorealtors.com.

Pictured in photo from left to right: Becky Heard, Jenni Jacobs Garcia, Oscar Lopez, Jane Eadie, Andrea Romo, Crystal Turben, Nick Marin

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Yolo Crisis Nursery: Distressed, Desperate Dad Calls On The Nursery

Yolo Crisis Nursery: Distressed, Desperate Dad Calls On The Nursery

Under the best of circumstances, when cancer strikes, the entire family is thrown into crisis. And when that family is already struggling to make ends meet, it is devastating.

Not knowing where to turn, distressed and desperate, Jason called the Yolo Crisis Nursery. Jason’s wife was the caregiver for their children and had been diagnosed with cancer. There were not enough hours in the day for Jason to work for his essential paycheck, get his wife to her life-saving treatments and properly care for their two young children. Money was tight and he simply could not miss any more work. Jason could not do it all himself — he needed help.

The Yolo Crisis Nursery was there for Jason and his family. We welcomed the children into respite care and helped Jason find long-term care for the children. We referred him to community resources to help navigate this challenging time. Mom is now in remission and the family is together, thriving, healthy and so very happy.

In the month of October, we’ve seen splashes of pink everywhere for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The women battling cancer, whether breast cancer or other forms, are mothers and daughters. While literally fighting for their lives, most cancer patients are unable to care for their families and children. The extreme stress children experience when their parent has cancer can leave a lasting impact on them, even into adulthood. Thankfully, the Yolo Crisis Nursery is just a call away for families without a support network. The staff at the Yolo Crisis Nursery are all trauma-trained to minimize the impact on children experiencing family unrest and stress.

Every child and family the nursery serves is unique, but they all are in crisis and need help. The nursery is an oasis for children up to age 5 when their family is in turmoil. We lovingly care for the children and support their parents as they work to resolve the emergency that brought them to our door. Our services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, free of charge, and completely voluntary.

Although currently a member of the board of directors, I started with and have been a part of the Yolo Crisis Nursery for over 15 years. Many of the families we serve are facing dilemmas that few of us can even imagine. To Yolo County families with young children like Jason’s, the nursery’s services are life-altering. I have always believed that an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.

The Nursery is here today in large part because of the hard work, dedication, and generosity of the Friends of Yolo Crisis Nursery. This is a community group that actively fundraises year round to help the nursery remain open. For the last 6 years, the Friends of the Yolo Crisis Nursery have hosted the Krustaceans for Kids Crab Feed, with last year’s event raising nearly $80,000! If you share our belief that all children deserve a safe and loving home, please consider joining our group. The friends meet the second Tuesday of every month at 5:30 pm. To learn more, please email friends@yolocrisisnursery.org and be sure to save the date – March 16, 2019 – for this year’s Crab Feed.

There are many ways to get involved with the nursery: volunteering at the Nursery, donating your time and talents to our board of directors, joining the Friends of the Yolo Crisis Nursery, making a financial donation, donating supplies from the nursery’s wish list or just by shopping at Amazon and Nugget Markets.

Amazon and Nugget Markets will both donate a percentage of the purchases you make to the Yolo Crisis Nursery. Just visit Amazon Smile (http://smile.amazon.com), choose Yolo Crisis Nursery as your selected charity and Amazon will donate 0.5 percent of each purchase you make to the nursery.

At Nugget Markets, if you have a scrip card, simply add the Yolo Crisis Nursery as a beneficiary. If you do not yet have a scripts card, please email mleach@yolocrisisnursery.org to learn more. Once you have set up your scrip card, simply present it at checkout and Nugget will donate a percentage of your total monthly spending to the Yolo Crisis Nursery. These donations truly add up and help the nursery care for the Yolo kids in crisis.

We are grateful for your support. The Yolo Crisis Nursery could not survive without the generosity of our community. Please visit www.yolocrisisnursery.org to learn more, get involved, and give to the Yolo Crisis Nursery

This article is by Becky Heard, a member of the Yolo Crisis Nursery Board of Directors and originally appeared in the Davis Enterprise on October 28, 2018.

The Yolo Crisis Nursery: Offering Families a Well-timed Helping Hand

The Yolo Crisis Nursery: Offering Families a Well-timed Helping Hand

Marie, a young single mother, was due to work the night shift and was without care for her 22-month-old son. Marie relied on a friend to watch her son at night, but at the last minute, her friend backed out. With her shift about to start and no one to care for her son, Marie was frantic and faced with a difficult choice – until someone suggested the Yolo Crisis Nursery.

The nursery responded immediately by picking up the child and caring for him for several nights. Marie worked with the Nursery’s team to find regular overnight childcare. With a little help, the crisis was averted. Marie was able to keep her job, her home, and most importantly, ensure her son was safe.

As I reflect back on my near two-year term on the Board of Directors and look forward to my upcoming term as Vice-President of the Yolo Crisis Nursery, I can’t help but reflect back on why I chose it. My reasons are many, but can all be encapsulated by the story of Marie and her 22 month-old son.

Unfortunately, Marie’s story is not uncommon. In Yolo County, roughly 20 percent of our community lives below the poverty level. Many families are facing dire challenges, labor under high levels of stress, and function without a support network.

Who bears the brunt of these crises? Most often it is the youngest and most vulnerable members of our community, children from birth to age 5. The levels of abuse and neglect correspond with high levels of family stress. California has the highest incidence of abuse and neglect in the country. Closer to home, Yolo County’s rate of abuse and neglect has historically been comparable to or higher than the state for children ages birth to 5 years.

The Yolo Crisis Nursery is here to help. We serve young children up to age five and their families. The nursery offers wrap-around services to keep families together, help them navigate crises, and prevent child abuse and neglect.

Yolo Crisis Nursery offers voluntary and free, nurturing childcare for ages birth through 5 years, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Equally important, Yolo Crisis Nursery’s wrap-around services help parents resolve the problems that brought them to our door. The nursery strives to preserve families. Families that stay whole become stronger. Children are less likely to become troubled teens. The cycle is broken.

Since opening its doors in 2001, the Yolo Crisis Nursery has served approximately 4,000 children with a 98% success rate of keeping children out of the child welfare system. Over the past year the Nursery served 47% more children and 13% more families than the previous year.  Last year a child entered the nursery doors 2,549 times for crisis nursery respite services. 54% of these children were from families at risk of or experiencing homelessness, and 64% of these children might have been at risk of domestic violence.

Every family the Yolo Crisis Nursery serves is different, but each one is in crisis, and all in need of aid with little or no support systems. The nursery keeps their young, vulnerable children safe and helps the parents resolve their immediate crises. And they continue to work with and follow families for a year to ensure that the family successfully transitions out of the crisis, the children remain safe, and the family stays whole.

Marie’s story reminds us that with a little help at just the right moment, families can avert crises. Rather than free-falling, they turn towards a more promising future. The Yolo Crisis Nursery works to empower families, so they and their children can thrive.

The Yolo Crisis Nursery has changed my life in countless ways not only by being a Board member, but also as an active supporter and donor.  If you, too, would like to help a Yolo County family at just the right moment, please consider donating today. The Yolo Crisis Nursery could not survive without the generosity of our community, and we are grateful for your support. Please visit www.yolocrisisnursery.org to learn more, get involved, and give to the Yolo Crisis Nursery.

 

This article was written by JoEllen Welsch, Vice President-Elect, Yolo Crisis Nursery Board of Directors. It was originally published in the September 23, 2018 issue of the Davis Enterprise. 

 

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