Students from California State University, Stanislaus have joined together to help provide donations to the Children’s Crisis Center of Stanislaus County. The Children’s Crisis Center of Stanislaus County is a private, non-profit organization that provides child abuse prevention and intervention programs. The organization currently has five shelters located in Modesto, Turlock, and Oakdale.
“We provide free child care and, in emergency situations, also provide temporary night care, to help families get back on their feet,” stated Jessica McGhee, Assistant Specialist at the Turlock Children’s Crisis Center. Free childcare is provided for low-income families who cannot afford childcare and are seeking employment opportunities, or need to go to work. The center also helps families by providing counseling services to prevent future risks of abuse and neglect.
“In Turlock, the house is serving about 30 children everyday,” stated McGhee. “One house in Modesto serves about 65 children per day.”
McGhee shared that the most common needs are counseling services and childcare services while low-income parents search for work. Families are interviewed after the application process, and then assigned a case manager to determine if they qualify for the childcare.
The Center provides 24-hour emergency shelter and childcare services to children from birth to 17 years of age. Support services offered to families in crisis through the organization’s Respite Childcare Program include: 24-hour FamilyLINE (crisis counseling), Case Management, Family Advocacy, and Homelessness Prevention Rapid Re-housing (HPRP).
Derrick Saenz-Payne, Director of Diversity at Associated Students Incorporated (ASI) at CSU Stanislaus, stated that after hearing of the Child’s Crisis Center from a professor during a sociology class, he knew he wanted to get CSU Stanislaus involved.
“Once I got in this position [Director of Diversity], and I realized I had the resources to put something together, it just immediately clicked that this was an organization that I wanted to help,” stated Saenz-Payne. He then started organizing the fundraiser by contacting the house supervisor at the Turlock location, and getting a marketing team put together at the university.
“I was torn between doing a canned food drive specifically, or doing a goods drive, which would include items such as hygiene products,” stated Saenz-Payne. “So I decided to do both. Students had the option to donate non-perishable foods or goods.”
With a table set up in the quad area of the university, flyers made and distributed, and representatives from the Child’s Crisis Center present, the fundraiser was set up and ready to go.
“In the first week, we received over 6 full boxes of food and goods to donate,” stated Saenz-Payne. “The people who donated would bring in full bags at a time.”
The fundraiser, which is still occurring at the university until December 14th, is expected to help the Turlock community directly.
“I thought it’d be really good to organize something that could directly help the Turlock community,” stated Saenz-Payne.
The Children’s Crisis Center stated that they were appreciative of CSU Stanislaus’ involvement in fundraising for the organization.
To make a donation at CSU Stanislaus, please visit the Warriors Activity Center, located at One University Circle in Turlock. To learn more about the Children’s Crisis Center of Stanislaus County, or to donate online, please visit www.childrenscrisiscenter.com.