Real Impact (true story):
Josh came home from work one morning, and his wife had left him and their four children without any explanation. He had to continue working full-time in order to provide for his children, but with his wife gone, he had nobody to care for them while he was working.
The Family Support Center's Crisis Nursery became a life-saver for Josh. He was able to drop his children off and know that they were in a safe and happy place until he was able to find permanent child care. He exclaimed multiple times that without the help of the Crisis Nurseries, the transition to being a single-parent family would have been so much harder, both for him and his children.
Family Support Center Crisis Nurseries provide free 24/7 care to children ages 11 and under for overwhelmed parents and families in crisis, and make a real difference in real lives every day in our community.
The Family Support Center started in 1977 in response to the need for respite care for overburdened families in Salt Lake and to keep children safe, and has since helped tens of thousands of local families be happier, safer, and healthier. A network of supportive services are now offered free of charge, or on a sliding scale fee basis. They include:
Crisis Nurseries: 24/7 free respite care for children ages 11 and under. Overwhelemd parents can take a stress break, attend meetings or deal with emergenices, access community services or receive on-site counseling without the barrier of safe, reliable childcare.
Counseling: Spanish and English individual and family therapy, children's play therapy, specialized support groups for victims of violence, and educational Parenting and Anger Management classes.
Family Mentors: Spanish and English free in-home parenting and family support.
LifeStart Village: A supportive housing and self-sufficiency training program for single parents who are sobering from drugs or alcohol, homeless, or escaping domestic violence.
Adoption Respite Care: In-home supportive respite care for families having adopted at least one child through the State of Utah.