Brighter Tomorrows Campaign

Dreams Do Come True – Yolo Crisis Nursery’s New Home

After more than 20 years of caring for the children and families of our community from a 1,400-square-foot rental home, Yolo Crisis Nursery is building an urgently needed, larger facility scheduled for occupancy in early 2025. We are overwhelmed with gratitude and immense pride to announce the culmination of our Brighter Tomorrows Campaign.  

In partnership with our naming donor, Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, local businesses, city and county government, foundations, friends, and supporters we have raised the $9.5 million necessary for construction, furniture, equipment, and moving costs so we can take immediate advantage of our incredible new facility.  The campaign has propelled us closer to our vision that every child in Yolo County grows up in a safe, loving, and stable home. Although we have reached our goal of $9.5 million, there is still an incredible opportunity to get involved as we work to expand our programming. 


Welcome to the New Yolo Crisis Nursery

The Nursery’s new home will be a safe and secure place for children to heal, grow, and thrive. The 8,800 square-foot facility features an innovative design, a comforting, home-like feel and includes:

  • More than triple the number of beds for housing children overnight
  • Designated spaces for preschool classes, training sessions, and meetings 
  • Private offices for parent counseling and other wraparound services 
  • Space for medical assessments, targeted therapy, parenting training, and expanded services 
  • Outside playground space, with designated separate age-appropriate areas 
  • Improved facilities and equipment, from an efficient, modern kitchen to critical security systems 
  • Administrative spaces, storage, and entry areas to provide more effective services
  • Numerous benefits for clients, including access to public transportation, proximity to a nearby grocery store and pharmacy, and a community park within walking distance

Our anticipated move-in date is Spring 2025

Nursery Leadership


“Over the last 15 plus years with the Nursery, I have witnessed countless families in serious, life-threatening crises transition into thriving families that are making their community a better place.”

Heather Sleuter
Executive Director, Yolo Crisis Nursery



The Nursery Needs Room to Grow

Even before the pandemic, the demand for the Nursery’s services was steadily increasing. We had outgrown our home of more than 20 years and began planning a new, larger facility. Rising costs have made it difficult for working families to live in Yolo County. The demand for our services continues to grow, making the need for an expanded, better equipped facility even more urgent.

In FY2023 Yolo Crisis Nursery:

  • We saw growth in every program 
  • Provided 2,962 safe stays for children
  • Delivered nearly 5,212 care packages to families in crisis

Our Clients Had Nowhere Else to Turn:

  • 99% came from low income, Medi-Cal eligible families
  • 83% were at risk of or experiencing homelessness
  • 74% of the children served experienced or were at risk of experiencing domestic violence

Planning For the Future

Yolo Crisis Nursery has an ideal location for building a new home. In partnership with Blue Bus LP, and with the support of the City of Davis, the Nursery will build a new home on a one-acre parcel of land adjacent to a proposed development in Davis. 

Parent and Community Support for the Brighter Tomorrows Campaign

We need caring and compassionate people, especially now. You are front line workers not just in this pandemic, but always, for every crisis. As a family who benefited directly from your work, we are forever grateful for and inspired by the dedication and proficiency with which you provide crucial services to our community.

Former Yolo Crisis Nursery Parent

Thank You to our Incredible Campaign Supporters!

We are grateful to our generous and compassionate Brighter Tomorrows Campaign Leadership Donors for helping to lay the foundation for the Nursery to reach our $9.5 million goal.

Brighter Tomorrows Campaign Leadership Donors:

Naming Gift $2,500,000

Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation

Leadership Gifts $500,000 – $1,500,000

Blue Bus, LLC
City of Davis
County of Yolo
Our Little Light Foundation
State of California
Sutter Health

Major Gifts $100,000 – $499,000

First 5 Yolo
Irwin Foundation
Kelly Foundation
Mohini Jain
Sorensen Foundation
The Johanna Anderson Trueblood Foundation
The Valente Foundation

