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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Child Abuse Prevention, Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Crime & Law, Domestic Violence, Emergency Assistance, Family Violence Shelters, Homeless & Housing, Human Services

Mission: The primary purpose of the Saint Louis Crisis Nursery is to provide a safe haven for children, birth through age 12, thereby preventing child abuse and neglect, and to support the needs of families. Children are cared for in the Nursery for any situation that may jeopardize their health and safety, including: parental stress, domestic violence, homelessness, and other family crises. The Crisis Nursery services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, at four locations throughout the St. Louis and St. Charles' regions and are free of charge.

Target demographics: children, birth to age 12, who are at risk of abuse or neglect.

Direct beneficiaries per year: More than 6,500 children and counseled more than 5,200 families

Geographic areas served: St. Louis, Missouri

Programs: S.O.S. for Kids: Provides 24-hour care for children at-risk of abuse or neglect; children receive a medical exam, developmental assessment, art/play therapy, 3 meals/3 snacks, clothing, toys, books; Family Empowerment Program (FEP): Provides follow-up support services to families, including home visits, “stay-at-home” parent services and parent education groups; 24-Hour Helpline: Immediate access to crisis intervention, counseling, and resource referrals for families.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

I volunteered at the Crisis Nursery for 6 years. The staff is warm and wonderful, they really care about the kids. I have seen parents come in at the end of their rope, so thankful that there is a safe place for their children. The kids LOVE to stay at the Crisis Nursery!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have a family member that uses this organization regularly and they are a gift from GOD to her and to the children she has and to my own family. I would love to be able to help her out more often but unfortunately I can't-health problems get in my way. I do not know what she would have done had the Crisis Nursery not been able to assist her.



Rating: 5

I have volunteered with this organization for six years. I was first drawn to the Crisis Nursery because of its mission: to prevent child abuse and neglect by providing temporary shelter for children whose families are in crisis. (Preventing child abuse "breaks the cycle" of abuse, since children who are not abused are less likely to become abusers themselves.) I like the fact that the Nursery, now in its 26th year, uses funds effectively and efficiently, staffing five locations 24/7, 365 days/yr, serving the entire St. Louis and St. Charles County areas. The staff helps families resolve crises and keep families together. I have met young mothers in the community who, when they find out that I volunteer with the Crisis Nursery, tell me they are grateful for the support of the Nursery when they needed help. These women are now employed, some attending school, and successfully caring for their children. They are also "paying it forward", trying to help others. When I first became a volunteer with the Crisis Nursery, a staff member related a story to me that really demonstrated the effect that the Nursery has on the lives of children in our community. During introductions at one of the new volunteer orientation meetings, a young woman (a new volunteer) told the group that, at a young age, she had been a "child in the Nursery". As the Volunteer Coordinator gave the group a tour of the Nursery, the young woman looked around and observed, "it looks different, but it feels the same." This is just one example of how the Crisis Nursery impacts and changes lives, not just today, but for future generations of parents. For more information, of if you would like to volunteer, please visit our website at crisisnurserykids.org.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Saint Louis Crisis Nursery Saves Babies Lives, Keeps Kids Safe and Builds Strong Families! For the past 25 years, we have worked to prevent child abuse and neglect. 99% of the children we have worked with have not experienced abuse or neglect and 99% have returned home! The Crisis Nursery now has 5 locations and 4 Outreach Centers! The St. Louis and St. Charles communities have been very supportive. We have over 300 volunteers that rock babies, read books and take the kids outside to play!