November 26, 2023

Double your Donation for Giving Tuesday

Growing up in a safe, stable and loving home should be a right not a privilege for every child. 

The longstanding connection between economic instability, child poverty, and an elevated risk of child maltreatment emphasizes the critical importance of the Yolo Crisis Nursery’s work in our community. Inflation is disrupting the daily lives of working families, rendering basic necessities such as food, clothing, shelter and transportation, seemingly unattainable.

The escalating prices, with a box of diapers now reaching $50 and formula priced at $45, pose significant challenges for working families struggling to meet their financial obligations. The Yolo Crisis Nursery distributed over 5,200 care packages last year, underscoring the urgent need in our community. 

No matter the source, stress and trauma have profound effects on children’s health, development, and ability to learn. The trauma-informed care team at the Yolo Crisis Nursery provide early intervention services to help create transformative changes ensuring a healthier lifelong trajectory for the children we serve. 

The most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimate that nationally 1 in 7 children experienced child abuse and or neglect in the last year. Unfortunately, the youngest children are most vulnerable. Yolo County is not immune to the lasting and damaging effects of child abuse. 

Giving Tuesday will illuminate our lives on November 28th and we ask you to be a beacon of light and hope for local children and families. They need your help. Our Giving Tuesday goal is to raise $60,000 by 11:59 PM on November 28th. Reaching our goal will provide:

  • 200 – Safe stays for vulnerable children
  • 600 – Warm and nutritious meals
  • 200 – Care packages with essentials

Your gift will help children grow, heal, and thrive offering a brighter future to local families in need. If you are able, please join us and donate today at www.yolocrisisnursery.org

It is a wonderful time to give because the impact of your contribution will be doubled, thanks to our generous donors—The Brattesani Family Charitable Fund, Andrew and Thea Minsk, Ginger Joyce and Oliver Stanton, and one anonymous donor all Giving Tuesday donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $30,000. This magnifies your kindness to reach more children and families in need. 

Let me share a story about Baby Sierra, who recently celebrated her 1-month birthday while at the Yolo Crisis Nursery. Sierra’s mother found herself temporarily unable to care for her newborn at only two weeks old but had no one to turn to.

Our loving and trained staff worked with mom to establish concrete goals so that mom would soon have the tools to take care of Sierra. Today, Baby Sierra is thriving, and mom is getting the help she needs to be the best mother she can be. 

Too often a story like Baby Sierra’s doesn’t have a happy ending. Parenting is hard, even under the best of circumstances, and for those among us without resources, or a support network, parenting can feel impossible. When this happens, the child can suffer the consequences. The Yolo Crisis Nursery exists so that no child ever has to suffer.

Since opening in 2001, the Nursery has helped over 8,750 children and their families. A former client recently shared, “The Yolo Crisis Nursery is an amazing resource in our community. I am now able to provide a safe and stable home for my family. I am living proof of the great impact the Yolo Crisis Nursery can have on a family in need.”

With support from the Nursery, thousands of parents, just like this one and Sierra’s Mom, have secured employment, permanent housing, and the parenting skills to help their children thrive.

The Nursery’s programs and services keep children safe and healthy while providing parents with the support and resources to manage and overcome the underlying problems that brought them to us. This distinctive, welcoming approach addresses the root causes of child abuse, neglect, and the fragility of families in crisis.

This approach has had a powerful outcome: Since opening in 2001, 98% of families referred to the Nursery from Child Welfare Services remained intact and did not have their child removed. 

Every child has the right to grow up in a safe, stable, and loving home. We are so grateful to all our loyal supporters, advocates, and donors, we could not reach as many children without your dedication, thank you. If you are interested in further supporting us through your time, talents, or a donation, please visit https://yolocrisisnursery.org/ for more information.

— This article was written by Jeremy Higgins is the vice president of Yolo Crisis Nursery. It originally appeared in the Davis Enterprise on November 26, 2023.