Supporting Children and Strengthening Families
Providing 24/7 emergency childcare &
family support The Mini O'Beirne Crisis Nursery opened May 15, 1989.
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, s
he died of cancer on April 29, 1988. A steering committee carried out Mini's dream and named the Nursery in her honor.
Please spread the word! This is an amazing opportunity for us to help replenish our supplies. We cannot thank Pleasant Plains Cardinals Football enough for their support!
Could it be that this was our last “feels like summer” day? 🍃 🍁
Check out our most updated Amazon Wishlist https://a.co/d3UP4Vl here.
Our friends are helping make a list of our most urgent needs:
Candy for Halloween events
Toilet bowl cleaner
Diapers sizes 3, 4, 5, 6
What a simple gift to share with another. New socks may be dropped off at Mini O'Beirne Crisis Nursery, just let the staff know that they are for The Outlet. We will be happy to pass them along.
Don’t be afraid to utilize your resources, take time for you because you are important too!
October was first declared as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in 1989. Since then, it has been a time to acknowledge domestic violence survivors and become a voice for its victims. Domestic violence is prevalent in every community, and affects all people regardless of age, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality.
Thank you! We are so proud!
This is the 21st year that Springfield Business Journal has partnered with United Community Bank to recognize 15 outstanding small businesses in the local area....
You never know what you might find happening here at Mini O'Beirne Crisis Nursery. We always have something exciting going on. 😁
For , I have attached the link to the Amazon list.
Our most urgent needs remain diapers in sizes N, 3, 4, 5, 6; all sizes of Pull-Ups; wipes; canned veggies; canned fruit/fruit cups; icing; Enfamil Infant and Similac 360 formulas; jelly; juice; quart baggies; ketchup; bbq sauce; paper towels; boys fall/winter clothes; girl’s underwear; toilet bowl cleaner. We are also collecting bags of candy for our Halloween party, Zoolie Ghoulie, and the Halloween Parade in October.
We appreciate your support in all the ways possible. Remember to have fun! 🤪
Sharing a little Monday motivation. 🥰
We had a wonderful time at the Community Baby Shower, meeting so many new and expecting parents. We love being a part of this event along with so many other amazing agencies.
Do you need some last minute summer clothes or want to plan for next year? We are getting rid of the last of our summer clothes. Please call or come by to see what we have. 217-525-6800
Better late than never…shouting out a huge THANK YOU to the Fat A 5K for their generous donation to Mini O'Beirne Crisis Nursery. We had a great time and are looking forward to participating again in 2024. 🏃♀️ 🍻 🐷
Please remember to take care of you. ❤️
We couldn’t wait to share pictures from our special day today. Our staff went above and beyond to make it another great day at Mini O'Beirne Crisis Nursery. ❤️
Welcome to friends! We have a lot going on here at Mini O'Beirne Crisis Nursery with upgraded internet service, new phone lines coming soon, and the rearranging and cleaning out of some rooms and storage areas.
Our Amazon Wishlist has been updated. https://a.co/d3UP4Vl is the link.
Our most urgent needs are the following:
Toilet bowl cleaner
Fall/Winter Boy clothes
Quart size baggies
Enfamil Infant formula
Diapers size 4 and up
Pull- ups all sizes
Similac 360 Formula
Thank you for your support and remember to work smarter, not harder, like our friend here!
This is Chef Michael Airhart of Taste for The Homeless! He is an absolute powerhouse of good for the community and world at large! He was featured on the The Jennifer Hudson Show where he talks about his work serving the homeless community.
He will be in town serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to our home insecure community Tuesday - Friday. He really knows how to roll out the red carpet to those in need and we think that is incredibly special. We are thankful & lucky to be working with him all week long!
Did you know it is National Diaper Awareness Week? Please consider picking up a package of diapers (Size 4 or larger) to donate to the nursery or a local diaper pantry.
Update: Phones and internet are up and working. 😁
MOCN will not have phone or internet service today while we are having work done. We appreciate your patience.
Parents, this is wonderful, FREE service for anyone interested.
Happy smiles makes our hearts happy here at Mini O'Beirne Crisis Nursery. Your support of any kind also makes us smile. 😁❤️
We are currently in need of 18mo and 2T boys clothes, as well as girls size 7/8. Diapers and wipes are always a need as well. We were able to provide diapers to 245 children last month due to the diaper donations received.
