Get Involved: A Safe Haven
Saint Louis Crisis Nursery works to prevent child abuse and protect our community’s youngest citizens.
Dianne Mueller is certain she has the best job in the world. The Chief Executive Officer says that even after 16 years with the Saint Louis Crisis Nursery, she is just as passionate about her work and her organization as the first day she began. “Aside from working with boards, budgets, strategic planning and committees,” Mueller says, “I get to hold babies and talk to moms in crisis, and I love that.” The Saint Louis Crisis Nursery’s team of passionate volunteers and motivated staff have been committed to the prevention of child abuse and neglect since the nonprofit opened its doors to its first child in 1986. In 2009, the organization cared for over 7,000 children.
Helping Families in crisis.
SLCN assists families experiencing overwhelming parental stress, domestic violence, illness, death or a lack of resources by providing emergency intervention, respite care and support. The Nursery provides short-term care in a safe, nurturing environment for youngsters, helps families resolve crises, offers parent education and support, strives for community outreach and awareness and acts as an advocate for children and families.
The Nursery’s immediate intervention measures save children’s lives, but the help doesn’t stop there. SLCN offers follow-up, in-home support to families through its Family Empowerment Program, which helps families continue to work on their goals and keep children safe. Mueller says one of the organization’s goals is to return children to their homes, and the Family Empowerment Program is vital in achieving that end.
Volunteerism is Key
Because SLCN operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, volunteerism is vital to the organization’s mission. With five nursery locations, two outreach centers and an administration office, there is an abundance of volunteer opportunities at SLCN. “Within the nursery, many hands are needed, from rocking babies and playing with toddlers, to laundry and yard work,” says Ebonee F. Shaw, Development Coordinator at SLCN. “Everything it takes to run a normal house-hold is needed to make a nursery fully operational.”
Get involved with SLCN’s Best Friends group, an auxiliary organization that helps fundraise, support and promote the Nursery. Other volunteer opportunities include answering phones, data entry and event planning. Groups or workplaces can host supply drives, sponsor SLCN events or make donations. “Our donors allow us to carry out our mission,” says Mueller. “I am constantly amazed at the generosity this community has toward children.”
For more info on how you can get involved with Saint Louis Crisis Nursery, log on to crisisnurserykids.org.
Saint Louis Crisis Nursery urges you to get involved
Photo credit: Photo courtesy of St. Louis crisis nursery.