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Feb 17

Written by: Crisis Nursery
2/17/2016 2:26 PM  RssIcon

Construction of Crisis Nursery’s expansion is expected to be completed ahead of schedule in late March, despite $285,000 of state funding being frozen indefinitely after years of delays. Two $200,000 grants were award to Crisis Nursery for expansion in 2009 by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), but the first payout wasn’t received until five years later in June 2014. In May 2015, Crisis Nursery announced they had raised $1.15 million of the $1.4 million needed for the building expansion and were on track to meet the April 2016 grant contract deadline. The DCEO grants were to cover 29% of the cost of the building.


One month later, the Nursery was notified that the grants were suspended until further notice due to the uncertainty of the State’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget. Crisis Nursery’s Board of Directors voted to proceed with the expansion despite the status of the grants because of the continued dire need for the Nursery’s services in the community. “During the years waiting for the first grant payout, turnaways due to capacity increased exponentially, from less than 35 instances in 2009 to nearly 600 by 2014,” said Crisis Nursery’s Executive Director Stephanie Record. “This is a problem we couldn’t ignore any longer, necessitating the capital campaign to build a facility large enough to meet demand. These families often have no support systems and nowhere else to turn when we are unable to help.”

A contractor was selected in August 2015 and groundbreaking occurred in October. Nursery turnaways remained high in 2015 and into the New Year. “Since the budget stalemate began, we’ve seen an increase in calls from families who have been negatively affected by the loss of other services in the community,” said Record. “Seven months ago, the Nursery’s Board was hopeful that a budget would be passed quickly and that the grants would be reinstated, but that hasn’t happened yet. We are on schedule to fulfill our end of the grant contract by April 2016 and it is frustrating that our state’s leadership cannot come to an agreement, pass a budget, and restore funding to the important agencies that serve our communities.”

Crisis Nursery will not receive the remaining payout if the grants are not re-appropriated by the General Assembly before the project is finished. “We’ve raised $1.31 million as of today, 93% of our goal, if we receive the remaining funds from DCEO. Unfortunately if the grants aren’t re-appropriated in time, we potentially won’t be able to hire the staff needed to increase our capacity right away, meaning that turnaways may remain high in 2016,” said Record. “The Nursery will need to take out a mortgage while we continue fundraising to make up the difference. Despite this setback, we will do everything we can to make sure the Nursery is available for families when they need it in the future.” Renovations will occur in the existing facility after construction of the expansion is finished in March. The entire project will be completed by midsummer 2016.

Crisis Nursery creates an “Island of Safety” dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect by providing 24-hour emergency care for children and support to strengthen families in crisis. For more information, Stephanie can be reached at 217-337-2731.

You can help! Please take a moment to contact the Governor and our legislators to share with them your concern about the lack of a state budget and how it is impacting Crisis Nursery and our expansion project.

Governor Bruce Rauner
Link to “Voice an Opinion”:
Link to “Assistance Request”:
- Springfield
Phone: 217-782-0244
- 207 State House
Springfield, IL 62706
- Chicago
Phone: 312-814-2121
- 100 W. Randolph, 16-100
Chicago, IL 60601

Senator Chapin Rose (Champaign County)
- Capitol Office
- M-103F State House
Springfield, IL 62706
- Champaign County Office
(217) 607-1853
- 510 S. Staley Rd., Ste. D
Champaign, IL 61822

Senator Scott Bennett (Champaign-Urbana)
- Champaign Office:
P. 217.355.5252
- 45 E. University, Ste. 206
Champaign, IL 61820
- Springfield Office:
P. 217.782.2507
- 218B State House
Springfield, IL 62706

Representative Chad Hayes (North Champaign County
- Springfield Office: 
(217) 782-4811
- 220-N Stratton Office Building
Springfield, IL 62706
- District Office: 
(217) 477-0104
- 7 E. Fairchild St.
Danville, IL 61832

Representative Carol Ammons (Champaign-Urbana)
- Springfield Office
(217) 558-1009
- 240A-W Stratton Office Building
Springfield, IL 62706
- District Office
(217) 531-1660
- 407 E. University Ave., Ste. A
Champaign, IL 61820

Representative Adam Brown (South Champaign County)
- Springfield Office:
(217) 782-8398
- 314 Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
- District Office:
(217) 607-5104
- 510 S. Staley, Ste. B
Champaign, IL 61822