Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

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Join us October 3rd from 7 a.m - 10:00 a.m. for the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery Telethon!
The goal of the telethon is to raise $35,000 to help keep our kids safe and strengthen families. This $35,000 will allow us to serve nearly 100 children!
Call 509-443-1111 to make a donation >>

The mission of the Crisis Nursery is to provide immediate refuge for children and support to strengthen families. This mission evolved from the tragic story of Vanessa Kay Behan, a Spokane girl who died from child abuse injuries at the age of two. Following her death, a group of local business people established the Crisis Nursery so that parents would have a safe place to bring their children in the face of crises.

Our primary services are:
  • 24-hour child care for infants and children under the age of seven
  • Parent education
  • Crisis counseling for parents
  • Referrals to other community agencies

Who We Help
The Crisis Nursery helps parents who are having difficulty providing safe shelter and care for their children. They may be dealing with issues as complex as substance abuse, domestic violence and homelessness. Or, they may just be exhausted and worn-out from the demands of parenting.
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  • Vanessa Behan nursery helps kids, volunteers

    Vanessa Behan nursery helps kids, volunteers

    Monday, September 28 2015 10:05 PM EDT2015-09-29 02:05:16 GMT
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    SPOKANE, Wash. - The Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery has been helping parents and children for more than two decades. The Crisis Nursery offers a safe place for children up to age six to go. Vanessa Behan also provides diapers and formula, as well as offers parenting classes.>>
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  • Male volunteers at Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery hold special place

    Male volunteers at Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery hold special place

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    SPOKANE, Wash.- The employees and volunteers at the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery have a lot in common. They are kind and loving people, dedicated to making the lives of local kids and their families a little bit better. Another thing they have in common, they're almost all women. But KHQ's Allison Flicker found there is a few men there, and their presence is very special to the nursery.>>
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  • Male workers leave lasting impact at Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery

    Male workers leave lasting impact at Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery

    Friday, October 10 2014 4:49 PM EDT2014-10-10 20:49:51 GMT
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    Trevor Brace is 1 of only 2 male house parents at the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery. "With babies, I don't have that magic touch," he explained.  "My magic touch is letting kids be themselves, and jump all over me.">>
    Trevor Brace is 1 of only 2 male house parents at the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery. "With babies, I don't have that magic touch," he explained.  "My magic touch is letting kids be themselves, and jump all over me.">>
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    Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery Kicks Off 13th Annual 'Burgers With A Heart' Fundraiser At Red Robin!

    SPOKANE, Wash., - The Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery is once again partnering with Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (Red Robin)  to host the 13th annual "Burgers With A Heart" fundraiser!>>
    SPOKANE, Wash., - The Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery is once again partnering with Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (Red Robin)  to host the 13th annual "Burgers With A Heart" fundraiser!>>
  • When It Becomes Too Much, The Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery Is There

    When It Becomes Too Much, The Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery Is There

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Staff at the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery say the majority of parents that come through the doors have good intentions, but are perhaps struggling financially or might just be emotionally overwhelmed.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Staff at the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery say the majority of parents that come through the doors have good intentions, but are perhaps struggling financially or might just be emotionally overwhelmed.>>
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    Volunteers Of All Shapes And Sizes Help At The Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery

    SPOKANE, Wash. - If a helping hand could be a shinning coin, Dave Simmons would be showering the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery with change. >>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - If a helping hand could be a shinning coin, Dave Simmons would be showering the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery with change. >>
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