LSS Crisis Nursery- Duluth
…safe children…strong families…healthy communities
Along with LSS Financial Counseling, the LSS Crisis Nursery in Duluth is another program of Lutheran Social Service that provides support to families in a crisis and safe care to children who range in age from infancy through 12 years. The mission of the Crisis Nursery is to prevent child abuse, keep children safe and support families.
- Crisis line
- Emergency overnight care
- Day care with licensed providers
- Clothing and baby supplies for families in need
The main reasons parents contact the Crisis Nursery is for emergency child care. Other reasons include medical or mental health issues, homelessness, job search and domestic violence. In family crisis situations, children are vulnerable; the Crisis Nursery provides a secure and caring safety net while supporting parents in better managing and learning from crisis situations.
Charlotte* was referred to the Crisis Nursery from the staff at a local shelter. She was new to the Duluth area and had recently left a domestic violence situation, leaving her as a single mother of a one-year-old and five-year-old. Unfortunately, she didn’t have friends or family in the area to offer her the support or help that she and her children need.
Charlotte was trying to get back on her feet to provide the life she wanted for her children. She called the Crisis Nursery because she had a list of tasks she wanted to accomplish to gain stability for her family, but they could not be done with her children in tow. The first round of meetings she had set up was to find housing and resources for her family. Later, she called because she had to go to court to work on getting child support for her children.
The Crisis Nursery was able to provide care for her two children for every appointment that she needed to attend. We would even offer her a few extra hours so she could have time to herself after her appointments since her life had been stressful and chaotic for quite a while, but Charlotte hurried to pick her children up immediately after every appointment. She was (and still is) focused on creating stability and consistency for her children.
The Crisis Nursery was able to help by giving Charlotte a safe place for her children to go and peace of mind knowing they were in good hands while she took care of getting their basic needs met. Not only did she thank us profusely for the help, she also made sure her children said thank you as well.
Charlotte is well on her way to being able to provide a good life for her family and now is on a waiting list for housing.
*name has been changed to honor our commitment to confidentiality
Support the work of the Crisis Nursery by enjoying a fun night out
You are invited to attend the 13th Annual Take Time for Kids Celebration. Enjoy a live and silent auction, hors d’oeuvre by Blackwoods, cash bar, and music by Breanne Marie and Evan Tepler. All proceeds benefit children and families in crisis who are served by the LSS Crisis Nursery and First Year Programs.
Take Time for Kids Celebration 2013
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
5:30pm – 9:00pm
231 E. Superior St.
Duluth, MN 55802
Admission is $35 in advance or $40 at the door.
The auction will feature many exciting items, including:
Bowling with Duluth’s own Mayor Don Ness
One hour sight seeing flight in a Cirrus plane
Adam Swanson painting
A chance for your child to do the weather on TV with Meteorologist Adam
A tour of the Senate & House Chambers at the MN State Capitol with state Senator Roger Reinert
And many more can be found on our facebook event page www.facebook.com/lss.crisisnursery
For more information, or if you have questions, contact Jessica Ollhoff at 218.529.2246 or Jessica.firstname.lastname@example.org.