On the final weekend of our One Child-One Day campaign to save the Yolo Crisis Nursery, retailer Mother & Baby Source hosted an informational table, giving a percentage of the day’s proceeds to our efforts. A whopping $1,200 was raised, but there was one contribution that surpassed even this generous amount.
It was one of our longest-serving volunteers who greeted customers that day, so being the recipient of the gift was especially meaningful.
A woman passing by hadn’t intended to stop, but when she read the YCN sign and saw the photos, she had an intensely personal reaction. Placing her hands over her heart, she took a deep breath and said, “They saved my life!”
About a decade ago, this single mom arrived in Davis with young children. She was addicted to drugs at the time. As much as she craved a new start, she didn’t know where to turn. Yet like so many others, she found her way to YCN.
She needed rehabilitation and a safe place for her children during her treatment. YCN provided the medical reference as well as a homelike setting with loving care for her little ones. Staff remained connected to the woman throughout her crisis and stayed in contact afterward to ensure that all necessary supports remained intact.
The woman has been sober for nine years.
Nearly in tears, she finished her visit with a powerful gesture. Having the joy of a stable family and long after requiring services, she donated the cash she had so that others could be supported through similar hardships.
Nursery services can be characterized as costly, but the price we pay where nurseries don’t exist is enormous. Thankfully, our community understands this.
So many have given an incredible amount of support to keep our doors open at least through the end of this year. We are working hard to extend services into 2015.
A new host agency must be secured, but while we await this decision, it’s not too early to express our extreme gratitude on behalf of every child and family who will be served in the coming months. After all, if not for you, the nursery would have closed in June.
While we pursue new leadership, we must ask a little more of you. Please keep the nursery in your hearts and minds, sending positive energy through whatever method you choose. Your good wishes are needed more than ever.
— Becky Heard is past president of Friends of the Yolo Crisis Nursery. Her column publishes monthly. For more information, visit www.friendsofycn.org