Crisis Nursery & Respite Center

522 W. Walker St.
Milwaukee, WI 53204
For help or info: (414) 902-1620
Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

For over 30 years, La Causa Crisis Nursery & Respite Center (CNRC) has been addressing the issue of child abuse and neglect by keeping children out of harm’s way.

Who We Are

The Crisis Nursery & Respite Center (CNRC) is a 12-bed shelter and a free resource to the community. The CNRC is the only facility of its kind in Wisconsin, providing a safe haven to children age birth to 12 as families face homelessness, domestic violence, medical needs, or other emergencies. Children can stay a few hours or up to three days. In addition to care in times of crisis, parents are also able to request respite care for their children during times of high stress.


“They gave me peace of mind because when they aren’t here, my daily life is just work and home; the only break I get is work.”
Kenya, CNRC Parent

“They gave us the support we needed to stay a family, for me and my daughter to stay together…We had some serious stuff happen; I don’t know where else I would have taken her.”

Edwina, CNRC Parent

“With them being here yesterday and I knew they were safe and having fun, I was able to organize some of my thoughts and today I feel much better. My kids love the staff.” 

CNRC Parent

“I thank God for La Causa. I’m glad they exist. They say it takes a village to raise a child, they are my village.”

Tasha, CNRC Parent

For over 30 years, the Crisis Nursery & Respite Center has kept children safe from abuse and neglect.

  • Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, at no charge.
  • Children stay a few hours or up to three days.
  • Available to children aged birth through 12 years.
  • Provide home-cooked meals, warm baths, clean beds, transportation to and from school and other necessities for children.
  • Dedicated staff cares for children and helps identify resources to strengthen and empower families.
  • Respite care is provided to families to help alleviate stress related to difficulties in the home including pressures related to caring for special needs children or dealing with other family issues.
Serve an average of 600 children every year*
Approximately 20% of children have special needs
Open 24/7
Reasons for Stay
100% of children served received quality care in a safe environment.
95% of parents that utilized the CNRC reported decreased stress levels.
95% of families felt that their relationship with their family became stronger because of their children’s stay.

CNRC accepts donations of new, unopened supplies, including:

  • Diapers (size 4/5/6 preferred)
  • Pull Ups
  • Wipes
  • Gerber Good Start Soother, Gentle or Soy Formula
  • Hair Brushes/ Combs
  • Baby Soap
  • Toothbrushes (both for kids under 2 and for older youth)
  • Cleaning supplies: Paper Towels, Dish Soap, Laundry Detergent.
  • Socks size 2T- 14/16
  • Packs of underwear size 5 through 12/16

To schedule a donation drop off call: 414-902-1620

Want to host a supply drive for CNRC? Email

Want to support our cause?

Monetary donations are critical in the continuation of this vital and important community resource. Please consider supporting our efforts in keeping children out of harm’s way.

Join the La Causa family, community members and business leaders for an evening of auctions, fun, food, and drinks to raise money to support the Crisis Nursery and Respite Center.

Call our Crisis Nursery & Respite Center | Open 24 hours, 365 days