The year’s end is always a good time for reflection. As we turn our attention to 2014, we have good news to share in the context of the Yolo Crisis Nursery’s annual report.
Drawn from data covering July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013, the report is chock-full of data where established goals were met and exceeded. Given how difficult it can be to operate successfully in the midst of life’s most serious crisis, this is impressive work.
For those who need a refresher, the Yolo Crisis Nursery serves families with children from birth through age 5 who are experiencing life crisis or high levels of stress. The nursery provides overnight care, emergency day respite and subsidized child care in a caring and nurturing, family-like home.
As little ones are most at risk of child abuse and neglect when trying circumstances threaten families, this service truly prevents abuse.
How do we know?
Consider this: During every quarter within this past reporting period, a whopping 96 percent of families did not become clients of Child Protective Services. This success saves taxpayer funds both in the short term and long term. It also saves families.
When children are in our care, we are not merely temporary caretakers. Qualified staff assist parents and guardians with crisis resolution. Most often, this involves connecting previously isolated people to resources such as housing, employment, day care and medical/mental health services.
How did we perform in this area, you ask? Outcomes show overwhelming utilization of provided referrals.
Asking clients to rate their stress upon intake and again at discharge is one way we measure stress reduction. About 75 percent described decreases while only 4 percent said they experienced increased levels.
Our community supports the nursery all year long. As you gather with loved ones this holiday season, I hope you will take pride in the fact that your efforts allow families who might not have made it to do the same.
— Becky Heard is a Friend of the Yolo Crisis Nursery. Her column is published monthly.