Crisis center for children opens in southern Illinois

 

WEST FRANKFORT, IL –  Do you have a safe place to keep your children during a crisis like the cold weather we’re experiencing? If you don’t, a recently launched organization in Southern Illinois said their doors are open right now to help.

It could be a medical emergency, homelessness, domestic abuse, or extreme weather. A crisis can happen at any time and the Night’s Shield Crisis Center wants you to know they can help by looking after your children.

“Sometimes you just need that extra support system so you can get yourself taken care of or your crisis,” said Executive Director Lindsey Bullman.

As temperatures drop, the Night’s Shield has plenty of beds open. The program is a temporary emergency childcare center for children from birth to the age of 18.  Bullman said the center does a dress a need in southern Illinois.

 “To see and work with families and kids that have experienced trauma like that is heartbreaking. Because you know that most of the time there is some kind of prevention that could have happened early on,” said Bullman.

 This program is more than giving kids a place to sleep for a couple of nights. Organizers say it is about preventing future neglect and strengthening families. 

 “If we can help lower parent stress and offer family support… when you lower parent stress, you lower the amount of abuse, neglect, in the home,” said Bullman.

This is the first program of its kind in southern Illinois and they are eager to get started. You can keep your child in the center for a couple of hours or a couple of days.

If you know anyone who could benefit from the services at the Night’s Shield Crisis Center in West Frankfort, call  618-932-6400.

The program is a 6-month pilot. They are in need of community support for more information; click here.

 

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