Our current Amazon Wishlist can be found here: https://a.co/d3UP4Vl
MOCN staff volunteered at the Prevent Child Abuse Illinois Family Fun Fest and had so much fun! Thank you to all who came out. The weather was beautiful and it was for a great cause. 🥰
We are in search of something similar to this. Does not have to be this color or size. We are wanting to make a designated space for staff to keep belongings while at work.
We’re dancing through the day while enjoying this beautiful weather. How have you been spending your day?🤔
We have continued to update the Amazon Wishlist with our current needs for those interested. This link will take you there. https://a.co/d3UP4Vl
Have a safe and wonderful weekend! 🥰
Last month WAND dropped off donations from a wonderful drive they held and we were one of the recipients chosen. What a blessing! 🥰
Do you enjoy playing with kids that you don’t have to take home with you? Rocking babies? Getting to know other adults who are also amazing?
We are always looking for volunteers, but we could especially use someone on Tuesdays from 1:45-5. This is the time of our parenting class and unfortunately we have some who cannot attend without childcare. By having another adult in the Nursery, we can take additional kids. It’s a win-win situation! Give us a call at 217-525-6800 ext 3 or check out our website at mocn.org.
If a reason is needed as to why MOCN could use a larger facility, consider the fact that as of 5pm today, 13 children had been turned away. 🥺
We love surprises and Kathy Smith sure had one for us earlier this month! She has been kind enough to drop off sandwichs and cheese puffs for the Nursery on more than one occasion. Thank you so much Kathy! 🥰
Welcome back ! While the kids and staff have been getting their grove on 💃🏼 🕺 , I’ve been working on updating our Amazon wishlist. 🧐 This link will take you directly to our list. https://a.co/d3UP4Vl
We get a lot of questions regarding what we need most at this time. In no particular order: diapers sizes 3, 4, 5 and 6; all sizes of pull-ups (any brand); baby wipes; gift cards for groceries and household items; bags of candy as we prepare for Halloween events and fresh fruit.
Larger size diapers are always at the top of the list. We could easily hand out $500 worth a week through the pantry, not to mention what we use in the Nursery. We do try to make them last but the need is high.
We hope you have been out enjoying the sunshine and cooler temps this week. ☀️
Do we have any gardeners/lovers of landscape out there? Our front area is looking beautiful but continues to need some upkeep that we could use help with. Give us a call if you are interested in helping out. 🌱
Please excuse us while we take time to get Mini O'Beirne Crisis Nursery back in order. We have been blessed to be selected by Blue Cross Blue Shield to be a part of their Clean Air Initiative. This means we are operating on a limited basis at the moment. We hope to be back in order late Monday. 😊
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ATTENTION: NEW AND EXPECTING MOMS! Please join us on September 23rd for a Community Baby Shower honoring YOU! Registration is now open for expecting moms and families who have a child under the age of two. Be sure to register now if you want the free diaper bag with lots of goodies inside!
We try to shout out our appreciation to all of our supporters, but today is a little more personal. If you have called or come by the Nursery in the last few weeks you may have noticed the staff looking or sounding a little frazzled. Or you may have been turned away for care due to capacity. The staff and our volunteers have worked tirelessly to provide care for a larger family with urgent needs. Even when they were exhausted and just wanted to go home to their own beds, they couldn’t say no. On multiple occasions they bought dinner for each other as they worked side by side, rocking babies and comforting little ones or finding new activities to do with them. Laundry and dishes still needed done, donations sorted, diapers handed out, questions answered. While maybe a little worse for wear, they each did it with love and grace and I am beyond proud to be a part of the MOCN team with them. It’s safe to say we are all going to miss these kiddos and hope to see them again. We may be tired but this is why we do what we do. And major props to Mom for doing all she does; no matter how sweet they are, parenting is hard work. ❤️
If you were one of the families we’ve had to turn away, please accept our apologies and know it was never an easy decision. We will be back to “normal” in a day or two.
Besides reiterating what a wonderful team of staff and volunteers we have, it has been reinforced to me the great need Mini O'Beirne Crisis Nursery and Springfield has for a larger facility.
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