Impact and Programs
The Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery works to prevent child abuse and build strong families. To this goal we measure outcomes from parent reports and staff observation to evaluate the impact of our programs in achieving this change. Families and children that participate in our crisis helpline, overnight care at the Nursery, community referrals, home visiting and mental health find a safe place to turn in a crisis and partners in building a more stable future.
In 2021 reports show strong outcomes that helped families move towards greater strength and stability. Some of the key indicators are 92% of parents/guardians report learning new techniques to reduce stress; 100% of home visiting families report increasing their knowledge of child development; 100% of home visiting families report increasing their knowledge of community resources; 97% of parents/guardians report having a safety plan to keep their family safe and 97% of parents report the Crisis Nursery helped them alleviate crisis.
The overall goal is to prevent child abuse and neglect and create strong, healthy families. To accomplish this family advocates will seek to provide 2600 crisis calls from parents and guardians; will provide supportive counseling and goal-setting to 800 parents who place their children at the Crisis Nursery; Child Development Specialists will nurture 1500 children staying at the Crisis Nursery (duplicated) , The Nursery Way program will help children increase coping skills and acquire resilience, Home Visiting will help 20 families work toward healthier parent-child relationships and stability, Adult Mental Health Services will provide 18 parents with therapy services. As the Nursery continues to restore program capacity as restrictions from COVID-19 and staffing allow, programmatic goals will rebuild to full capacity.
Community or Constituency Served
Our residential program serves children ages newborn - 6 years of age from families in crisis, living in Hennepin County. Our home visiting and mental health programs serve the whole family (all ages), living within Hennepin County. The families we serve have the following characteristics: 88% are individuals of color 99% of parents are female, and the majority are single parenting. The families we serve are overcoming challenges of poverty, 75% have household incomes under $10,000 annually. The majority of parents have experienced domestic violence and many of families are homeless.
Geographic Area Served