Toby’s House aims to bring hope and comfort to those in need
GREAT FALLS – Toby’s House Crisis Nursery in Great Falls reports that it is seeing an increase in the number of families approaching their doors. The nursery, which opened a little over a year ago, is named in honor of October “Toby” Perez. She was two years old when she was killed by her mother’s boyfriend in 2011. A decade later, the nursery established in her honor is working to help children in similar situations.
Susie Zeak, principal of Toby’s House Crisis Nursery, said: “We probably get at least three calls a week from parents who have experienced some kind of violence in their home. What we see the most is physical abuse and a lot of neglect. happening in our community. Children deserve to have a good childhood, to be carefree, to play, to laugh and have fun. And when children see violence in their homes, when they hear that they are victims of violence, taken with them into adulthood. “
While receiving an increasing number of phone calls and families seeking sanctuary, Toby’s House aims to give hope to those in need.
Zeak explained, “For children to be resilient, they need to have adults around them who support them, who support them, who love them and who are kind. right there for them. “
As victim support services have grown, the increase in the number of abused families remains a constant problem.
Toby’s House posted on Facebook:
Last month we took care of an adorable girl who had the biggest and most beautiful eyes I have ever seen. I had just come into work and after dropping my things off I introduced myself to the little girl. She didn’t say much but I made sure she knew she was in a safe place. His mother had called us to need our services for the day. Mom was beaten by her husband while their daughter was watching.
We are getting more and more calls like this. Moms, dads and even grandparents who need our help because of violence in the home.
We pride ourselves on being able to help families when they need help with their children. We are even more proud that we can provide a place for children where they can be safe and just be kids.
Jamie Marshall, Dandelion Foundation Board Member, said: “The topic of child safety is always an important topic to discuss. Toby’s house is a wonderful resource that our community has now and maybe more and more famous, and people are taking advantage of that, which is the whole purpose of Toby’s House is to be used as preventative measure.”
Marshall continued, “Science definitely proves that there is a change in the science of the brain when children are neglected, abused in any form. It changes an individual. This trauma is significant.”
The crisis crèche provides short-term care for children brought in voluntarily by a parent or legal guardian. There are many reasons people use emergency child care for temporary child care or respite, including:
- There is no safe place a child can stay while solving personal problems
- Someone is not able to take care of their child as they would like
- An important date but a safe person to leave a child with
- When stress and life issues become too hard to tolerate and could lead to a child or when someone feels like they are losing control
- Medical emergencies where a caregiver needs immediate assistance with temporary childcare
- Mental health, substance abuse crisis
- Respite for foster parents
The services provided by Toby’s House Crisis Nursery are free and do not require any qualifications.
Click here to visit the Dandelion Foundation website to learn more about the organization.