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The mission of the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery is to end child abuse and neglect and create strong and healthy families.
The Crisis Nursery provides voluntary, parent-initiated overnight residential care for children newborn through age six. Children can stay at the Crisis Nursery for up to 72-hours while their parent/guardian(s) work to alleviate their crisis. Additional services offered include counseling, parent education, and advocacy services.
I love the work the Crisis Nursery is doing with our community's most vulnerable children. And the staff is outstanding! They always thank me every time I am able to help with the kids or other volunteer tasks. They make you feel like you are the most important person to the Nursery. I love spending time with the children and sharing hugs and play time with them. I feel like I really make a difference to the children and its a great feeling.
by Holly A. from Greensboro, NC
Very disappointed with the way I've been treated by this organization. I originally applied to be a child care volunteer here, got a call to set up an interview only to be told I couldn't because of some physical limitations I have.
The person I talked to on the phone immediately shut down as soon as I mentioned not being able to lift 40+ pounds but couldn't tell me specifically why I would need to be able to lift. The only answer she gave is that I needed to be able to "assist the child care staff." I still don't know why I can't, her answer was way too vague. She mentioned I could possibly volunteer as an enrichment activity volunteer, which I contacted the nursery about doing but never heard back. The first response I got seriously questioned my abilities and made it seem like I wasn't worthy of volunteering there. Seems very unprofessional, especially when someone's offering free help.