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St. Louis Crisis Nursery honors county resource board

Posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 3:56 pm

Accepting the award for the Lincoln County Resource Board were, from left, Margie Beckmann, board member; Cheri Winchester, executive director, and Kathy Boessen, chairperson.
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The Saint Louis Crisis Nursery honored the Lincoln County Resource Board (LCRB) at its April 7, 2018, Razzle Dazzle Ball.
The LCRB received the Nursery’s H.U.G.S. & K.I.S.S.E.S. “Funder of the Year” award. Since 2009, the LCRB has funded the not-for-profit Crisis Nursery Wentzville to provide respite care services to Lincoln County children.
“We are incredibly honored to receive this recognition from the Crisis Nursery,” said LCRB Chairperson Kathy Boessen. “Because of our funding and partnership, Lincoln County children can receive compassionate care, warm beds and baths, new clothes, nutritious food and safe opportunities to play and just be a kid while parents receive needed support to get through difficult times. The funding is designed to prevent child abuse and neglect and to strengthen and empower local families.”
The nursery works to prevent child abuse and neglect by providing short-term, emergency shelter for children, birth through age 12, whose families are faced with emergencies or who are in crisis. Through LCRB funding, Lincoln County children and families can access Crisis Nursery Wentzville respite care services at no cost.
According to LCRB board member Margie Beckmann, Lincoln County parents and caregivers voluntarily turn to the nursery for a variety of reasons.
“Some parents may suffer from overwhelming parental stress, domestic violence or have a medical condition that needs attention,” said Beckmann. “Other caregivers are struggling financially, lacking utilities, food or shelter, bringing families to the Crisis Nursery’s door.”
In addition to providing funding, the LCRB and Crisis Nursery have partnered on an awareness video, which can be viewed at www.lincolncountykids.org,to educate Lincoln County residents of LCRB-funded programs and services. The nursery also has collaborated with the LCRB on its annual Legislative Summit & Mobile Outreach tour, providing tours of the nursery and educating policymakers on trauma-informed care.
“In 2017 alone, the nursery served 50 Lincoln County children,” said LCRB Executive Director Cheri Winchester. “Of the children served, 100 percent did not have a substantiated child abuse hotline report and all of the children remained with their parents, or in their natural family home. Beyond the data, simply stepping foot inside the nursery and witnessing the homelike environment—babies being rocked to sleep, children laughing and playing with the Nursery staff—validates that investing in the Crisis Nursery improves the health and quality of life for our kids and families.”
Boessen added that the award also recognizes the critical role voter-approved children’s services funds can play in meeting the needs of our children and strengthening local families.