April 28, 2024

Help Children Thrive for BDOG

The Yolo Crisis Nursery was founded after a foster teen named Arty asked a poignant question. He asked “Why didn’t anyone help my mom when I was little? If they had, maybe we could be together now.” 

Arty’s words still resonate today. Nationwide, 1 in 7 children experienced child abuse or neglect last year. Yolo County is not immune: since 2001, the Crisis Nursery has been a lifeline for almost 9,000 children under 5 — and their families — facing dire situations.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and research shows that parental stress is nearly always a factor in abuse cases. Poverty is one of the leading causes of family stress and Yolo County is in the highest bracket of poverty in the State of California with nearly 20% of families living in poverty, >25% higher than the state average (source:https://www.ppic.org/interactive/california-poverty-by-county-and-legislative-district). 

Fortunately, the Yolo Crisis Nursery is a crucial piece of the safety net in Yolo County providing nearly 3,000 safe stays and over 5,200 care packages last year alone. Crisis Nursery staff support, educate, and empower parents to create lasting change in their families so that their children can thrive. The Nursery’s programs not only offer immediate protection but also strive to break the cycle of abuse and neglect across generations.

These numbers are powerful, but the stories truly illustrate the Nursery’s impact on children and families. Jessica is a Yolo Crisis Nursery mom who is determined to become the best parent she can be for her children. Jessica found the Nursery when she was on her road to recovery and had just reunified with her children. To deepen her bond with her children, Jessica voluntarily completed the Nursery’s 10-week ABC program. The ABC program is an evidence based, in-home program to help parents and children develop a deep, lasting and positive relationship. 

The Nursery has become a second home to Jessica’s children ages 2 and 3 years old. They adore their teachers. The children work with developmental and behavioral therapists on-site at the Nursery and then the Nursery staff incorporate the lessons into the kids’ daily childcare routine. This led to both Jessica’s children achieving multiple developmental milestones. 

Jessica is currently employed fulltime, but she aspires to build her career beyond her current position. The Nursery staff coached her and assisted her with her resume, cover letters, mock interviews and even provided clothes for job interviews.  

Following addiction and long-term recovery Jessica is strong and sober. She said: “The Nursery has supported me in ways I never imagined. From transportation and childcare to essential needs like food, clothing, and diapers — they’ve been there for us every step of the way.” She further elaborated: “I am dedicated to providing for my family, knowing that our best days are ahead. The Nursery’s assistance has been invaluable; I am so grateful, thank you.” 

On Thursday, May 2, the Sacramento regional community will come together for the Big Day of Giving: BDOG — A 24-hour movement — and opportunity for generosity – to rally around our local nonprofits. We humbly ask for your support. 

For nearly a quarter-century, the Yolo Crisis Nursery has provided overnight respite care for children under 5 during crises like domestic violence, homelessness, and sudden job loss. With our wraparound approach, we’ve prevented 98% of families from being referred to Child Protective Services. The Nursery is dedicated to nurturing strong, stable homes and ensuring families heal and thrive. Please join us in our mission to keep families intact and resilient by donating today.  

Every gift makes a difference. Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, Jeanette Lejardi, and Michael Miille and Mary Patricia Whelan-Miille, now is a great time to give because the first $20,000 in Big Day of Giving donations to the Yolo Crisis Nursery will be matched dollar-for-dollar! 

You can schedule your gift now by visiting our website at www.yolocrisisnursery.org or by mailing a check to 1107 Kennedy Place, Suite 5, Davis, CA 95616, or you can donate online on May 2! We thank you for helping children and families in Yolo County to thrive.