Crisis Nursery opened its doors with two small cottages on Fillmore Street, providing warm beds, nourishing meals, medical attention and caring arms for six young children.
Crisis Nursery moved to its current Children's Shelter, a specifically designed building on two acres near the Maricopa Medical Center, serving 36 children from birth to age 10.
A daytime preschool program was piloted for children of at-risk families upon leaving Crisis Nursery's Shelter.
FACES (Families and Children Experiencing Success), Crisis Nursery's early childhood education program, serving up to 80 at-risk children, was established in the Virginia G. Piper Child and Family Center on 24th Street. This program gave these children and their families additional services (including wrap-around child care, transportation and family support services) to enhance their family's well-being and stability.
The Southeast Phoenix Healthy Families Team moved into Crisis Nursery, providing home visitation and support services to even more at-risk families with infants who were identified at birth in the hospital.
Crisis Nursery continued to collaborate with a variety of Valley community-based organizations, including Southwest Human Development Head Start, City of Phoenix Head Start program, Child Crisis Center East Valley, West Valley Child Crisis Center, Portable Assessments for Kids and the Greater Phoenix Child Abuse Prevention Council, pooling resources to enhance our collective efforts of breaking the cycle of abuse and neglect.
Crisis Nursery acquired the assets of Marcus House (a residential home in a Central Phoenix neighborhood) which now provides a home for an additional six children.
Crisis Nursery contracted with Child Protective Services (CPS) and entered into a new arena of foster care; through recruiting and supervising Foster Families, providing a Receiving Center for children who await placement by CPS and providing visitation services for CPS families. 1,640 supervised visits were made to 381 children and families.
Crisis Nursery continued to grow by providing care to 1,201 children, averaging three years old. Staff also increased their outreach by giving 36,180 days of care and 8,225 home visits to families.