Bay Area Crisis Nursery event, Saturday, November 15
The Bay Area Crisis Nursery, which provides temporary housing for kids whose parents are in crisis, is holding its gala fundraiser Saturday night at the Diablo Country Club.
The Concord nonprofit provides loving, homelike residential care for up to 26 kids, from newborn to 12 years old. It is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year, and its services are free. Some 100 volunteers help provide care.
The kids can stay for up to 30 days while their parents deal with a variety of challenges, says Development Manager Sandy Hathaway. These parents include single moms or dads who are suddenly jobless or homeless and need someone to look after their kids while they focus on finding work and a new place to live. Sometimes, the mom or dad is dealing with a serious physical or mental illness or needs to go into recovery for drug or alcohol abuse.
“It might be a single mom with three little toddlers and she’s living in a homeless shelter,” Hathaway says. “She needs to keep appointments for job interviews or to contact agencies to help her find housing. If she can spend a concentrated amount of time dealing with those issues, her chances of success are greater.”
The No. 1 mission of the 27-year-old nonprofit nursery is to prevent child abuse, Hathaway says. Over the years, it has had 18,000 admissions. It also doesn’t determine whether different challenges rise to the level of “crisis,” Hathaway says. “If people say they’re in crisis,” she says. “We accept that. We’re very non-judgmental.”
Moreover, the nursery, the only facility of its kind in the Bay Area, doesn’t turn people away on the basis of income or geography. One time, a single professional woman arrived in the East Bay and needed a place for her children to stay while she looked for a home.
Last year’s fall gala raised $25,000 for the nursery. This year’s gala, which includes dinner and an auction, takes place 6 to 9 p.m. at the Diablo Country Club. Tickets are $95 per person. For tickets and information, go to www.bacn.info.