$2.5M giveaway kicks off campaign for new Yolo Crisis Nursery facility – Daily Democrat

Yolo Crisis Nursery announced a $2.5 million principal donation from Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation at an event earlier this week celebrating the launch of a new nursery in Davis.

The donation officially kicks off the nonprofit’s $9.5 million Brighter Tomorrows campaign to build a larger facility that will allow the nursery to create new programs, expand services and serve more people. children and families.

According to a press release, the new 9,000+ square foot facility, located on a one-acre parcel of land in South Davis, is offered by Blue Bus LP, replacing the nursery’s current location, a rental of 1,400 square feet. that the organization has occupied since its creation in 2001.

The inauguration of the new nursery is scheduled for the spring of 2023 and construction should be completed in the summer of 2024.

“We are extremely grateful for this generous donation and honored by the support of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation for
our mission,” said Heather Sleuter, CEO of Yolo Crisis Nursery. “Their gift is a source of
inspiration. It reflects our shared commitment to helping children and families in Yolo County and offers
the resources to act on that vision, to actually create a better future.

Yolo Crisis Nursery’s new home will include:

  • More than triple the number of beds to accommodate children overnight
  • Designated spaces for preschool classes, training sessions and meetings
  • Private offices for parent counseling and other enveloping services
  • Space for medical assessments, targeted therapy, parent training and expanded services
  • Outdoor play area, with separate age-appropriate areas
  • Improved facilities and equipment, from an efficient and modern kitchen to critical security systems
  • Administrative spaces, storage and entrance areas to provide more efficient services
  • Many guest perks including access to public transportation, convenience to nearby grocery store
    and pharmacy, and a community park within walking distance

“Yolo Crisis Nursery is transforming lives,” said Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation Tribal Chairman Anthony Roberts. “By
protecting children, supporting parents in crisis and preserving families, the crèche breaks generational cycles of abuse and neglect. We are proud to partner with Yolo Crisis Nursery and enable this critical expansion of their work.

Yolo Crisis Nursery is the county’s leading nonprofit to raise healthy, resilient children, strengthen parents, and preserve families. Daycare programs and services keep children safe and healthy while providing parents with the support and resources to manage and overcome the underlying issues that brought them to daycare.

This distinctive and welcoming approach addresses the root causes of abuse, neglect and the fragility of families in crisis. In its first 20 years, the daycare helped over 7,500 children and their families. With the support of the daycare, thousands of parents have gained employment, permanent housing, and the parenting skills needed to help their children thrive. Additionally, the pandemic and population growth in Yolo County have significantly increased the demand for Yolo Crisis Nursery services.

In 2021 the Nursery:

  • Served 67% more families
  • More than 2,429 safe stays for children
  • Delivery of nearly 3,900 care packages to families in crisis, a 43% increase compared to 2020

“Even before 2020, we were pushed beyond our capacity and planning for a new facility,” said Yolo Crisis Nursery Board President Jennifer Thayer. “The pandemic has accelerated an already urgent situation. The needs of our community were unprecedented.

The Brighter Tomorrows Campaign

The Brighter Tomorrows Campaign will fund the construction of the new facility and support the nursery as it transitions to its home, creating new and expanded programs, and meeting the broader levels of service enabled by the building.

In addition to the $2.5 million lead donation from the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation and the land donation from Blue Bus LP, the Brighter Tomorrows Campaign has received generous support with leadership donations from Sutter Health, Our Little Light Foundation , First 5 Yolo, The Johanna Anderson Trueblood Foundation, Valente Foundation, Kelly
Foundation and Mohini Jain.

The City of Davis ($500,000) and Yolo County ($1 million) have also committed U.S. bailout funding for the new facility. As it enters the next phase of the Brighter Tomorrows campaign, Yolo Crisis Nursery has raised $8 million of its $9.5 million goal.

“The early support from the community has been remarkable,” said Jane Eadie, chair of the Brighter Tomorrows campaign. “From Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation’s tremendous gift to local businesses, Yolo County, the City of Davis and the Yolo Crisis Nursery Board of Directors, Campaign Cabinet and friends, the generosity and compassion of our community have been a source of inspiration.

Individuals, businesses, and foundations interested in learning more about the Brighter Tomorrows campaign and how they can get involved can contact Becky Heard, Director of Development and Community Relations for Yolo Crisis Nursery, at [email protected] or (530) 758-6680.

Dora W. Clawson