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n Success story Saving Families, one child at a time YOLO CRISIS NURSERY PROVIDES A SAFE, TEMPORARY HOME FOR CHILDREN DURING FAMILY CRISIS 112 CAPITAL REGION CARES 2017 | BY Cherise Henry PHOTOS: Kelly Barr K aren Adams, Yolo Crisis Nurs- ery board member and interim coordinator of marketing and communications, tells a story about a woman named Mi- chelle. Michelle was about to give birth to her second child and, having recently fled her abusive husband, brought her 4-year-old son to Yolo Crisis Nursery for 24-hour care during her hospitalization. She later returned to the hospital to treat severe complications from her labor and delivery, at which time the nursery took in both of her children to provide respite care, and helped to find Michelle a job and housing. Once employed, her new wages didn’t cover childcare for two chil- dren, so she qualified for ongoing care in the nursery’s specialized infant program and preschool. Today, Michelle and her young fam- ily are thriving, thanks in large part to the nursery — a nonprofit organization that provides a safe, temporary home for children during times of extreme family crisis. The nursery offers a cozy three-bed- room home in Davis that can accommo- date four children, up to age 5, overnight and 12 during the day. Trained support staff, with smiles and hugs on-the-ready, are onsite 24/7 for children and families in need. Adams says what makes the nursery unique in California is that it holds three licenses: crisis and respite care, infant day care (ages 0-2) and preschool (ages 3-5). The nursery can therefore care for children of families in immediate cri- sis, and continue to provide ongoing