The Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, a local non-profit organization dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect, celebrated a prevention focused milestone during the month of July. Since opening our doors in 1987 the Nursery has now kept 100,000 kids safe from child abuse and neglect. During our first year, 427 little ones were served and today more than 5,000 children are cared for each year.
While our beginnings came from the heartbreaking loss of two-year-old Vanessa Kay Behan, we are grateful that the Nursery has been here for so many other children. It is our promise to this community that we will continue the work you helped us start over 31 years ago. There is no better legacy we can leave than a healthy community full of strong families. For that we are deeply grateful to our supporters who have helped us build this strong foundation and are honored to continue to be here for the children and families of our community.
While the Nursery takes a moment to celebrate this exciting milestone, we know there is still much more to accomplish as Spokane County has a higher abuse and neglect rate than any other county in the state. With the recent string of child deaths related to abuse and neglect in the area; the Nursery feels an obligation to step up and see what more can be done to prevent these tragedies from happening because that has been our goal from the beginning—to prevent what happened to Vanessa Behan from happening to other kids in our community. To learn more about the Nursery’s new growth initiative to prevent child abuse and neglect and deepen our impact for children and families visit www.vanessabehan.org/projecteverykid.