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Author: Crisis Nursery Created: 1/25/2011 5:48 PM
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By Crisis Nursery on 7/5/2011 1:36 PM
“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” -Frederick Douglass
By Crisis Nursery on 4/26/2011 10:21 AM
For families fleeing domestic violence, Crisis Nursery is vital. Or maybe, you need to find an apartment, but you can't until you get a job, which you can't do until you find childcare. With no friends or family here to help with the kids, how will you even look for a job?  Will anyone hire you if you come to the interview with three children in tow? Crisis Nursery is here to help!
By Crisis Nursery on 4/15/2011 9:01 AM
“You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give.”
-- Winston Churchill
By Crisis Nursery on 4/11/2011 8:13 AM
On Monday, April 4, over 100 volunteers showed up at the Nursery at lunchtime.  I saw older people, college students, a young mother and her three children, social service workers – all volunteers taking time to show solidarity and support for Crisis Nursery as a kickoff to Child Abuse Prevention Month.
By Crisis Nursery on 4/6/2011 10:02 AM
With the Illinois budget crisis it’s easy to lose sight of the mission of an organization. You see budget items being cut and percentage decreases and your head begins to spin. But here at the Nursery, it hits harder than just numbers and percentages.
By Crisis Nursery on 3/11/2011 3:10 PM
We are only half way through fiscal year 2011 and yet the talks of next year's annual budget have already begun.  Budgeting for any not-for-profit agency is a mind-boggling adventure, and here at Crisis Nursery, it is no different.
By Crisis Nursery on 3/1/2011 10:49 AM
I can’t believe it's been three months since our administrative staff was packed in the conference room like sardines while our offices were being made over.  My new space is starting to take shape, and I have to say I really enjoy my view.  I now overlook the Safe Children’s Program floor, and am getting the chance to witness more interactions between volunteers and children (which is great!). 

Fridays are always busy days at the Nursery.  On this particular Friday morning, we had a full house before volunteers were available.  I sat out with two Children Specialists for awhile and watched them work their magic, each with children in their arms.  Seeing them work together as a team was like watching a perfectly choreographed dance.  The emotional state on the floor was calm and serene, which isn’t always easy to achieve.  All the while, both were tending to the needs of each child and making sure they felt safe.  It was truly inspiring.

Later that day, I was sitting at my desk working on a January...
By Crisis Nursery on 2/14/2011 8:49 AM
With the cold, blistery weather of February also comes heart shaped candies, valentines and a lot of talk about love. I was never much of a believer in love at first sight, but if you spend one day at the Nursery, you realize that love is around every child who comes to stay with us. We have several very dedicated male volunteers who come in each week to romp with the kids, play with the trains, and yes, even rock babies. One day my friend and co-worker Kristen (Bosch) called me over to look out onto the childcare floor; she was so excited I expected to see something amazing and I was not disappointed. There was a volunteer, who also happened to be a U of I athlete, rocking the smallest baby girl and singing the song “Sweet Caroline” to her. I think my heart melted into the floor. To see this strong, grown man gently cradling this small child, looking into her eyes and singing this song to her was one of the most magical, moving moments of my time here at Crisis Nursery. Here at the Nursery, you can definitely...
By Crisis Nursery on 2/9/2011 3:58 PM
It's easy for us to take our families for granted.  Most of us are surrounded by parents, siblings, aunts and uncles, grandparents, all of whom are an integral part of our lives and available to provide support throughout the trials and traumas everyone faces at one time or another.

Think of the thousands of little ways your family impacts your life.  Now imagine growing up as a victim of child abuse and neglect.  You've been taken from your family for your own safety and spend your childhood moving from foster home to foster home, or living in a residential children's home.  Upon turning eighteen, you are out on your own. When you have a child of your own, you feel ill-prepared to parent, having no model to follow.  Why is the baby crying so much?  What's normal?  How do you discipline?  What is a family life supposed to look like?  Where most people have a mother or aunt or grandmother to call with questions or concerns, to give advice, to reassure, an adult child of abuse is utterly alone.

By Crisis Nursery on 1/25/2011 6:04 PM
Crisis Nursery is a happy place. I am constantly amazed at the kids that come through our doors and their ability to cope with a family crisis. There have been many days that I have laughed out loud by a child’s funny statement or wild dress up costume. A few weeks ago I laughed out loud at both. I walked into the kitchen to get a glass of water and there was a little boy who was dressed up in our dragon costume. If you have never seen this amazing dragon costume, you are missing out. It is complete with a dragon head hood and tail and never fails to make me smile. This particular little boy was trying his hardest to peel a banana, to no avail. The wonderful volunteer who was sitting next to him asked him if he would like help with it. The little boy answered so confidently, “No thanks, dragons peel their own bananas”.

Now, whenever I am doing a challenging task and feel like giving up and throwing in the towel, I am reminded of this little boy and inevitably I find myself whispering to myself (much to the confusion of my coworkers) “No Erika, dragons peel their own bananas”.  These brave little people who come through the doors of Crisis Nursery inspire me every day.