Podcast: La Causa’s Crisis Nursery Gives Parents a Safe Option for Urgent Childcare

Podcast: La Causa’s Crisis Nursery Gives Parents a Safe Option for Urgent Childcare

The kids at La Causa's Crisis Nursery & Respite Center had fun with food and crafts on Thanksgiving

February 2, 2018

Produced by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

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It’s a situation that many parents have found themselves in – your regular babysitter cancelled and you have an important meeting, or an appointment, or are feeling extremely burnt out and need some quiet time to run errands and clean the house. What do you do in this situation?

For parents who do not have a local support network, are experiencing homelessness or domestic violence, or for those parents of kids with special needs, finding a safe and reliable source of childcare can be a significant challenge. Sometimes, the lack of options leads a parent to make an unsafe decision, such as leaving the child at home alone. 

La Causa’s Crisis Nursery and Respite Center serves approximately 600 children per year and is the only program of its kind in the state. Open 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, children who come into the nursery are provided with meals, baths, play time, nap time, and anything else they need to see them through the day happy and healthy. 

La Causa President and CEO George Torres and Nursery Program Manager Robyn Shemwell gave me a tour of the facility. George also shared his own personal connection to the work La Causa does around respite for parents of children with special needs.

Learn more about United Way program partner La Causa and their many programs, including the Crisis Nursery & Respite Center.

If you or someone you know are in need of a safe and comfortable childcare option, simply dial 2-1-1 to be connected to resources like La Causa’s Crisis Nursery and Respite Center.

Feeling inspired? Volunteer at La Causa and other local agencies through Volunteers United.

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