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Editor’s note: Lynn Woerner is executive director of KARE Crisis Nursery.
What is your mission statement?
To prevent child abuse and/or neglect, one child at a time.
What is your nonprofit’s history?
The idea to open a Crisis Nursery in Nevada County was formed 10 years ago by the Soroptimist International of Grass Valley, after hearing a presentation on the Crisis Nursery in Sacramento. After forming a board and gaining legal non profit status, KARE (which stands for “Kids’ Assistance and Respite in Emergencies) was able to purchase a home with the assistance of a block grant. We opened our doors in 2004, and have been serving families ever since.
Who is your primary audience?
Any child who is between birth and 6 years of age can come to the nursery if the family is falling on hard times. The children can stay for an hour or two, several hours, or up to 30 days and nights. Services are provided free of charge, and while the children are at the nursery, their parents are linked to resources to help them improve their living situations or help resolve whatever crisis or emergency they are facing. There are currently no crisis nurseries in Yuba or Placer Counties, so we help families in our area as well as neighboring counties.
Name your three biggest achievements in your nonprofit’s history.
1) Providing services to 453 children to date (more than 17,000 hours of service) 2) Purchasing and maintaining a home and yard, and 3) Providing Christmas and birthday celebrations to children and their families.
Name your three biggest challenges in your nonprofit’s history.
1) Funding – keeping the nursery funded in times of decreased resources. 2) Staffing – The one thing we know about crisis’ and emergencies is that they are not predictable, so our staff needs to be available at a moment’s notice! 3) Trying to ensure that these families have access to all the resources needed to move forward.
Name your No. 1 short-term goal.
Encourage folks to join our KARE Partner family.
Name your No. 1 long-term goal.
To become fully sustainable and able to continue to offer all the services needed by the children and families in our community!
If a community member is interested in your organization, what is the best way they can help?
Contact us through our website: http://www.karecrisisnursery.org
What are your major fundraisers?
Coming up on Saturday, Oct. 16 – An evening on the Bear River – gala dinner and costume fashion show and auction. It should be extremely entertaining. We also will be hosting the Karibean Kasino Night next April.
Office: (530) 265-0693
KARE Crisis Nursery
P.O. Box 2080
Grass Valley, CA 95945
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