May 26, 2024

Gratitude in Bloom – Honoring our Supporters

Thank you to our incredible community for your unwavering support. As May blossoms with sunshine and spring flowers, we reflect on the success of two pivotal events for the Yolo Crisis Nursery: The Big Day of Giving and our second annual Yolo Crisis Nursery Run for the Roses fundraiser.

These events raised crucial funds and heightened awareness of the needs of children and families in crisis in Yolo County.

The Big Day of Giving (BDOG), a regional day of generosity held annually on the first Thursday in May, saw an outpouring of support this year. We extend our deepest gratitude to everyone who contributed. Your kindness and generosity have helped children thrive and strengthened our community immeasurably. With over 200 donors coming together, this year marked the most successful BDOG yet for the Nursery.

We extend special thanks to our matching gift donors Michael and Mary Patricia Whelan-Miille, Jeanette Lejardi, Jerome H. Hart & Wanda S. Hart Fund, and an anonymous donor, for their invaluable contributions. Clark Pacific continued to be a philanthropic leader by encouraging new donors to join them in giving on the Big Day of Giving to Help Children Thrive.  Thank you, Clark Pacific! 

The Run for the Roses Kentucky Derby Fundraiser welcomed both new and familiar faces to an unforgettable event. Despite the weather and a last-minute venue change, the event was a resounding success.

We extend heartfelt appreciation to our sponsors, whose support was instrumental in making the event possible. Special thanks go to Windmill Vineyards, Muller Ag, Diane Makley, Dignity Health, Grow West, WECO and Bolton Insurance, Clark Pacific, F Street Dispensary, Jennifer L. Ward – Edward Jones, Pacific Coast Producers, River Fox Train, Sharon Schauer and Brodie Hamilton, Bob and Sandy Lorber and Let Me Know When Creations.

This spectacular event would not have been possible without our talented and generous planning committee, thank you for sharing your time and talents, Yolo County is a better place because of you. 

The funds raised from these events will support the Yolo Crisis Nursery’s early intervention safe stay program and wraparound services. Time-sensitive support can often be the lifeline for a child in crisis. The impact of our services is exemplified by the success stories of children like Milo.

“Hi, my name is Milo. At just 3 months old, I’ve already experienced a lot of trauma and stress. My mom and I are fleeing from domestic violence. My mother and I were saved but tragically, my 2-year-old brother is still in harm’s way.

“I’ll never forget the sound of my mom sobbing in the car in a Target parking lot from the physical abuse she endured, in front of me. A caring community member took swift action, calling for help to save both my mom’s life and mine. 

The Yolo Crisis Nursery staff came to our rescue. When we arrived at the Nursery, I received a warm bath and new clothes, as well as all the infant necessities like diapers and formula.

My mom and I are now safe. The Nursey helped us find a place at a local domestic violence shelter. The Nursery staff goes above and beyond to help us through this difficult journey, they take the best care of me when my mom has appointments or court hearings. I love it when the Nursery staff gives us a ride home, so we don’t have to endure the rain and cold of winter on public transportation.

Even though we are safe, we miss my brother terribly, leaving a huge void in our hearts as we await his return to us. My mom cries a lot at night because she misses my brother. I am so proud of my mom’s strength and determination to make a new and better life for us.”

The Yolo Crisis Nursery stands as a beacon of hope for families in their darkest moments. The services we provide are often the difference between despair and hope, between life and death. To our steadfast supporters and generous donors, we express our deepest gratitude. Your commitment is not only changing lives but also fortifying the fabric of our community.

On behalf of the entire Yolo Crisis Nursery team as well as the children, like Milo, and families we serve, we extend a heartfelt THANK YOU! To learn more about the Yolo Crisis Nursery or to explore opportunities for volunteering or donating, please visit www.yolocrisisnursery.org.

— This article was written by Heather Sleuter, the executive director of the Yolo Crisis Nursery, and originally appeared in the Davis Enterprise on May 26, 2024.