As part of their volunteer service hours, two employees from Arsenal’s marketing department – Jenny Remes and Ken Moser – spent half of their work day on Feb. 16 engaging with kids at a St. Louis Crisis Nursery (SLCN) site in North County. The house, located next to Christian Hospital Northeast, is one of five in the St. Louis area that SLCN operates. Special care is provided to children whose families are facing an emergency or crisis.
Friendships were quickly established between Remes, Moser and the nine children who were staying at the 24-hour safe shelter at the time. The day’s activities included playtime, snack time/meal, and quiet/nap time.
“As the mother of three young boys, I was interested in helping out at an organization that works with children,” Remes said. “This ended up being an incredible experience.”
“It was great to be part of such a loving environment,” said Moser, the father of two grown daughters. “I would volunteer there again in a heartbeat. It was hard to say good-bye to the kids.”
SLCN is an independent, not-for-profit agency funded by donations. The agency is committed to preventing child abuse and neglect by providing short-term, emergency shelter for children, birth through age 12. The average stay of a child is two to three days. Families may voluntarily bring their children to any of the nursery sites for a variety of reasons, including: overwhelming parental stress; parental or sibling illness or death; lack of utilities, food or shelter; domestic violence; and other emergency situations which jeopardize the safety and well-being of the child and necessitate temporary parent-child separation. In addition to the direct care of the children, the Crisis Nursery gives ongoing support and follow-up care to families and serves as a child/family advocate within the social services system.