Wednesday, October 1, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Yolo Crisis Nursery: Dispelling the myths of need

By
From page A4 | September 19, 2012 |

By Becky Heard and Heather Jeppeson

As Friends of the Yolo Crisis Nursery, we field a number of questions from the community about our clients, their emergencies and outcomes. Without a doubt, many of our clients suffer extreme hardship few of us can imagine.

Scenarios about parenting while escaping domestic violence, enduring sudden homelessness and facing fatal medical conditions are so severe, it’s tempting, even for us, to create comfortable mental barriers, believing these situations are unlikely to be part of our personal fate.

Of course, we know this isn’t true; tragedy is part of life. But in order to have a stronger grasp on the nursery’s mission, sometimes it’s helpful to learn and be reminded about some of the less acute experiences that might lead someone to seek services.

In this way, we can be more deeply connected to a resource for our community (now in its second decade of service) that has helped thousands avoid child abuse and neglect and work through life’s bumpy roads.

Here’s an example:

A seemingly happy family (father, mother and 2-year-old girl) was suddenly ripped apart when the mother decided she could no longer cope with the responsibilities of raising a family. Dad, in his final month of graduate school, knew the demands of school, employment and child rearing were taking a toll on him and his wife, but he thought they would work through it, especially when relief was in sight.

Without warning, Dad, who already was working part-time and studying around the clock to finish his degree, became a full-time parent. Since they had moved to Davis strictly for school, there was no accessible family support.

Believing he had only one option, Dad contacted UC Davis to withdraw from the program, just weeks shy of his degree.

In the midst of processing his request, a staff member decided to probe further into Dad’s plight. And, as luck and grace would have it, the individual knew about the Yolo Crisis Nursery.

That very afternoon, the little girl began a 30-day stay at the nursery, reuniting with Dad for a time each day. Their modest income continued and, most importantly, graduate school would not have to wait, or worse, fade away forever.

There’s no question that it’s horrendous to be abandoned by a family member. We know it took a great deal of strength for this tiny family to move on without a wife and mother. But in the context of the life-threatening conditions we wrote about earlier, this is a more relatable heartbreak.

None of us is immune from misfortune, but the worst time to be tested is when our children are young, dependent and vulnerable.

We never know when our current capacity will shift to incapacity — a time when we will be the ones needing help. We simply know that such a change is inevitable.

That’s why, if you’re currently able, we ask you to support the Yolo Crisis Nursery by attending the Sunrise Rotary Club’s Oktoberfest on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Davis Farmers Market Pavilion in Central Park, Fourth and C streets. Tickets are available at www.davisrotary.org.

To help sustain the nursery with a regular financial contribution, please call 530-758-6680.

You can help

What: Oktoberfest presented by Davis Sunrise Rotary, featuring German sausages, Sudwerk beer, polka music and dancing

When: 6-9 p.m. Saturday

Where: Davis Farmers Market Pavilion, Fourth and C streets

Tickets: $25 each, available at www.davisrotary.org

Benefits: Yolo Crisis Nursery and NAMI-Yolo, the National Alliance on Mental Illness

— Becky Heard and Heather Jeppeson are co-presidents of Friends of the Yolo Crisis Nursery. Their column is published monthly.

Comments

comments

Special to The Enterprise

.

News

Jury: Marsh legally sane during murders

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Undocumented Student Center offers help to immigrants

By Julia Ann Easley | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Rairdan supports more inquiry-based learning

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Standing In: Don’t write? I may as well stop breathing

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A2

 
Woodland man convicted in domestic violence case

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

Apply soon to be a Master Gardener

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

 
‘Edible City’ discussion planned

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
TSA bomb training may be noisy

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Katehi will address Rotarians on Monday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Mondavi Center hosts all-star lineup of classical, jazz, dance and more

By Enterprise staff | From Page: C3 | Gallery

Willett students sensitized to those who are different

By Maria Clayton | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
Friends of the Library host biggest book sale of the year

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Give blood and get a free movie ticket

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Pedal around Davis on weekly bike ride

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
AIM testing dates set this fall, winter

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A4

Tour Honey Bee Haven on Friday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Woodland City Cemetery tours planned

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
 
‘ADHD — Myth or Reality’ addressed at UCD talk

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Quotes from the Marsh double-murder trial

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
UCD athletics have break-from-work entertainment for everyone

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: C5 | Gallery

Quad abuzz with students

By Tanya Perez | From Page: A7 | Gallery

 
Wetlands visitors may see ducks arriving

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A10 | Gallery

Boy Scouts host family event in park

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A10

 
How did the Aggies get their name?

By Enterprise staff | From Page: C12

.

Forum

Hey, it’s free childcare …

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

 
Will you open your heart, and your home?

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

 
The right vote for education

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

Just what Davis schools need

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

 
Tom Meyer cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6

Nolan’s a calm voice of reason

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

 
.

Sports

DHS girls tennis team tames Lions

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Devil girls play dynamite pool defense

By Spencer Ault | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Davis volleyballers finish strong at Franklin

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

 
Hard-working Blue Devil boys get a water polo win

By Spencer Ault | From Page: B1 | Gallery

A’s fall as AL wild-card game lives up to its name

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Legacy roundup: Milliennium takes Manteca tournament

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2

AYSO roundup: Beans, Capay can’t shake each other in U19 play

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
Alliance roundup: Los Azules, Italia win tourneys

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3 | Gallery

Sports briefs: Real Salt Lake has too much for Republic

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B8

 
.

Features

From the ground up: Rediscovering classic cheesecake

By Ann Evans | From Page: A10 | Gallery

 
.

Business

.

Obituaries

Leonard D. Blackford

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
Anne Elizabeth Elbrecht

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

.

Comics

Comics: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

By Creator | From Page: A8