Non-profit celebrates anniversary

By Anna Carrera

Published 07/10 2014 05:46PM

Updated 07/10 2014 06:17PM

URBANA -- A non-profit celebrated a big milestone this week. It's the Crisis Nursery's 30th anniversary. The group has taken in upwards of 15,000 kids in the past few decades. That impact can be seen every day.

The group has been at its current location since 2000. The goal is to prevent child abuse and neglect by giving kids a safe place to stay. In honor of the big anniversary, staff members got challenged to raise $1,800. That's how much it costs to operate the nursery for one day. They met that goal and then some, raising more than $3,000.

"I think that's what's really special about our staff," said Crisis Nursery executive director Stephanie Record. "They all believe in the mission and they're not here just to do the job. They really believe in keeping kids safe and making it a great environment for them, so they really kind of stepped up to that challenge."

There are about 30 staff members there, plus volunteers who help take care of kids during the week. The money they raised goes toward keeping the nursery running. Usually they have enough people on hand to take care of 12 kids at a time. Record says the past few years have been great and they're looking forward to keep this work going in the future.

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