Kendra, Crisis Nursery

photo_3.JPGKendra’s hopes and dreams for her family could have been derailed. Without warning and with just two weeks left at Monroe Community College, the mother of four lost her childcare provider for her daughter, Issys. Kendra turned to the Crisis Nursery.

This would be the second time the Crisis Nursery stepped in to help. Kendra first brought her children to the home at 201 Genesee Park Blvd. in 2013 when her youngest son, Lorenzo, needed surgery. Kendra could not focus on his recovery while caring for the other three children in his hospital room where space was limited, but she had no other trusted childcare options. Social workers referred her to the Crisis Nursery.

"It was stressful," Kendra says, "but Lorenzo's situation outweighed everything. I had to make a critical decision."

She says Crisis Nursery staff made her children feel right at home and gave Kendra peace of mind at no cost to the family. Staff members called her with updates on the children three to four times a day. They sent the family home with food, clothing and referrals to other resources in the community.

"The Crisis Nursery gave me more than I felt they had to," Kendra says.

The Crisis Nursery answered Kendra's second call for help this year. While she finished her last two weeks of classes and completed her final exams, the Crisis Nursery ensured Kendra's daughter, Issys, was safe and loved.

“My worry was completely gone,” she says.

Kendra graduated from MCC in May. She plans to transfer to Rochester Institute of Technology to major in American Sign Language and Interpretation.