For 22 years, stressed-out parents in dire need of an emergency timeout from their children have found help at the Bay Area Crisis Nursery.
No matter the hour, the modest but attractive house in Concord has kept its porch light on for parents struggling to maintain their sanity while dealing with a range of pressure-cooker situations, from a lost job to a lost home.
Here, parents find a safe haven to leave their children while they take care of other pressing matters or get a needed respite. Parents can leave children for up to 30 days in the care of trained staff.
As the only facility of its kind in the Bay Area, the nonprofit organization rolls out its welcome mat to anyone in the nine-county region, with the one caveat being that it only accepts children 5 and younger.
Being unable to serve children in the 6 to 11 age group ate away at founder Sister Ann Weltz.
“Emergency timeout from their children” and “get a needed respite” are statements that I find as evidence of the total selfishness of our culture. I know that there are situations where it is a good idea to get children out of the house while the parents sort things through, but in these cases it would be more accurate to say that the children need a emergency time out from their parents. Up to 30 days seems more like a kennel than a nursery.