Crisis Nursery has meant everything to me over the past year. After the birth of my child, I felt extremely overwhelmed and was battling postpartum depression. My family specialist was able to arrange for my kids to come for a weekly respite at the Nursery so that I was able to take care of myself and get the medical attention that I needed. It has been great to have someone come to my house and spend time with me. Last year, our family really struggled with issues of unemployment, financial stress and postpartum depression. We didn’t have one crisis, we had many. I am so thankful that Crisis Nursery was there to hold my hand.
I have dealt with some difficult times in my life and lost custody of my two older children to DCFS. However, in the past two years, I have been able to turn my life around and have been working very hard to get my two older children back from DCFS custody. They are currently in the process of transitioning back to my full time care. Crisis Nursery has been one of the biggest supporters in helping me reach my goal of reuniting with my two children. I am thankful for all the help that I receive from the Nursery.
I worked hard as a single mother to raise my own two children with little help from my ex-husband, so when I found myself raising my two grandchildren with little resources or support, I was at a complete loss. When I found myself needing to take care of things for which my grandson could not be present, my case worker at Family Service referred me to Crisis Nursery. I had no idea of all of the other ways the Nursery could help my family and I. Providing diapers for my grandson has been a great help, as I am on a fixed income. Having someone to talk to really kept my spirits up. With Crisis Nursery on my side, I no longer feel like I am in this alone. I know that if there is something I need, I only have to ask. The relationship I have with Crisis Nursery means the world to me and I am so thankful for it.
I first came into contact with Crisis Nursery after the birth of my child, who unexpectedly came two months early. Needless to say I was completely overwhelmed with this tiny premature baby and two older children under the age of 5 who were constantly demanding my attention. My husband farms and I was home alone with all three children every day. I called the Nursery after my doctor at Provena told me about the services. A family specialist, Ann, called me back the same day and that week I began attending support and playgroups. Ann and the other moms made me feel like I was not alone. The respite hours I earned by attending groups helped me feel alive again. I don’t know if I could have done it without them.
I started working with a Crisis Nursery family specialist, Jennifer, when she came to my school. She helped me get the support and education I needed so I could be a better parent to my son. I look forward to our visits. Sometimes we do developmental screenings with my son. We also talk about ways that I can handle my stress. When you are a young mom trying to go to school and be a parent, life can be really stressful. I am going to graduate from high school and be terrific mom because of Jennifer and Crisis Nursery.