A single mother of two young children receives a call in the middle of the night about her father being involved in a major car accident. The hospital informs her that he needs immediate surgery and as next of kin she needs to sign off for the procedure. She knows she won’t be able to properly make decisions for her father while also taking care of her kids, stressing her out even further. The mother remembers hearing about a crisis center called Crittenton and looks it up online. It’s exactly what she needs. She is able to drop her children off with peace of mind that they’re safe and is able to take care of her father’s medical needs.
Raising a family is a rewarding part of life, however unexpected circumstances can create difficulties in both parents and children's lives. Crittenton Centers' Crisis Nursery is a resource for families in the community to aid in these difficult times; providing over 30,000 hours of crisis care annually. The service offers respite care, crisis counseling, and support to families facing domestic violence issues, those needing additional parenting help through parenting classes, and allows parents to prioritize their mental health. The Crisis Nursery prevents child neglect and abuse by providing children a safe and nurturing environment during their stay. It takes the stress off parents' backs by giving them a helping hand that can be trusted and doesn’t become a financial burden in their already complicated situations.
“The Crisis Nursery has helped my family survive through many unsuspected emergencies. I don't know what I would do without them."- Crisis Nursery Patient
Help isn’t limited to one time only but provides ongoing care to families in need of the service for free if a resident of Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford counties. Emergencies can occur at any time and to ensure families always have assistance; the Crisis Nursery is open 24/7 365. Children are allowed to stay in the nursery for up to 72 hours depending on their situation.
The Crisis Nursery does it’s best at helping its community, but always welcomes further assistance with aiding families. You can make a difference by donating to the Crisis Nursery here! Crittenton Centers is extremely thankful for all contributions and support to the Crisis Center.