Crisis Nursery Saint Louis
Saving babies' lives..
keeping kids safe..
building strong families

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  • “We need to help prevent child abuse and neglect in any way we can, including equipping families with the resources
    St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger
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  • Then 1986
  • Now
  • We had one Crisis Nursery location.
  • We admitted 274 children.
  • 435 families received counseling and support services
  • Volunteers contributed 2,128 hours of care to children
  • The Crisis Nursery could only care for 7 children at one time.
  • The Crisis Nursery had a staff of 12.
  • We have five Crisis Nursery locations, seven Community Outreach Centers, and a Regional Administration Office.
  • We are admitting more than 6,800 children a year
  • More than 6,500 families receive support and counseling.
  • More than 28,000 hours are volunteered each year
  • The Crisis Nursery can care for 47 children at one time.
  • The Crisis Nursery has a dedicated staff of more than 100.
  • There are more than 38 Board members, more than 43 Advisory Board members, more than 200 members of the Best Friends group, and a Young Professionals Board with 30 members.

Saint Louis Crisis Nursery, committed to preventing child abuse, provides a 24-hour safe shelter and special care for children whose families are facing an emergency or crisis.

The effort to open the Saint Louis Crisis Nursery began in 1983 when the Junior League of Saint Louis (JLSL) instituted a research committee in the area of child abuse. They found and focused on the three most prevalent needs: networking, education and a crisis nursery.

In 1985, the JLSL made the development of a crisis nursery its primary goal. They secured Deaconess Hospital (now Forest Park Hospital) as the site for the Crisis Nursery. A United Way Research and Development Grant and a JLSL Grant were among the first sources for funds.

The Coalition of 100 Black Women joined the collaborative effort in February of 1986. They committed to providing educational resources to assist in structuring programs for children, training staff, participating on the Saint Louis Crisis Nursery's Board of Directors and developing a referral system.

On July 21, 1986, SLCN opened its doors for the first child. Due to the growing need in our community, SLCN began focusing efforts on opening a second facility. In May, 1991, the St. Louis Crisis Nursery North opened at Metropolitan Medical Center North and in June, 1992, Crisis Nursery Saint Charles opened in a house owned by and located next to Saint Joseph Health Center in Saint Charles. St. Louis Crisis Nursery North relocated to the grounds of Christian Hospital in August 1994.

2006 was a big year for the Nursery! A fourth Crisis Nursery location was opened located in St. Charles in partnership with the Community & Children's Resource Board of St. Charles County. Also in 2006, the Crisis Nursery opened two Outreach Centers - one in St. Charles County and one in St. Louis City.

In August 2008, the fifth Crisis Nursery opened in Wentzville. This location was built from the ground up and has maintained funding and assistance from: the CCRB, TR Hughes, & SSM-St. Joseph’s Wentzville. The Wentzville location services children and families from that surrounding area to include Lincoln County.

In 2010, the Crisis Nursery expanded bed space and moved our St. Louis City location funding from the CENTENE Foundation. The Centene Center can service up to 14 children per night.

Most recently, the Crisis Nursery partnered with Mercy Hospital to open up the Nursery's 9th Outreach Center in Jefferson County.  Our outreach centers provide services that help minimize stress, reduce isolation, and empower families to achieve goals that ensure stability and safety for their family by building upon existing family strengths.

SLCN quickly responds when crises occur in communities. In 1993, the Nursery opened a temporary expansion site in Saint Charles to respond to families affected by the flood. This site served families who needed time to evacuate, apply for assistance and deal with the lengthy "clean-up" process.  In the wake of tragic events in Ferguson in 2014, the Crisis nursery responded with increased crisis counseling, respite care for children and basic needs assistance to families living in the heart of the violent aftermath.  In 2017, the Crisis Nursery opened the Ferguson Outreach Center to continue providing empowerment activities to families in the region.  In addition, the Crisis Nursery instituted the multi-community Homeless Outreach Program and Latino Outreach Program.  These highly utilized programs provide critical assistance to vulnerable homeless and Latino families.

The SLCN is proactive in its approach to helping families overcome obstacles to maintaining family stability. The Parent Education Groups, Home Visits, Teen Parenting Groups, Art & Play Therapy Program, Holiday Hearts Campaign, School Supply Drive, Compassionate Care Program, Community Outreach, and Family Emergency Fund programs were developed in response to needs identified by families.

Vision Statement: The Saint Louis Crisis Nursery will continue to be recognized and acknowledged as the singular leader in the prevention of child abuse and neglect in the region through the provision of a safe haven for children and premiere services to families. The Saint Louis Crisis Nursery will increase and enhance services to children and families in crisis while ensuring fiscal sustainability.

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