The Lehman Center has one of only three crisis nurseries in the state of Pennsylvania. We are a support to families that otherwise have no support and a valuable asset to the York community area. We offer short term respite care (day/overnight), 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for children newborn through six years of age. Families voluntarily bring their children to our center for a variety of reasons, including:
- overwhelming parental stress
- lack of utilities, food or shelter
- emergency medical need
- other emergency situations which jeopardize the safety and well being of the child and necessitate temporary parent-child separation.
The average stay for a child is three days. During his or her stay at the Crisis Nursery each child receives care by trained, loving staff and volunteers. These professionals provide individual attention to children who are coming from stressful environments.
Parents are encouraged to visit with their children by phone or in person each day.
For more information contact: Crisis Nursery Program Manager Janelle Swartz at 717-845-5771.
What parents say about our Crisis Nursery:
“I don’t know what I would have done if I didn’t have a safe place to leave my daughter when I had nowhere! I thank God for all you have done for my family.”
“I used your services a long time ago when I was in a horribly abusive relationship. You kept my children safe and also helped me find the strength to leave my abuser and find the resources I needed to make a home for my family.”
“I will never forget what you did for my family and one day I will find a way to repay the kindness you showed me.”
“You supported me when no one else would.”