$10,000 – $99,999

Andrea Clark and Jason Bone
Bill and Nancy Roe
Bob and Del Colby
Charitable Fund
Bruce Hartsough and Marjorie Maxwell
Caroline Chantry and James Malot
Chuck Cunningham and Debra Dunham
Dave and Anne Ewing
David and Becky Heard
Diane Makley
Eleanor and Robert Fairclough
Ginger Joyce and Oliver Stanton
Greg and Amy McNece
Hallmark Properties
Heidy and Peter Kellison
Henry and Kathy Thornhill
In-N-Out Foundation
Jane and John Eadie
Jeremy and Kristen Higgins
Joan Smith and Gerry Maclean
JoEllen Welsch
John Poswall
Kay Resler
Kim Eichorn
Laurie and Mick Lovely
Lindsey Family
Michael and Francisca Johnson
MP Whelan-Miille and Michael Miille
Neal and Marguerite Fleming
Nugget Markets
Paul and Kathleen Hart
Ralph and Patti Sparks
Rick and Pat Stromberg
Roger and Claudia Salquist
Sacramento Regional Foundation
Samrina and Mylon Marshall
Sharon Schauer and Brodie Hamilton
Stephen St. Andre
Steve and Evon Willhoff
Steve and Teri Greenfield
Steven and Andrea Weiss
Stewart and Ann Teal
Susan and Kent Calfee
Taormino Family
Tom and Meg Stallard

$1,000 to $9,999

Barry and Sharon Munowitch
Becky King and Terry Chiffolo
Betty Gould
Betty and James Woo
Bill Weisgerber and Gina Daleiden
Brian and Louanne Horsfield
Brian and Stephanie Rubinstein
Camille Chan
Carol Rosset and Sergei Shurkin
Christine Taylor
Davis Schulze
David Nakano and Nancy Cronheim
Deborah Maddux and Jim Cahalan
Dee Hartzog
Dennis and Mara Lindsay
Eric Miller and Emily Klockenkemper
Gayle and Mike Murray
James and Sharon Coulter
Jennifer Thayer
Manny and Debbie Carbahal
Mariani Nut Company
Michael and Mabel Reynolds
Pat English
Penny Howard
Robert and Cathryn Kerr
Robert and Sandy Lorber
Steven DeWall Family Fund
Tom and Shirley Barth
Trish and Matt Bosco
Victoria Smith and Steve McMahon
Wilbur Ellis
Will and Sara Pro
Waheeda and Mohammad Yusufzai

Thank you to our Board of Directors, Brighter Tomorrows’ Cabinet and Honorary Committee, and friends and supporters in the community who have donated to the campaign.

Campaign Brochure

For children. For families. For our community.


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Brighter Tomorrows Capital Campaign
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Campaign Leadership

Campaign Cabinet

Jane Eadie
Campaign Chair

Trish Bosco 
Friends of Yolo Crisis Nursery

Kim Eichorn
Lyon Real Estate

Dr. Ginger Joyce 
Sutter Health (Retired)

Heidy Kellison 
First 5 Yolo

Dennis Lindsay 
Nugget Markets, Inc (Retired)

John Lindsey 
Law Offices of John Lindsey

Dr. Samrina Marshall
Clinical Faculty, Pediatrics – UC Davis Medical Center 

Bill Weisgerber 
City of Davis Fire Chief (Retired)

Dr. Mohammad Yusufzai 
Auburn, Carmichael & Rancho Cordova Medical Clinics

JoEllen Welsch
Yolo Crisis Nursery Immediate-Past President (Ex-officio) 

Becky Heard 
YCN Director of Development and Community Relations (Ex-officio) 

Honorary Committee

Cecilia Aguiar-Curry
CA State Assembly

Wade Cowan
Mayor, City of Winters

Gina Daleiden
Executive Director, First 5 Yolo

Martha Guerrero
Mayor, West Sacramento

Laura Heintz
CEO, Stanford Youth Solutions + Sierra Forever Families

Betsy Marchand
Yolo County Supervisor (Retired)

LeShelle May
UC Davis

Gloria Partida
Mayor, City of Davis

Jim Provenza
Supervisor, Yolo County 

Tom Stallard
Mayor, City of Woodland

Helen Thomson
CA State Assembly (Retired)

Lois Wolk
CA State Senate (Retired)

How Can I Help?

Your contribution to the to the Brighter Tomorrows Campaign  helps Yolo Crisis Nursery save and transform lives.  It gives us the capacity to meet the growing needs of our community’s at-risk children and families.  With your compassion and support, we can create brighter tomorrows in Yolo County.

For more information about Brighter Tomorrows and how you can donate or volunteer for the campaign, contact Becky Heard at