Community volunteers started the Crisis Nursery in 1989. Its mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect by providing emergency, temporary care, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for children who may be at risk or whose parents are experiencing some type of crisis.
It was Marinda "Mini" O'Beirne's love of children and her desire to combat child abuse that brought a crisis nursery to central Illinois. Mini was an administrative assistant to an Illinois State Representative when she heard of a crisis nursery in another city. She spent two years investigating, planning and encouraging others to join her crusade against child abuse. Amidst all of her planning, she died of cancer on April 29, 1988. A steering committee carried out Mini's dream and named the Nursery in her honor.
The Mini O'Beirne Crisis Nursery opened May 15, 1989. In its first year, the Crisis Nursery staff of six cared for 400 children. Today, 13 full and part-time staff care for over 2000 children each year.
The Crisis Nursery is a non-profit social service agency. Because there is no charge for care, the Nursery depends on financial support from government, corporate and local grants, fundraising through special events and contributions by businesses, community organizations and individuals.
Our special events include Trivia Night every February; "Green Nose Days" every March; Annual Golf Outing every spring; and our very special "Children's Holiday store" open from the day after Thanksgiving through December 23rd every year.